FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MAKO Surgical Corp. (Nasdaq:MAKO), a medical device company that markets its RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic surgical platform, MAKOplasty® joint specific applications, and proprietary RESTORIS® implants that together enable orthopedic surgeons to consistently, reproducibly and precisely treat patient specific osteoarthritic disease, is pleased to announce the advancement of Christopher R. Marrus to Senior Vice President of Sales. "Chris has made valuable contributions as a sales leader since joining MAKO over a year ago," said Maurice R. Ferré, President and CEO of MAKO. "Chris has significant experience with both capital and procedural sales, which we believe will greatly assist MAKO as we continue to sell additional RIO systems while improving utilization across our installation base." Mr. Marrus, 46, has been with MAKO since February 2012, most recently as MAKO's Senior Director of Sales, East. Previously he served as MAKO's Regional Sales Manager for RIO Sales, East, from February 2012 to January 2013. Mr. Marrus has worked in medical device sales for over fifteen years while managing both capital and procedural sales, national accounts and clinical training. From July 2010 to December 2011, he served as the Vice President of U.S. Sales for EndoGastric Solutions, Inc., a medical device company that develops surgical devices for reconstructive gastrointestinal procedures via a transoral approach, where he was responsible for domestic sales and clinical training. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Marrus held various positions with Intuitive Surgical, Inc., a surgical robotic company, including Area Vice President, where he managed a large portion of the company's national sales team and his responsibilities included both capital and procedural sales. Mr. Marrus holds a B.A. in History from Louisiana State University, and a J.D. from Tulane University. About MAKO Surgical Corp. MAKO Surgical Corp. is a medical device company that markets its RIO® Robotic-Arm Interactive Orthopedic system, joint specific applications for the knee and hip, and proprietary RESTORIS® implants for orthopedic procedures called MAKOplasty®. The RIO is a surgeon-interactive tactile surgical platform that incorporates a robotic arm and patient-specific visualization technology, which enables precise, consistently reproducible bone resection for the accurate insertion and alignment of MAKO's RESTORIS implants. The MAKOplasty solution incorporates technologies enabled by an intellectual property portfolio including more than 300 U.S. and foreign, owned and licensed, patents and patent applications. Additional information can be found at www.makosurgical.com . Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding, among other things, statements related to expectations, goals, plans, objectives and future events. MAKO intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the following words: "may," "will," "could," "would," "should," "expect," "intend," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "project," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These statements are based on the current estimates and assumptions of our management as of the date of this press release and are subject to risks, uncertainties, changes in circumstances, assumptions and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond MAKO's ability to control or predict. Such factors, among others, may have a material adverse effect on MAKO's business, financial condition and results of operations and may include the potentially significant impact of a continued economic downturn or delayed economic recovery on the ability of MAKO's customers to secure adequate funding, including access to credit, for the purchase of MAKO's products or cause MAKO's customers to delay a purchasing decision, changes in general economic conditions and credit conditions, changes in the availability of capital and financing sources for our company and our customers, unanticipated changes in the timing of the sales cycle for MAKO's products or the vetting process undertaken by prospective customers, changes in competitive conditions and prices in MAKO's markets, changes in the relationship between supply of and demand for our products, fluctuations in costs and availability of raw materials and labor, changes in other significant operating expenses, slowdowns, delays, or inefficiencies in MAKO's product research and development cycles, unanticipated issues relating to intended product launches, decreases in sales of MAKO's principal product lines, decreases in utilization of MAKO's principal product lines or in procedure volume, increases in expenditures related to increased or changing governmental regulation or taxation of MAKO's business, both nationally and internationally, unanticipated issues in complying with domestic or foreign regulatory requirements related to MAKO's current products, including initiating and communicating product actions or product recalls and meeting Medical Device Reporting requirements and other required reporting to the United States Food and Drug Administration, or securing regulatory clearance or approvals for new products or upgrades or changes to MAKO's current products, developments adversely affecting our potential sales activities outside the United States, increases in cost containment efforts by group purchasing organizations, the impact of the United States healthcare reform legislation enacted in March 2010 on hospital spending, reimbursement, unanticipated changes in reimbursement to our customers for our products, and the taxing of medical device companies, any unanticipated impact arising out of the securities class action or any other litigation, inquiry, or investigation brought against MAKO, loss of key management and other personnel or inability to attract such management and other personnel, increases in costs of retaining a direct sales force and building a distributor network, unanticipated issues related to, or unanticipated changes in or difficulties associated with, the recruitment of agents and distributors of our products, and unanticipated intellectual property expenditures required to develop, market, and defend MAKO's products. These and other risks are described in greater detail under Item 1A, "Risk Factors," in MAKO's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including MAKO's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 filed on March 8, 2012. Given these uncertainties, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements. MAKO does not undertake any obligation to release any revisions to these forward-looking statements publicly to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.