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 News Release - September 6, 2006

St. Francis Medical Technologies Announces Appointment of Vice President of Marketing

SAN FRANCISCO--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Sept. 6, 2006--St. Francis Medical Technologies, Inc.® is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Frushell as vice president of marketing. Mr. Frushell brings to the company more than 20 years of medical device branding and commercialization expertise, primarily in the orthopedics arena.

Most recently, Mr. Frushell was the vice president of marketing for the privately held company, Blackstone Medical, Inc. There, Mr. Frushell led the building of Blackstone's branding and product pipeline to becoming a full-line spine fusion supplier.

Previously, Mr. Frushell spent 15 years with the orthopedic divisions of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in various capacities including engineering and senior level positions in marketing and business development. While at the Zimmer and Linvatec divisions, Mr. Frushell led their global commercialization and acquisition efforts for the sports medicine, endoscopy and powered surgical markets.

"We are tremendously excited to have Matt join the St. Francis team. The addition of his experience and leadership is a key piece in our continued progress toward building a world class spine company," said Kevin Sidow, president and chief executive officer of St. Francis Medical Technologies.

About St. Francis Medical Technologies

St. Francis Medical Technologies is a privately held company based in Alameda, Calif., engaged in the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of novel treatments for degenerative spinal disorders worldwide. In November 2005, St. Francis received FDA approval for the X STOP, the first FDA-approved interspinous process implant to treat Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS), a degenerative spinal disorder that may affect over two million Americans. As a result, patients and healthcare professionals finally have a safe and effective alternative to more aggressive, riskier procedures. For more information, please visit:

Source: St. Francis Medical Technologies

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