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Devices Cardiology Group Purchasing

 News Release - September 19, 2007

BIOTRONIK Awarded Major Cardiac Rhythm Management Contract

Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P., One of the Nation's Largest Medical Purchasing Organizations, Picks BIOTRONIK as One of Three CRM Suppliers

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--BIOTRONIK announced today that it has been awarded a full-service cardiac rhythm management (CRM) contract with Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P., one of the nation's largest healthcare purchasing alliances. The contract allows Premier members to purchase state-of-the-art BIOTRONIK pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, and cardiac resynchronization devices at exceptional savings.

The new agreement marks the first time that BIOTRONIK has offered its full product portfolio to the Premier alliance on contract; however, Premier members have known about BIOTRONIK products for several years. In 2001, BIOTRONIK earned a Premier new technology exemption for its wireless remote patient monitoring systems for pacemakers and defibrillators. This exemption allowed Premier members to take advantage of BIOTRONIK's leading-edge technology although at that time BIOTRONIK was not an official full-service CRM supplier to the Premier alliance.

"BIOTRONIK looks forward to partnering with the Premier membership to not only deliver high-quality cardiac rhythm management products for their patients, but to allow the members to achieve their operational budget goals," said Jake Langer, President, BIOTRONIK, Inc. "The inclusion of BIOTRONIK on the CRM contract for one of the nation's largest group purchasing organizations is evidence that our cutting edge product portfolio, creative value propositions, and sales force expansion initiatives are creating new opportunities for BIOTRONIK in the U.S. market."

BIOTRONIK Wins Pinnacle Award from Premier

In June 2007, BIOTRONIK was the only CRM company to win Premier's prestigious Pinnacle Award for supplier performance that meets and exceeds the expectations of Premier and its members. At that time, BIOTRONIK was providing product solely under the technology exemption.

"The Premier Pinnacle Award honors those elite suppliers who understand the importance of collaboration and strive for performance excellence. These suppliers are setting the standard for all of Premier's contracted suppliers as we work together to improve the healthcare of our communities, and we are proud to bestow this honor upon BIOTRONIK," said Mike Alkire, president of Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P.

The 2007 Premier Pinnacle Award was presented to 13 out of 720 contracted suppliers who have consistently achieved ratings of 95 percent or higher on Premier's scorecard system.

"Receiving the Premier Pinnacle Award reinforces our commitment to continuously strive to offer the highest quality products at the best possible price to the Premier alliance," said Tom Brown, Executive Vice President, BIOTRONIK, Inc. "With the new Premier CRM contract, we look forward to strengthening our partnership with the Premier membership."


BIOTRONIK is a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical devices, conducting business in more than 100 countries and offering a full range of innovative cardiovascular products that meet the highest standards of quality and reliability. The company's U.S. headquarters is located near Portland, Oregon.

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Serving 1,700 hospitals and more than 47,000 other healthcare sites, Premier is the largest healthcare alliance in the United States dedicated to improving patient outcomes while safely reducing the cost of care. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates one of the nation's largest healthcare purchasing networks, the most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information and one of the largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups in healthcare. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. For more information, visit


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