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

physicians and patients that have been anxiously awaiting this approval."

OXINIUM was developed and patented by individuals within Smith & Nephew Orthopaedic's Research, Development, and Manufacturing groups. All of Smith & Nephew's major knee and hip implant systems, including the GENESIS(TM) II Total Knee System, the LEGION(TM) Total Knee System, the JOURNEY(TM) BCS Knee system, the JOURNEY(TM) DEUCE(TM) Knee System, the SYNERGY(TM) Total Hip System and the ANTHOLOGY(TM) Total Hip System, are available with OXINIUM(TM) oxidized zirconium technology. The first OXINIUM oxidized zirconium component was implanted in 1995 and now more than 230,000 hip and knee components have been implanted with remarkable clinical success.

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Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specializing in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Trauma & Clinical Therapies, Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management products. 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 has 8,800 employees and operates in 32 countries around the world. Annual Sales in 2007 were nearly $3.4 billion.

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