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Inverness Medical Innovations Enters Into a Definitive Agreement to Acquire Matria Healthcare, Inc.
Date:1/28/2008

nizations. Inverness intends to consolidate Matria with the recently acquired Alere and Paradigm businesses to form a combined organization that focuses on the large and rapidly growing health management market opportunity. This acquisition furthers Inverness' approach of bringing its proprietary diagnostic products into the home.

Commenting on the proposed transaction, Ron Zwanziger, CEO of Inverness, said, "We view the acquisition of Matria as an important part of our overall health management growth strategy. In addition to Matria's substantial position in the disease management, productivity enhancement and informatics markets, Matria brings specialized expertise in women's health which will complement our rapid diagnostics in that area. Additionally, Matria's oncology services are the market leader in value-added services for oncology and fit with our Paradigm acquisition and with Paradigm's complex case management capability in oncology and neonatal intensive care. Coupled with Alere's market leadership position in cardiac disease, the addition of Matria provides Inverness with health and disease management market leading positions in women's health, oncology and cardiology, three critical areas of strategic focus for Inverness."

Parker H. "Pete" Petit, Chairman and CEO of Matria, stated, "Teaming up with Inverness represents a significant opportunity for Matria and our patients, clients and partners. We have some very unique opportunities to dramatically improve the interventions with patients through the expanded products and services Matria can offer as a result of this combination. We believe that Matria's leadership in disease management and wellness supported by technology and informatics assets will facilitate many of the Inverness diagnostics initiatives. This combination should significantly improve the health management of our patients."

The merger is conditioned upon approval by Matria's shareholders as well as the satisfaction
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