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 News Release - August 10, 2010

Atrium Announces Two New Surgical Mesh Contracts with Premier

HUDSON, N.H., Aug. 10 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Atrium Medical Corporation, pioneering advancements in biological, mechanical and therapeutic solutions for soft tissue reinforcement, is proud to announce that the company was awarded a three-year national contract from Premier Purchasing Partners L.P., the group purchasing organization of Premier, Inc. (Charlotte, NC). Atrium Medical was also awarded a three-year dual-source surgical mesh agreement for Premier's Accelerated Supply Chain Endeavor (ASCEND™) program member-participants. ASCEND assists Premier alliance member hospitals in ongoing efforts to control and reduce costs through simplified purchasing processes, appropriate clinical utilization and specially negotiated contracts. Both contracts are effective October 1, 2010.

Members of the Premier healthcare alliance will have access to specially negotiated pricing and terms for Atrium's surgical mesh products, including Atrium's first-to-market Bioabsorbable Omega 3 Fatty Acid (O3FA) coated surgical mesh, C-QUR™. The agreement also includes C-QUR™ V-Patch, C-QUR Lite™, Prolite™ and Prolite Ultra™ Polypropylene meshes, ProLoop™ and SFP mesh plug products. Additional information is available at

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,300 U.S. hospitals and 68,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to achieve high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has offices in San Diego, Philadelphia and Washington.

About Atrium

Atrium's vast expertise in medical device technologies for the treatment of coronary and vascular disease, chest trauma, hernia and soft tissue injury has brought a number of breakthrough advances in several diversified healthcare markets including interventional cardiology and radiology, chest trauma care and thoracic drainage, vascular surgery, and general surgery. Maintaining a commitment to the latest ISO13485 Quality Standards, state-of-the-art manufacturing and automation, cell biology and biomaterial discovery programs, Atrium continues to excel in those healthcare segments that require more advanced surgical intervention for improvements in patient outcomes. For more information please call Atrium's Marketing Communications Dept. at 1-800-370-7899 or visit Atrium's website at

Source: Atrium Medical

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