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Dixtal Medical Purchases Novametrix Pulse Oximetry Business from Respironics
Date:10/8/2007

MURRYSVILLE, Pa., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dixtal Medical, Inc. and Respironics, Inc. (Nasdaq: RESP) announced today that Dixtal Medical has acquired the Novametrix pulse oximetry product line from Respironics. This pulse oximetry product line will be marketed under the Dixtal/Novametrix brand pursuant to Dixtal Medical's license of the Novametrix name from Respironics. Novametrix, founded in 1978 and acquired by Respironics in 2002, established a market-leading position in reusable pulse oximetry sensor technology and has been marketing its oximetry products for over 20 years with an emphasis on high performance, cost-effective, reusable sensors.

Dixtal Medical is a subsidiary of Dixtal Biomedica, an international medical products company based in Brazil and also established in 1978. Dixtal Biomedica is the market leader in multi-parameter monitoring products in Brazil. Dixtal Biomedica and Novametrix have conducted business together for many years, with Dixtal Biomedica manufacturing and marketing Novametrix pulse oximetry products for the Brazilian hospital market.

After Respironics' 2002 acquisition of Novametrix Medical Systems, Respironics integrated the Novametrix pulse oximetry product line into Respironics' Critical Care business. Respironics later determined that the Novametrix pulse oximetry product line was not a core technology for Respironics and made the decision to exit this line of business and refocus on its core technologies. Respironics announced its intention to exit the Novametrix pulse oximetry business in its July 2007 quarterly earnings release conference call and included the impact of this divestiture in its guidance. The sale of the Novametrix pulse oximetry business is
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