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 News Release - November 28, 2006

FUJIFILM and ZONARE Announce OEM Agreement for World's First Convertible Ultrasound(TM) Platform

Leading Medical Firm First to Offer Revolutionary Zone Sonography(TM) Technology to Japanese Market

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and TOKYO, Nov. 28 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- FUJIFILM Corporation, a leading provider of medical imaging equipment, and ZONARE Medical Systems, a developer of next generation ultrasound technology, today announced an OEM agreement between the two companies. Under the agreement, FUJIFILM will market ZONARE's z.one ultrasound system, based on revolutionary Zone Sonography(TM) technology, under the FUJIFILM brand FAZONE M throughout Japan, one of the world's leading ultrasound markets.

"We are honored to have such a highly regarded partner as FUJIFILM," said Donald Southard, president and CEO for ZONARE. "FUJIFILM's extensive experience in medical imaging technology and leadership in the market will provide invaluable assistance in bringing breakthrough Zone Sonography technology to the Japanese market."

Both companies will also investigate potential co-operative development of future imaging modalities including incorporation of certain FUJIFILM technology into ZONARE products and ZONARE technologies into FUJIFILM products.

Combining a fundamentally new advance in ultrasound, Zone Sonography technology coupled with the convertible platform's radically new physical design provides the maximum flexibility offering significant clinical and workflow solutions for a wide variety of customer challenges. The z.one platform's Zone Sonography software-based architecture ensures that its performance will increase as improvements in processing power become available. This allows for fast, convenient upgrades in clinical capabilities, keeping clinicians at the forefront of diagnostic capabilities as well as protecting their investment. Upgrades can now be downloaded via the internet, another industry first.

FUJIFILM is a leading provider of medical image and information products and technologies for acquiring, processing, presenting, managing and storing diagnostic images. As the diagnostic imaging market continues its transformation from film-based to digitally-driven, FUJIFILM's full suite of products, including conventional film, imagers, Fuji Computed Radiography (FCR®) and Synapse® Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), not only meet the needs of today's radiology departments, but also help customers to successfully transition to the digital future.

About FUJIFILM Corporation

FUJIFILM uses leading-edge, proprietary technologies to provide top-quality products and services that contribute to the advancement of culture, science, technology and industry, as well as improved health and environmental protection in society. FUJIFILM's overarching aim is to help enhance the quality of life of people worldwide. For more information, please visit our web site at www.fujifilm.com

About ZONARE Medical Systems

ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures premium compact performance ultrasound solutions, which combine revolutionary technology with an innovative physical design. Zone Sonography technology, ZONARE's unique patented approach to ultrasound imaging, is focused on bringing the highest performance to all clinical settings, leading to advanced diagnostic capabilities, more cost effective operation and increased value to providers. For more information, please visit our web site at www.zonare.com


Source: ZONARE Medical Systems

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