Healthcare Industry News:  Wright Medical Group 

Devices Orthopaedic

 News Release - January 5, 2006

Wright Medical Group, Inc. Launches A-CLASS(TM)

Crosslinked Polyethylene Bearing for the LINEAGE(R) Acetabular Hip System

ARLINGTON, Tenn.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Jan. 5, 2006-- Wright Medical Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WMGI ), a global orthopaedic medical device company, today announced the launch of its wear-reducing A-CLASS(TM) Polyethylene Liner for the LINEAGEŽ Acetabular Hip System. Recently granted marketing clearance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Wright's A-CLASS(TM) Polyethylene Liner is produced with a proprietary crosslinking process that makes it significantly more wear-resistant than traditional LINEAGEŽ polyethylene liners, thereby reducing the potential for dissolution of adjacent bone due to osteolysis.

While traditional LINEAGEŽ polyethylene liners have an excellent clinical history of wear-resistance, laboratory testing has shown that the A-CLASS(TM) Polyethylene Liner reduces the generation of wear debris by up to 94% when compared with current LINEAGEŽ polyethylene liners.

"The A-CLASS(TM) Polyethylene adds a new level of distinction to Wright's LINEAGEŽ Acetabular System," says Aldo Denti, Vice President of Marketing for Wright's Ortho Recon Division. "The LINEAGEŽ family of implants is the only acetabular system on the market that accepts alumina ceramic, cobalt chrome and crosslinked polyethylene liners in the same shell."

About Wright

Wright Medical Group, Inc. is a global orthopaedic medical device company specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of reconstructive joint devices and biologics. The Company has been in business for more than 50 years and markets its products in over 60 countries worldwide. For more information about Wright Medical, visit our website at www.wmt.com.

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements made in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current knowledge, assumptions, beliefs, estimates, and expectations and express management's current views of future performance, results, and trends. The Company wishes to caution readers that actual results might differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the factors discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (including the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 under the heading, "Factors Affecting Future Operating Results," and in its quarterly reports), which could cause the Company's actual results to materially differ from those described in the forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the forward-looking statements are accurate, there can be no assurance that any forward-looking statement will prove to be accurate. A forward-looking statement should not be regarded as a representation by the Company that the results described therein will be achieved. The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement after this date.


Source: Wright Medical Group

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