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Tepha Partner Launches Novel Monofilament Absorbable Suture Utilizing Tepha's Proprietary Biomaterial
Date:5/1/2009

s. The primary objective of the trial was to demonstrate that the frequency of wound infection and the frequency of reoperation due to burst-abdomen after primary median laparotomy for elective surgical intervention are equal or lower than in previously reported clinical trials.

Dr. Simon Williams, President and CEO of Tepha, commented, "We are pleased to witness the launch of the MonoMax product and look forward to continued collaboration with our partner Aesculap on additional products based on our TephaFLEX technology".

About Aesculap AG

Aesculap, a Tepha corporate partner since 2004, introduced the MonoMax product to customers at a symposium held in conjunction with the German Surgical Congress in Munich and will be commercializing the product in Europe commencing with Germany immediately following the congress. Based in Germany and Spain, Aesculap is a division of B. Braun Melsungen AG, focused on products for core processes in operative medicine. Aesculap's product range includes sutures, implants for orthopedic and spinal surgery, surgical instruments, endoscopes, surgical motor systems, container and storage systems, and vascular therapy products.

About Tepha, Inc.

Tepha, Inc, is a developer of medical devices derived from a new class of resorbable polymers that have been engineered utilizing recombinant DNA technology. The unique biologic and mechanical properties of the Tepha PHA polymers has been recognized by an expanding list of corporate partners that now includes Aesculap AG, ENTrigue Surgical, HemCon Medical Technologies, NMT Medical (Nasdaq: NMTI), and Tornier, Inc. Tepha received its first FDA 510(k) clearance for its TephaFLEX(R) Absorbable Suture in February, 2007 and the Company and its partners have now received six 510(k)'s covering a range of medical
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