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ETHICON Completes Divestiture of Professional Wound Care Business to One Equity Partners
Date:12/1/2008

SOMERVILLE, N.J., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ --ETHICON, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, announced today that it has completed the divestiture of its Professional Wound Care business to One Equity Partners. Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

Under the terms of the transaction, One Equity Partners has acquired the Professional Wound Care product portfolio, which contains such advanced wound care brands as PROMOGRAN Matrix Wound Dressing, TIELLE Hydropolymer Dressing and REGRANEX (becaplermin) Gel 0.01%, a prescription treatment for lower extremity diabetic ulcers, as well as a portfolio of general wound care products. Also included in the transaction is the transfer of the R&D and manufacturing facility in Gargrave, England. The Professional Wound Care business generated annual net sales of approximately $270 million in 2007.

The professional wound care product portfolio will be marketed and distributed by Systagenix Wound Management, a new company created by One Equity Partners. Approximately 700 employees/contractors supporting the business will transfer to the new company.

About the Professional Wound Care Business

The Professional Wound Care business comprises both advanced wound care and general wound care products. The advanced wound care products are used to promote active wound healing, control infection and help maintain a moist wound-healing environment. The general wound care products are primarily inert dressings, such as gauzes and swabs used to clean, absorb and protect internal and external tissue.

About One Equity Partners

Established in 2001, One Equity Partners manages $8 billion of investments and commitments for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in direct private equity transactions. Over recent years, One Equity Partners has invested approximately $3.5 billion to acquire over thirty compani
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