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 News Release - June 12, 2007

Microline PENTAX Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Specialty Surgical Instrumentation

BEVERLY, Mass.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Microline PENTAX, Inc. announced today that it has executed an Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Specialty Surgical Instrumentation, Inc. ("SSI"), a Nashville, TN based corporation, for the distribution of all of its current laparoscopic instruments in the South East.

"The strategy of Microline PENTAX is to expand commercialization of its instruments for minimally invasive surgery with the best distribution partners", said Dr. Jean-Luc Boulnois, President and CEO of Microline PENTAX. Over the last 30 years, SSI has developed unique relationships with nearly every hospital account in the South East; their superior knowledge of the operating room environment, together with their extensive laparoscopic surgical training and education emphasis made SSI an ideal distributor partner for Microline PENTAX in the South East.

Dr. Boulnois further stated, "In this highly competitive environment, Microline PENTAX is excited at the prospect that every single SSI customer in the South East will now have access to the finest laparoscopic reposable instruments in the market, including the best scissors, the best multifire clip applier for 10 mm trocars, and the only self-ligating clip used in laparoscopic surgery".

Microline PENTAX is a leading U.S. medical device manufacturer of high quality reposable surgical laparoscopic instruments. Founded in 1987, Microline PENTAX is a wholly owned subsidiary of PENTAX Corporation in Tokyo, Japan; a $1.5 billion company with $430 million in medical sales. Microline PENTAX integrated modular laparoscopic instrumentation system consists of a selection of reusable handpieces that utilize a broad assortment of disposable tips. This concept allows for surgical efficiency and cost effectiveness to be preserved at all times. The Company's patented product portfolio comprises cutting, dissecting, grasping, cauterizing and ligating instruments used in all laparoscopic surgical procedures.

Microline PENTAX corporate headquarters, primarily Research and Development, and Manufacturing facilities, are located in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Source: Microline PENTAX

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