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Devices Wound Care

 News Release - June 27, 2007

Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management Division Announces Plan to Move BlueSky California Facility to Largo, Florida

LARGO, Fla., June 27 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- The Advanced Wound Management division of Smith & Nephew plc (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology business, announced today its plans to move the operations of its negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) business from California to its US headquarters in Largo, Florida. There will be a phased withdrawal from the facility in California which is expected to close in about six month's time.

The move to Florida is planned as part of the integration of BlueSky Medical Group Inc which was acquired in May this year. BlueSky's products are part of Smith & Nephew's range of customer solutions for hard-to-heal wounds and are the cornerstone for the development of Smith & Nephew's global NPWT business.

Joe Woody, President of Advanced Wound Management said, "We are very excited about BlueSky's products and the opportunities in the negative pressure wound therapy market. This move is the first step in integrating BlueSky with Smith & Nephew and creates a firm base for our long term position in this market. It also improves our ability to meet our customers' needs for NPWT products. We are working closely with the employees at BlueSky Medical to ensure a smooth transition."

About us

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specialising in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Trauma and Clinical Therapies, Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management products. Smith & Nephew is a global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one of the leading global orthopaedics companies.

Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people's lives. The Company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeons and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is synonymous with high standards of performance, innovation and trust. The Company has over 8,800 employees and operates in 31 countries around the world generating annual sales of $2.8 billion.

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Source: Smith & Nephew

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