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Hill-Rom Announces Sale of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Intellectual Property
Date:6/29/2009

BATESVILLE, Ind., June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hill-Rom (NYSE: HRC) today announced the sale of Hill-Rom's patents and intellectual property relating to Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) to Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE: KCI). Hill-Rom's NPWT portfolio included U.S. and foreign patents and patent applications covering innovations to NPWT components, protocols, and related therapies. The transaction is effective immediately. Terms were not disclosed.

"The sale of these assets is a continuation of our portfolio rationalization initiative to more tightly focus on our core competencies and businesses that offer attractive and profitable growth opportunities for our shareholders," said Peter H. Soderberg, president and CEO, Hill-Rom Holdings. "While we have successfully developed valuable IP in the area of NPWT, the disposition of these assets is in line with our corporate strategy."

"KCI remains squarely focused on patient care and creating new alternatives in advanced wound healing and other areas," said Catherine M. Burzik, KCI President and Chief Executive Officer. "We will continue to make investments that put us in position to innovate and to deliver great alternatives to the medical community and patients."

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Hill-Rom is a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry, including patient support systems, safe mobility and handling solutions, non-invasive therapeutic products for a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions, medical equipment rentals, and information technology solutions. Hill-Rom's comprehensive product and service offerings are used by health care provi
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