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 News Release - January 29, 2009

Cook Medical Promotes Neal Fearnot, Matt Waninger and Bill Gibbons

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Today Cook Medical announced the development of a new business entity and promotions for long-time employees Neal Fearnot, Matt Waninger and Bill Gibbons effective June 1, 2009.

Neal Fearnot will assume the role of chairman of the board for MED Institute after serving for 26 years as founding president. MED Institute was founded in 1983 and has grown significantly as product development, regulatory and clinical requirements for new medical devices have increased substantially. In his new role, Neal will be starting a new Cook entity focused on the latest medical technologies. He will also continue global efforts to assist regulatory agencies around the world in the capacity of a vice president of Cook Group, Inc.

“MED Institute will continue to play an important role in providing scientific expertise for new medical products,” said Fearnot. “Cook will now pursue new technologies not presently used at Cook, with the goal of providing more new therapies for patients worldwide."

Matt Waninger, vice president of engineering at Cook Incorporated, will take Fearnot’s place as president of MED Institute. During his almost 11 years of service to Cook, Waninger has contributed in several areas, including regulatory and clinical trial work. For the last four years, he has led global engineering at Cook’s headquarters in Bloomington, Ind.

“I have a high regard for Neal, the rest of the staff at MED, and the work that they do,” Waninger said. “I am humbled to be selected as the next president and look forward to the challenge."

The new vice president of engineering at Cook Incorporated will be Bill Gibbons, president of Cook Endoscopy. While directing Cook’s global engineering efforts, Gibbons will also maintain his present position as president of Cook Endoscopy. He has served Cook for 10 years, first as an engineer, then as engineering operations manager and president for the last seven years.

“We are all excited about the coming changes, as they reflect Cook's continued commitment to developing creative solutions to fight disease,” Gibbons said. “Cook Endoscopy continues to be in a strong growth pattern, and its future growth potential is outstanding. As a manufacturer in the Cook Group and a leader in the field of Endoscopy, we are excited about the many opportunities for the Winston-Salem location.”

With Gibbons’s location change, Tamisha Clark, vice president of operations for Cook Endoscopy, will assume responsibility of general manager for the Winston Salem facility.

About Cook Medical:

Cook Medical was one of the first companies to help popularize interventional medicine, pioneering many of the devices now commonly used worldwide to perform minimally invasive medical procedures. Today, the company integrates minimally invasive medical device design, biopharma, gene and cell therapy, and biotech to enhance patient safety and improve clinical outcomes in the fields of aortic intervention; interventional cardiology; critical care medicine; gastroenterology; radiology, peripheral vascular, bone access and oncology; surgery and soft tissue repair; urology; and assisted reproductive technology, gynecology and high-risk obstetrics. Founded in 1963 and operated as a family-held private corporation, Cook is a past winner of the prestigious Medical Device Manufacturer of the Year Award from Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry magazine. For more information, visit

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