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Smith & Nephew Announces Breakthrough VERILAST(TM) Technology
Date:3/4/2008

Studies show a stronger and longer lasting knee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. and SAN FRANCISCO, March 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Nephew, Inc. (NYSE: SNN, LSE: SN) Orthopaedic Reconstruction business today announced the introduction of its VERILAST(TM) Technology. VERILAST Technology represents a technological leap forward in implant performance for knee replacement surgery. VERILAST Technology is an optimized material combination engineered specifically to improve knee implant performance and durability. This technology combines Smith & Nephew's award winning OXINIUM(TM) material with highly cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) to produce a one-of-a-kind total knee replacement device.

"Smith & Nephew has a longstanding reputation for providing surgeons with innovative technologies designed to maximize patient outcomes," said Joseph DeVivo, president of Smith & Nephew Orthopaedic Reconstruction. "Initial data on implant wear compared to competitive systems has been very encouraging. Due to the significant improvements we are observing in wear rates over competitive material combinations, a knee with VERILAST Technology may be the only implant many patients ever receive. Combined with our award-winning OXINIUM Oxidized Zirconium, the history of innovation in implant endurance continues with the introduction of our VERILAST Technology."

In lab testing, Smith & Nephew researchers demonstrated that the composition of both articulating surfaces is critical to the performance of the entire bearing couple. When XLPE is combined with OXINIUM alloy, significant improvements in wear resistance are both provided and maintained. Smith & Nephew is the only orthopaedic manufacturer that utilizes high performance materials in both be
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