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Smith & Nephew Introduces Metal Liner Option for the Modular R3(TM) Acetabular Cup System
Date:2/27/2009

inforces our strategy to partner with healthcare professionals to help patients reclaim their active lives."

In tests, the R3 Acetabular System's proprietary STIKTITE(TM) porous coating demonstrated a higher coefficient of friction than trabecular metal on both cancellous and cortical bone, indicating the potential for superior scratch-fit feel and initial fixation. Additionally, the R3 system is enhanced by a proprietary hard-bearing alignment guide -- a thin plastic shield resembling a disposable coffee cup lid that enables surgeons to simply and accurately place a ceramic or metal liner into the shell during surgery. This straightforward technique reduces the risk of improper seating and malalignment seen in other systems.

About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specialising in Orthopaedics, including Reconstruction, Trauma and Clinical Therapies; Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management. Smith & Nephew is a global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one of the leading global orthopaedics companies.

Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people's lives. The Company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeons and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is synonymous with high standards of performance, innovation and trust. The Company operates in 32 countries around the world. Annual sales in 2008 were $3.8 billion.

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This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In particular, statements regarding planned growth in our business and in our trading margins discussed under "Outlook" are forward-looking statements as are discussions of our product pipeline. These statements, as well as the phrases "aim", "plan",
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