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Ethicon Endo-Surgery Wins Prestigious International Design Award for Innovative Development of HARMONIC FOCUS(TM)
Date:10/8/2009

earch and testing process, led by an integrated, cross-functional team of industrial designers, scientists and marketers, took place over a three year period.

This year's recognition follows the Bronze IDEA awarded to the HARMONIC FOCUS Curved Shear in 2008 for innovation in design within the medical/scientific category. The first-of-its-kind ultrasonic device was recognized for enhancing surgical efficiency by allowing precise dissection, grasping, coagulation, and cutting without instrument exchanges - demonstrating improved clinical outcomes, including safer dissection near vital structures, increased surgical efficiency and reduced time in the operating room. In addition to the GOLD IDEA in research, another product in the company's energy portfolio, the HARMONIC ACE(TM), was a finalist for a 2009 IDEA in the medical devices category. In 2008, the HARMONIC FOCUS Curved Shear was recognized as one of R&D Magazine's top 100 innovations for significant technological contribution to surgery.

About the IDEA Competition

The IDEA Competition is an international celebration of the year's most innovative and exciting product and product concept designs and one of the world's most prestigious and recognizable design competitions. The IDEA program fosters business and public understanding about the impact of industrial design excellence on the quality of life and the economy.

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is the voice of industrial design, committed to advancing the profession through education, information, community and advocacy.

About HARMONIC

The HARMONIC® system represents a robust line of ultrasonic energy delivery devices for both laparoscopic and open procedures. These devices offer simultaneous cutting and coagulation, minimal lateral thermal spread, minimal charring and desiccation, and minimal smoke for improved visibility. HARMONIC ins
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