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 News Release - February 2, 2006

Atrus Names Cardiovascular Medical Device Industry Veteran, Richard O. Martin, to Board of Directors

Former President of Medtronic Physio-Control Corp. Joins Emergency Response Technology Company

PORTLAND, Ore.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Feb. 2, 2006--Atrus, Inc., today announced that Richard O. Martin, Ph.D., has joined its board of directors. Martin brings more than two decades of experience leading Fortune 500 companies in the cardiovascular medical device industry. Founded in 2004, Atrus develops emergency response technologies targeted at expanding the reach of 911 dispatchers to enable faster lifesaving automated external defibrillator (AED) response within the community.

"Dick Martin is widely recognized for his leadership and innovation in building Fortune 500 businesses. We're honored to have such an accomplished global leader join our board," said Richard A. Lazar, president and chief executive officer of Atrus. "His profound understanding of the cardiovascular medical device industry and the benefits of rapid defibrillation, along with his track record of leading corporate growth, will be instrumental in advancing our company and achieving our vision of making bystander response to sudden cardiac arrest more effective and efficient."

"The emergency response industry as a whole is going through a time of tremendous innovation, and I believe Atrus is one of the foremost companies with the vision and ability to improve AED response times and increase survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest victims," said Richard O. Martin, Atrus board member. "I am delighted to be part of the Atrus team."

Martin became president of Physio-Control Corporation, the worldwide leader in external defibrillation, monitoring and noninvasive pacing devices, in 1991 when the company was part of Eli Lilly and Company's Medical Devices and Diagnostics Division. He successfully instituted company-wide quality improvement programs, rebuilt the management team and took the company public. Martin retired in 2001 as president of Medtronic Physio-Control Corp. Previously, Martin was the vice president for cardiovascular business development at Sulzermedica, Inc. He also held several senior positions in engineering, marketing and sales with Intermedics, Inc., and was named president and COO of that company in 1985.

Martin has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Duke University, an MSEE from Notre Dame and a BSEE from Christian Brothers College. He taught at Christian Brothers College and the University of Tennessee before joining the corporate world. Martin has served on the board and as chairman of the Northwest affiliate of the American Heart Association. He also held board and chairman positions for the Medial Device Manufacturers Association and the Washington Council of AeA (formerly American Electronics Association). In addition to his Atrus board appointment, Martin currently serves on the boards of CardioDynamics International, Encore Orthopedics, Inovise Medical, MDdatacor, Cardiac Dimensions, and Endo Gastric Solutions (formerly EsophyX).

About Atrus, Inc.

Atrus develops emergency response technologies to enable a more rapid lifesaving automated external defibrillator (AED) response within the community. Led by experts in AED program design, information technology and risk management, the company's vision is to help increase the survival rates for SCA victims by making bystander response more effective and efficient. Established in 2004, the company is privately-held. Additional information about Atrus is available at www.AtrusInc.com.

Atrus is a trademark of Atrus, Inc. Other company, product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.


Source: Atrus

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