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 News Release - October 17, 2008

Zimmer Holdings Announces Completion of Abbott Spine Acquisition

WARSAW, Ind., Oct. 16 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZMH ; SWX: ZMH ) announced today that its acquisition of Abbott Spine has been completed. Zimmer paid $360 million in cash in the transaction.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Abbott Spine employees and customers to the Zimmer family and we look forward to building toward critical mass with our expanded Zimmer Spine business," said David Dvorak, Zimmer President and CEO. "We have appreciated the engagement of the Abbott Spine management team as we have been able to move ahead briskly with our integration planning. We are excited to now work together to execute those plans and begin to take advantage of the great potential and strategic opportunity represented by this combination."

Abbott Spine was founded in 1996 and has U.S. headquarters in Austin, Texas, and an international facility in Bordeaux, France. Throughout its history, Abbott Spine has developed a series of innovative technologies and techniques to treat spine disease. Among the key products are the InCompass® Pedicle Screw System; the Pathfinder® Minimally Invasive Pedicle Screw system; the Wallis® Interspinous Stabilizer System (available outside the U.S.); the Ant-Cer® Dynamic Cervical Plate; and the Universal Clamp®. Zimmer Spine, which is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, intends to maintain a presence at Abbott Spine's Austin and Bordeaux sites. Abbott Spine has approximately 300 employees worldwide.

About the Company

Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, Zimmer designs, develops, manufactures and markets orthopaedic reconstructive, spinal and trauma devices, dental implants, and related orthopaedic surgical products. Zimmer has operations in more than 25 countries around the world and sells products in more than 100 countries. Zimmer's 2007 sales were approximately $3.9 billion. The Company is supported by the efforts of approximately 8,500 employees worldwide.

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Source: Zimmer Holdings

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