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Boston Scientific to Acquire Atritech
Date:1/19/2011

dwide.""This is an important acquisition in the fast-growing areas of atrial fibrillation and structural heart therapy, both of which are among our Priority Growth Initiatives," said Ray Elliott, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boston Scientific.  "Left atrial appendage closure represents a significant growth opportunity for Boston Scientific.  We are impressed by Atritech's technology, and we have the sales and marketing infrastructure to help realize the full potential of the WATCHMAN device.  Together with other recent acquisitions, we expect Atritech to play a key role in the realignment of our portfolio."

About Atrial Fibrillation and Left Atrial Appendage ClosureAtrial fibrillation is a disorder that affects the ability of the heart to beat regularly and pump blood efficiently.  Many patients suffering from atrial fibrillation are unresponsive to therapies designed to treat the disorder.  Patients with atrial fibrillation are at a greater risk for stroke due to the formation and dislodgment of clots in the left atrial appendage.  Anticoagulants such as warfarin have traditionally been the only therapy for reducing stroke risk in these patients.  The Atritech WATCHMAN device is designed to keep harmful clots from leaving the left atrial appendage and causing a stroke.  Patients who receive the Atritech device may be able to stop using anticoagulants entirely.About Boston ScientificBoston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties.  For more information, please visit: www.bostonscientific.com.

About AtritechAtritech, Inc., founded in 2000, is dedicated to providing new therapies to treat patients suffering from atrial fibrillation who are at increased risk for stroke by offering permanent alternatives to medications for those
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