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CryoLife Provides Initial 2010 Financial Guidance

ATLANTA, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CryoLife, Inc. ( CRY), an implantable biological medical device and cardiovascular tissue processing company, announced its initial financial guidance for 2010.

The Company expects total revenues for the full year of 2010 to be between $118.0 million and $123.0 million, which includes between $1.5 million and $2.5 million related to funding received from the Department of Defense in connection with the development of BioFoam. The Company expects tissue processing and BioGlue revenues to increase between mid-single and low-double digits on a percentage basis in 2010 compared to 2009, with HemoStase revenues increasing significantly more than that on a percentage basis.

The Company expects earnings per share of between $0.36 and $0.40 for 2010, which reflects several process improvements, expense control and cost cutting initiatives that the Company implemented during the fourth quarter of 2009, including a reduction in workforce that is expected to reduce costs and expenses in excess of $2 million in 2010. The reduction in workforce and attrition results in an approximate 10% decrease in number of employees since the beginning of 2009. The Company expects to record a charge of approximately $400,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009 in connection with these actions.

Webcast of Presentation at Piper Jaffray Annual Health Care Conference

The Company's presentation today at the Piper Jaffray 21st Annual Health Care Conference at The New York Palace Hotel on December 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm ET will be webcast. Steven G. Anderson, president and chief executive officer of CryoLife, Inc., is scheduled to present.

CryoLife's live presentation may be accessed through its Web site,, on the Investor Relations page. An archived copy of the presentation will be available for 30 days on the same Web site.

About CryoLife, Inc.

Founded in 1984, CryoLife, Inc. is a leader in the processing and distribution of implantable living human tissues for use in cardiac and vascular surgeries throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Company's CryoValve® SG pulmonary heart valve, processed using CryoLife's proprietary SynerGraft® technology, has FDA 510(k) clearance for the replacement of diseased, damaged, malformed, or malfunctioning native or prosthetic pulmonary valves. The Company's CryoPatch® SG pulmonary cardiac patch has FDA 510(k) clearance for the repair or reconstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT), which is a surgery commonly performed in children with congenital heart defects, such as Tetralogy of Fallot, Truncus Arteriosus, and Pulmonary Atresia. CryoPatch SG is distributed in three anatomic configurations: pulmonary hemi-artery, pulmonary trunk, and pulmonary branch. The Company's BioGlue® Surgical Adhesive is FDA approved as an adjunct to sutures and staples for use in adult patients in open surgical repair of large vessels. BioGlue is also CE marked in the European Community and approved in Canada and Australia for use in soft tissue repair. The Company's BioFoam® Surgical Matrix is CE marked in the European Community for use as an adjunct in the sealing of abdominal parenchymal tissues (liver and spleen) when cessation of bleeding by ligature or other conventional methods is ineffective or impractical. BIOGLUE Aesthetic(TM) Medical Adhesive is CE marked in the European Community for periosteal fixation following endoscopic browplasty (brow lift) in reconstructive plastic surgery and is distributed by a third party for this indication. CryoLife distributes HemoStase(TM), a hemostatic agent, in much of the U.S. for use in cardiac and vascular surgery and in the European Community and Canada for cardiac, vascular, and general surgery, subject to certain exclusions.

Statements made in this press release that look forward in time or that express management's beliefs, expectations or hopes are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include those regarding anticipated 2010 performance and the impact of process improvements, expense control and cost cutting initiatives. These future events may not occur as and when expected, if at all, and, together with our business, are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include that we are significantly dependent on revenues from BioGlue and there are a variety of risks affecting BioGlue, CryoValve SG pulmonary heart valves and other SynerGraft processed tissues and products may not be accepted by the marketplace, the CryoValve SG pulmonary heart valve has a one year shelf life, we are dependent on the availability of sufficient quantities of tissue from human donors, the CryoValve SG pulmonary heart valve post-clearance study requested by the FDA may not provide the expected positive results, our products and tissues we process and preserve have allegedly caused and may in the future cause injury to patients, and we have been and may be exposed to tissue processing and product liability claims and additional regulatory scrutiny as a result, the possibility that the FDA could impose additional restrictions on the Company's operations, issue a 483, or warning letter, or require a recall, or prevent the Company from processing and distributing tissues or manufacturing and distributing other products, our failure to adequately comply with government regulations could result in loss of revenues and customers as well as additional compliance expense, our ability to borrow under our credit facility may be limited, the credit facility limits our ability to pursue significant acquisitions, the financial and credit liquidity crisis may adversely affect our ability to borrow money or raise capital, the current and future economic crisis may adversely affect our business and financial condition, there are limitations on our use of net operating loss carry-forwards that could result in our inability to use them fully or at all, adverse regulatory action outside of the U.S. could affect our business, physicians have been and may be reluctant to implant or use our preserved tissues or products, our existing insurance policies may not be sufficient to cover our actual claims liability, current economic conditions may impact demand for our tissues and products, intense competition may affect our ability to operate profitably, we may be unable to obtain adequate insurance at a reasonable cost or at all, uncertainties related to patents and protection of proprietary technology may adversely affect the value of our intellectual property, uncertainties related to patents and protection of proprietary technology for products distributed by us may adversely affect our ability to distribute those products, we are dependent on key personnel, we may not be successful in obtaining necessary clinical results and regulatory approvals for products and services in development, and our new products and services may not achieve market acceptance, we may be unable to effectively leverage our existing sales force to sell HemoStase, the lawsuit we filed against Medafor regarding our distribution agreement with Medafor may adversely impact our relationship with Medafor and could hamper or prevent us from distributing HemoStase, Medafor has attempted to terminate our distribution agreement with it and may attempt to do so again in the future, rapid technological change could cause our services and products to become obsolete, extensive government regulation may adversely affect our ability to develop and sell products and services, we have experienced operating losses and negative cash flows in the past, and we must continue to address the underlying causes in order to continue to operate profitably and generate positive cash flows, investments in new technologies and acquisitions of products or distribution rights may not be successful, if we are not successful in expanding our business activities in international markets, we will be unable to pursue one of our strategies for increasing our revenues, continued deflation of foreign currencies relative to the U.S. dollar could materially and adversely impact our business, and future healthcare policies, healthcare reimbursement methods, and healthcare reimbursement policies may affect the availability, amount, and timing of our revenues, financial condition and profitability. The impact of process improvements, expense control and cost cutting initiatives is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties including the risk that unforeseen eventualities could cause expenses to rise or make it desirable for us to refill previously eliminated positions and that process improvements will not achieve the desired results or the acceptance of regulators. These risks and uncertainties include the risk factors detailed in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Form 10-K filing for the year ended December 31, 2008, our Form 10Q filing for the quarter ended March 31, 2009, our Form 10-Q filing for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, our Form 10-Q filing for the quarter ended September 30, 2009, and the Company's other SEC filings. The Company does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.

For additional information about the company, visit CryoLife's Web site:

Media Contacts:

D. Ashley Lee
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and
Chief Operating Officer
Phone: 770-419-3355

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