updated 11/2/2010 9:45:59 AM ET 2010-11-02T13:45:59

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 2, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC), the parent company of Alphatec Spine, Inc., a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, with a focus on treating conditions related to the aging spine, announced today that Heather Rider, who has over 25 years of executive-level Human Resource experience in the medical device and healthcare industry, has been named the Company's new Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources.

Most recently, Ms. Rider served as Vice President of Human Resources for Intuitive Surgical, Inc., which is located in Sunnyvale, California. During Ms. Rider's tenure at Intuitive Surgical, the company grew from $227M to $1.3B in revenues and went from being primarily a U.S.-based company to becoming a global leader in the surgical robotics industry. 

Prior to joining Intuitive Surgical Ms. Rider was the Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources for Sunrise Medical Inc., a medical equipment manufacturer based in Carlsbad, California. Prior to Sunrise Medical, Mrs. Rider served in vice president level positions at several other medical device and healthcare companies, including Biosense Webster, a division of Johnson and Johnson, and City of Hope, a leading cancer treatment and research center.

"We are pleased to have Heather join our senior management team. Her experience will be extremely valuable as we continue to integrate our global team and develop the culture necessary to be a worldwide leader in the spinal market," said Dirk Kuyper, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mrs. Rider received her MBA from Pepperdine University and her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.

About Alphatec Spine

Alphatec Spine, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC). Alphatec Spine is a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, primarily focused on the aging spine. The Company's mission is to combine world-class customer service with innovative, surgeon-driven design that will help improve the aging patient's quality of life. The Company is poised to achieve its goal through new solutions for patients with osteoporosis, stenosis and other aging spine deformities, improved minimally invasive products and techniques and integrated biologics solutions. In addition to its U.S. operations, the Company also markets its products in over 50 international markets through its subsidiary, Scient'x S.A., via a direct salesforce in France, Italy and the United Kingdom and via independent distributors in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, South America and Latin America. In Asia and Australia, the Company markets its products through its subsidiary, Alphatec Pacific, Inc., and through Scient'x's distributors in China, Korea and Australia. 

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