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 News Release - August 29, 2007

Boston Scientific Announces Schedule for European Society of Cardiology Congress 2007

NATICK, Mass., Aug. 29 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX ) today announced the schedule of the Company's major events and press announcements at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2007, which runs from September 1 to 5 in Vienna, Austria.

The Company plans to announce five-year results from the TAXUS II clinical trial. The data are expected to build on the strong body of clinical evidence supporting the continued efficacy and long-term safety profile of the TAXUS® Paclitaxel-Eluting Stent System. In addition, the Company will announce partial one-year data from Phases II and III of the OLYMPIA registry, designed to study real-world outcomes of its TAXUS® Liberte(TM) Paclitaxel-Eluting Stent System. The Company anticipates the data will further reinforce the safety and efficacy of its second-generation drug-eluting stent system.

Details of the Company's activities at ESC 2007 are below.

Schedule of events (all times are Vienna time)

Sunday, September 2

-- OLYMPIA Phase II & III one-year data. Preliminary results from Phases II & III of the global OLYMPIA registry will be presented by Martyn Thomas, M.D., F.R.C.P., at 4:45 p.m., in the Helsinki Room (Zone 2). OLYMPIA is a prospective, multi-center, multi-phased registry with a planned enrollment of up to 27,000 patients, making it the largest study of its kind worldwide. The registry is designed to analyze real- world clinical outcomes data for Boston Scientific's second-generation TAXUS Liberte Paclitaxel-Eluting Stent System. Results from more than 7,000 Phase II and III patients will focus on safety and efficacy, and will highlight outcomes within the high-risk diabetic subset. The Company plans to issue a press release at this time.

Tuesday, September 4

-- TAXUS II long-term data. At 9:45 a.m., five-year clinical follow-up results from the TAXUS II clinical trial will be presented by Antonio Colombo, M.D., the study's principal investigator, in the Helsinki Room (Zone 2). TAXUS II is a randomized, double-blind, controlled study of the safety and efficacy of the TAXUS Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent, in which two sequential cohorts of patients with standard risk, de novo coronary artery lesions were treated with different dose formulations versus a bare-metal stent control group. The Company plans to issue a press release at this time.

-- Cardiac Rhythm Management Workshop Session. At 12:45 p.m., the Company will host a workshop entitled "Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy: all you need to know to maximize patient follow-up," in the Cairo Room (Zone 2). The session will address the current status of CRT, the value of HF diagnostics after device implant, and hemodynamic optimization during CRT.

-- Symposium on drug-eluting stents. At 2:00 p.m., the Company will host a symposium entitled "What's the evidence for using drug-eluting stents in your patients," chaired by H.D. Glogar, M.D., and Donald S. Baim, M.D., in the Brussels Room (Zone 4). The symposium will focus on current treatment options for coronary artery disease, latest challenges in ULMCA (Unprotected Left Main Coronary Artery) with PCI, evidence-based medicine for diabetics, real world data, and future outlook for DES.

Wednesday, September 5

-- TAXUS in Women study. Results from the TAXUS WOMAN study, a gender specific sub-group analysis of the TAXUS II - VI trials, will be presented in a poster session at 10:05 a.m. The aim of this study is to assess the relative efficacy of the TAXUS paclitaxel-eluting stents compared to bare-metal stents in women undergoing coronary revascularization. The pooled results of the women enrolled in these TAXUS trials were analyzed on an intention-to-treat basis and compared with the corresponding endpoints in men.

Boston Scientific will present its latest innovations at booth B225 in the Exhibition Zone 3.

About the European Society of Cardiology Congress

The European Society of Cardiology Congress 2007 will bring together the world's leading cardiologists to present the most relevant scientific developments in the field on issues including diagnosis, management and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The event in Vienna, Austria is expected to attract more than 20,000 medical professionals.

About Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. For more information, please visit: http://www.bostonscientific.com .

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