updated 4/25/2011 9:16:40 AM ET 2011-04-25T13:16:40

CARLSBAD, Calif., April 25, 2011 (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, today announced the appointment of Patrick Ryan as the Company's Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Ryan joins the Company from Abbott Vascular Devices, where he has been the Vice President, North Asia since August 2010. This division of Abbott Vascular has annual revenues of $200 million. For the two years prior to his role in North Asia, he served as Abbott Vascular's Divisional Vice President for Canada and Latin America. Prior to that position, Mr. Ryan held two senior roles in Operations, specifically, Divisional Vice President, Worldwide Operations and Divisional Vice President, Operations, Cardiac Therapies. Before joining Abbott, Mr. Ryan held several positions with Guidant Corporation, including Vice President and Managing Director, Guidant Ireland. Prior to joining Guidant, Mr. Ryan served 14 years in the United States Navy, earning the rank of Commander. He received his MS in Petroleum Management from University of Kansas and his BS, from the United States Naval Academy.

Dirk Kuyper, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are extremely excited to welcome a professional of Pat Ryan's caliber to Alphatec Spine's management team. Pat's years of senior-level leadership on a global scale in the medical device industry will allow him to rapidly add value as our COO."

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.S., via a direct sales force 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.

Also visit the Aging Spine Center, a web-based information portal for healthcare providers and patients regarding aging spine disorders and their treatment. Alphatec Spine is working with the National Osteoporosis Foundation as well as other clinical portals that provide peer-reviewed content, to populate the Aging Spine Center. The interactive website will enable patients to review pertinent information about all the key disorders that affect the aging spine in an easy-to-understand format that includes videos, graphics and questions that should be asked of caregivers. Medical information will include published abstracts regarding the aging spine.

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Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainty. Such statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Please refer to the risks detailed from time to time in Alphatec Spine's SEC reports, including quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, reports on Form 8-K and annual reports on Form 10-K. Alphatec Spine disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, unless required by law.

CONTACT: Michael O'Neill
         Chief Financial Officer
         Alphatec Spine, Inc.
         (760) 494-6746
         investorrelations@alphatecspine.com
         
         Westwicke Partners
         Lynn C. Pieper
         (415) 202-5678
         lynn.pieper@westwicke.com

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