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Hill-Rom Selects NanoHorizons to Provide Antimicrobial Protection for Hill-Rom Products Using Nanotechnology
Date:3/6/2008

New relationship between NanoHorizons and Hill-Rom delivers patient support

systems enhanced with revolutionary antimicrobial technology

BATESVILLE, Ind., March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hill-Rom and NanoHorizons, Inc. today announced an agreement to incorporate NanoHorizon's antimicrobial technology into Hill-Rom's patient support surfaces. This technology, to be branded as "nanoAg+ (TM) with SmartSilver(TM)", will bring new levels of protection against institutionally-borne pathogens.

Hill-Rom, the medical technology subsidiary of Hillenbrand Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HB), is a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry. NanoHorizons, a leader in the field of advanced nanomaterials, engineers and delivers permanent antimicrobial solutions under the SmartSilver(TM) brand.

"Our relationship with NanoHorizons is a natural next step in Hill-Rom's commitment to leveraging and integrating differentiated external technologies to help deliver enhanced outcomes for patients and their caregivers," said Peter Soderberg, president and CEO of Hillenbrand Industries and Hill-Rom. "Caregivers and health care administrators are looking for solutions on how they can prevent health care-associated infections. We anticipate that our relationship with NanoHorizons will yield a comprehensive portfolio of products with built-in, long-lasting antimicrobial protection. Given how important this issue is for the health care industry, we aim to offer a nanoAg+ with SmartSilver option on all of our preventative and therapeutic surface products by the end of 2009."

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