Amedica Corporation (NASDAQ:AMDA), a company that develops and commercializes silicon nitride ceramics as a biomaterial platform, today announced the appointment of internationally renowned scientist Giuseppe Pezzotti, Ph.D. to its Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Pezzotti will advise the Company on the scientific properties and clinical applications of silicon nitride, and assist Amedica in further developing its technology.

“As a highly-differentiated biomaterials company focused on silicon nitride, Amedica is delighted to welcome Dr. Pezzotti and share his passion and expertise in biomaterials science,” said Dr. Sonny Bal, chairman and CEO of Amedica Corporation. “The addition of Dr. Pezzotti to our Scientific Advisory Board will consolidate our niche in silicon nitride technology, and promote innovation, differentiation, and further development of a unique biomaterial platform. Professor Pezzotti’s previous work on silicon nitride has recently led to new insights into the surface nanostructure of silicon nitride, and why the material is so conducive toward bone cell proliferation, hydroxyapatite growth, possesses superior fracture toughness, and other attractive properties, when compared to other biomaterials used in skeletal reconstruction today. As the limitations of currently available biomaterials used in skeletal reconstruction are increasingly recognized, Amedica is positioned to offer the next generation of practical solutions to surgeons worldwide.”

“I look forward to working with Amedica to provide further validation of the uniqueness of silicon nitride as a biomaterial,” said Dr. Pezzotti, Director of the Ceramic Physics Laboratory and Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Materials Engineering at the Kyoto Institute of Technology. “The webcast next week will be the first of a series of public communications which will explain the foundations of Amedica’s scientific and commercial efforts. These activities will foster a worldwide network of collaborating universities, research centers, and private laboratories, to disseminate knowledge of silicon nitride bioceramics as the successor biomaterial to the legacy plastics, metals, and oxide ceramics used today.” (Original Source)

Shares of Amedica closed yesterday at $0.415. AMDA has a 1-year high of $3.43 and a 1-year low of $0.20. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $0.51 and its 200-day moving average is $0.45.

On the ratings front, Needham analyst Michael Matson maintained a Buy rating on AMDA, with a price target of $1, in a report issued on August 14. The current price target implies an upside of 138.1% from current levels. According to, Matson has a total average return of 6.1%, a 60.6% success rate, and is ranked #626 out of 3752 analysts.

Amedica Corporation is a commercial-stage biomaterial company. It is engaged in using its silicon nitride technology platform to develop, manufacture & commercialize medical devices. Its products include valeo interbody fusion devices & facet fixation.