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 News Release - December 1, 2006

Smiths Medical Signs Exclusive Agreement With Inditherm, plc

CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 1 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Smiths Medical, part of the global technology business Smiths Group and leading provider of innovative temperature management products worldwide, recently signed an exclusive agreement with Inditherm, plc, the provider of innovative heating solutions to the medical industry. The three-year distribution agreement stipulates U.S. market sales of Inditherm heated mattresses and blankets under Smiths Medical's Level 1® brand, adding to Smiths Medical's extensive range of well-known temperature management brands such as Snuggle Warm® Convective Warming Blankets, HOTLINE® Fluid Warming, Level 1® Fast Flow Fluid Warming, NormoFlo® Irrigation Warming, and Level 1® Temperature Monitoring Probes.

Smiths Medical has a well-established presence in the U.S. patient warming sector with a large sales team and portfolio of well-known temperature management products. "Inditherm's conductive warming technology is an excellent addition to the Smiths Medical temperature management product portfolio. This new partnership, enables us to offer our customers the ability to use the warming mattresses in any area of patient care," said Stuart Morris-Hipkins, President of Smiths Medical Critical Care. "We believe that offering choices for our customers is a key requirement in supporting their patient warming needs. Our customers value the ability to combine therapeutic warming solutions and Smiths Medical is the one company that can offer the combination of fluid warming, convective warming, temperature monitoring, and the new conductive warming products to support improved patient outcomes."

Smiths Medical

Smiths Medical is a clinically-focused global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of medical devices used for a variety of therapeutic, diagnostic, and surgical procedures. The company's portfolio includes airway management, pain management, temperature management systems, infusion systems, implantable access systems, safety I.V. catheters, critical care monitoring, and insulin delivery systems. This product range offers customers clinical and economical advantages backed by experience, innovation, and value-added services, including extensive product training and support. For more information, please visit http://www.smiths-medical.com.

Smiths Group

Smiths is a global technology business, listed on the London Stock Exchange. Smiths Group is a world leader in the practical application of advanced technologies. Our products and services make the world safer, healthier and more productive. Smiths Group has four divisions: Aerospace, Detection, Medical and Specialty. It employs 32,000 people and has over 250 major facilities in 50 countries. For more information visit www.smiths-group.com

Inditherm, plc

Inditherm, plc is an AIM-listed provider of low voltage, cost-effective heating technology. It manufactures, installs and licenses its specialized, patented heating technology for use in numerous applications that require temperature maintenance or frost protection, including industrial, utility, medical, construction, and sports turf heating. The Rotherham-based company operates in a global environment and has a blue-chip customer base.

Inditherm's technology uses a carbon-based, electrically conductive polymer, also called Inditherm, to produce a cost-effective, flexible, and adaptable heating surface. Powered by a low voltage supply, Inditherm generates uniform heat over its entire surface with no hot spots.

Inditherm received U.S. Food & Drug Administration clearance for its patient warming products in May 2006.


Source: Smiths Medical

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