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Smith & Nephew Wins OXINIUM(TM) Approval in Japan
Date:3/3/2008

MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Nephew, Inc.'s (NYSE: SNN; LSE: SN) Orthopaedic Reconstruction business today announced Japanese regulatory approval of its award winning OXINIUM(TM) oxidized zirconium technology.

Smith & Nephew is the only orthopaedic company to offer such a revolutionary and award winning joint replacement material. OXINIUM is a proprietary transformed metal alloy with a ceramic bearing surface. OXINIUM provides low friction and wear resistance combined with the strength of a metal implant. This material is the only orthopaedic implant material to receive the ASM International Engineering Materials Award for outstanding achievement of a material used in the design and manufacture of products.

This approval marks the first time Smith& Nephew's revolutionary technology will be available in the world's second largest Orthopaedic market. The highly successful GENESIS II(TM) knee system, which has been used in excess of 500,000 surgeries worldwide and has 10 year published clinical data showing 98% survivorship, will be the first implant system available in Japan with OXINIUM.

"This is an important milestone for Smith & Nephew and our OXINIUM platform. Our premier technology is revolutionizing joint replacement around the world by providing and maintaining unparalleled wear resistance," said Joseph DeVivo, president of Smith & Nephew Orthopaedic Reconstruction. "OXINIUM material has proven to be a superior metal in implants, and our trail blazing technology has given patients the significant benefit of greater durability from their implants. We are pleased with the hard work our regulatory teams performed to make this innovative implant material available for the numerous Japanese
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