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 News Release - February 5, 2007

Mentor Appoints Edward S. Northup as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Mentor Corporation (NYSE:MNT ), a leading supplier of aesthetic medical products in the United States and internationally, today announced that it has named Edward S. Northup as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer.

"Ed is a great addition to our leadership team and we are delighted to welcome him on-board," commented Joshua H. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mentor Corporation. "His significant medical device and operational experience coupled with his strong international business background will be invaluable to Mentor as we move forward and execute our strategy to become a larger, more diversified company focused exclusively on the fast growing field of aesthetic medicine."

"I am very pleased to be joining Mentor at this very exciting time," commented Northup. "The Company is well-positioned to extend its leadership position in aesthetic medicine and I look forward to working with the executive team and the Board of Directors."

Northup has spent the past nine years in a variety of executive roles with Boston Scientific Corporation, most recently serving since 2005 as President of the Pain Management business. Mr. Northup joined Boston Scientific in 1997 as Vice President, General Manager of Asia Pacific. In 1999, he was promoted to President Boston Scientific Japan and again in 2001 to the concurrent role of President Boston Scientific International. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Northup was the President of the Dynacor Division of the privately-held Medline Industries. From 1978 to 1995, Mr. Northup was employed by Baxter Healthcare and American Hospital Supply Corporation in a variety of senior level positions and businesses including Vice President of Baxter Cardiovascular-Far East, Vice President, General Manager of Euromedical Industries and Director of Operations for the Pharmaseal Division. Over the past 28 years, Mr. Northup has lived and managed businesses in North America, Latin America, Asia/Pacific and Europe. Mr. Northup received a B.S. in Pre-Med from the University of Santa Clara and began his career in basic research in intracellular immunity and infectious diseases at the Palo Alto Medical Research Foundation.

About Mentor Corporation

Mentor is a leading supplier of medical products for the global aesthetic market. The Company develops, manufactures and markets innovative, science-based products for surgical and non-surgical medical procedures that allow patients to retain a more youthful appearance and improve the quality of life. The Company's website is www.mentorcorp.com.


Source: Mentor Corp

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