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Masimo Corporation Receives a Frost & Sullivan 2007 Industry Best Practices Award for Pulse Oximetry Leadership

Frost & Sullivan's industry research concludes, 'Masimo pulse oximetry is

the only vital sign module clinicians ask for by brand'

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI), the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry and Read-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry, announced it has received a Frost & Sullivan 2007 Industry Best Practices Award, for Pulse Oximetry Leadership -- "ranking number one in the pulse oximetry industry." Frost & Sullivan further recognized "the impressive progression of Signal Extraction Technology (Masimo SET) to the 'gold standard' for reliable pulse oximetry monitoring" in honoring the company.

Superior Technology

Historically, the performance of conventional pulse oximetry, as well as its usefulness in a variety of clinical settings, has been plagued by interfering noise due to patient motion and low peripheral perfusion, which often results in false SpO2 readings and frequent alarms. "Masimo Signal Extraction Technology (SET) eliminates the issues caused by motion artifact and low peripheral perfusion through proprietary signal processing algorithms and sensor technologies," said Frost & Sullivan analyst Mike Arani in his report.

Clinical Preference

Leading clinicians around the world have put the efficacy and reliability of Masimo SET to the test in more than 100 independent and objective peer-reviewed studies that prove Masimo's revolutionary Signal Extraction Technology outperforms all others, even under the most demanding of clinical conditions. "These clinical trials have not only proved the performance superiority of Masimo SET, but time after time, they have also left a lasting impression on the participating clinicians," the report said.

Brand Recognition

Also, according to the Frost & Sullivan report, "Masimo's strong brand recognition has even driven major patient monitoring companies with in-house proprietary SpO2 technologies to offer their multiparameter monitors with the choice of Masimo SET SpO2 module." Today, Masimo SET technology is widely integrated into more than 100 multiparameter monitors and over 40 monitoring brands. "After all, performance superiority is the chief reason Masimo pulse oximetry is the only vital sign module clinicians ask for by brand when purchasing a patient-monitoring product," they added.

Market Achievements

Masimo's rapid market acceptance and market share gains were cited by Frost & Sullivan as visible examples of this combination of superior technology, clinical preference, brand recognition and exceptional brand development success.

In selecting Masimo for the 2007 pulse oximetry brand development strategy leadership award, Frost & Sullivan's analyst team tracked all the major participants in the pulse oximetry industry. The process included in-depth interviews with all market participants, customers and suppliers, along with extensive secondary and technology research to identify best practices within the industry. To determine the final ranking of competitors, Frost & Sullivan measured each on the basis of: development of unique brand strategies, competitor recognition and brand value, participation in industry trade groups, establishment of programs that allow the brand's customers to grow, and increases in customer loyalty. As a result of this ranking, Masimo topped the list of industry competitors.

According to Frost & Sullivan manager Antonio Garcia, "The key to Masimo's strong image lies in its vision of giving caregivers more options and capabilities than they expect. After all, Masimo simply takes the guess work out of pulse oximetry, so clinicians never have to guess what brand is the most reliable."

Joe E. Kiani, Chairman and CEO of Masimo, said, "We are honored to receive this award from Frost & Sullivan. This recognition is especially meaningful because Frost & Sullivan has surveyed the market and responded with research findings that validate what we have heard clinicians saying all along and what our increasing marketshare momentum is a testament to-that clinicians recognize Masimo SET is the best pulse oximetry technology for their patients."

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting, growth partnership services, and corporate management training to identify and develop opportunities. Frost & Sullivan serves an extensive clientele that includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies and the investment community by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique global perspective and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies, econometrics, and demographics. For more information, visit

About Masimo

Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI) develops innovative monitoring technologies that significantly improve patient care -- helping solve "unsolvable" problems. In 1995, the company debuted Read-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry, known as Masimo SET, and with it virtually eliminated false alarms and increased pulse oximetry's ability to detect life-threatening events. More than 100 independent and objective studies have confirmed that Masimo SET technology allows clinicians to accurately monitor blood oxygen saturation in critical care situations. Our Masimo SET platform has significantly addressed many of the previous technology limitations, has substantially contributed to improved patient outcomes and has been referred to by several industry sources as the gold standard in pulse oximetry. In 2005, Masimo introduced Masimo Rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximetry, which, for the first time, noninvasively monitors the level of carbon monoxide and methemoglobin in the blood, allowing early detection and treatment of potentially life-threatening conditions. Founded in 1989, Masimo has the mission of "Improving Patient Outcomes and Reducing Cost of Care by Taking Noninvasive Monitoring to New Sites and Applications." Additional information about Masimo and its products may be found at


Tom McCall

Masimo Corporation


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