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Starion Instruments Signs Distribution Agreement With Datascope for Tissue Welding Technology

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 General News J E 4
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SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 22 Starion Instruments, a leadingsurgical device company, today announced a non-exclusive distributionagreement with Datascope Corp. to integrate Starion's patented Tissue Weldingtechnology into Datascope's procedural kits for endoscopic saphenous vein andradial artery harvesting.

The driving force behind this new agreement was Datascope's customerdemand for Starion's Tissue Welding technology, which uses direct heat andpressure to simultaneously seal and divide soft tissue and vessels, reducingthe risk of inadvertent collateral damage. Datascope customers now haveaccess to Starion's STLS 23 and STLS 35 Thermal Ligating Shears forunparalleled effectiveness, reliability and versatility during endoscopiccardiac procedures.

Dr. Antonino Laudani, chief operating officer of Datascope, said, "We arecontinuously looking for opportunities to meet customer needs in thecardiovascular market. Starion's distribution agreement allows us to broadenour endoscopic vessel harvesting range, and therefore contributes to ourglobal growth strategy."

"Demand for our products is growing as surgeons and patients experiencethe clinical benefits of Tissue Welding technology over traditional seal andcut modalities," said Kirt Kirtland, president and chief executive officer ofStarion Instruments. "This new agreement reflects this increased demand andenables us to strengthen our leadership position in the cardiac marketplace."

About Starion Instruments

Starion develops advanced surgical devices that enhance performance,minimize risk and improve patient outcomes. Starion's instruments employ apatented Tissue Welding technology that seals and divides soft tissue withonly focused heat and pressure. Known for their effectiveness, reliabilityand versatility, Starion's products are used worldwide for open and endoscopiccardiac, gynecology, general surgery, otolaryngology and urology procedures.For more information, visit http://www.starioninstruments.com.

About Datascope Corp.

Datascope Corp. is the global leader of intra-aortic ballooncounterpulsation and a diversified medical device company that develops,manufactures and markets proprietary products for clinical health care marketsin interventional cardiology and radiology, cardiovascular and vascularsurgery, and critical care. The Company's products are sold throughout theworld through direct sales representatives and independent distributors.Founded in 1964, Datascope is headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey. For newsreleases, webcasts and other Company information please visit Datascope'swebsite, http://www.datascope.com.

SOURCE Starion Instruments
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