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 News Release - February 11, 2015

Instrument Trays Made of Solvay's Radel(R) PPSU Show Strong Compatibility with TSO3's Low-Temperature Sterilization System

ANAHEIM, CA and QUEBEC, Feb. 11, 2015 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) - Solvay, a leading global supplier of high-performance thermoplastics, and TSO3 Inc., a leading developer of low-temperature sterilization systems for the healthcare industry, jointly announced today that, as part of the U.S. FDA's 510(k) premarket clearance for TSO3's new STERIZONE® VP4 Sterilization System received in December 2014, light weight instrument trays made of Solvay Specialty Polymer's Radel® polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resin demonstrate strong compatibility for sterilizing a wide range of medical devices.

The STERIZONE® VP4 Sterilizer developed by TSO3 is a low-temperature sterilization system that utilizes vaporized hydrogen peroxide and ozone. It is the only system to have received FDA's premarket clearance for dual sterilant processes. It can sterilize a large number and wide range of compatible devices in a cost-effective, error-free single cycle. TSO3's unique Dynamic Sterilant Delivery System™ automatically adjusts the quantity of injected sterilant based on the load composition, weight and temperature. With its large, 75-pound (34-kilogram) capacity and short cycle time, the STERIZONE® VP4 Sterilizer can enhance throughput and lower sterilization costs.

"TSO3's sterilant delivery technology represents significant value to our customers by offering them the option to select standard, highly durable, light weight instrument trays made from Solvay's high-performance Radel® material and, as a result, lower their inventories and costs," said R.M. (Ric) Rumble, president and CEO of TSO3.

"The growing use of electronics, flexible endoscopes and other delicate medical devices that are incompatible with high-temperature steam sterilization has increased the need for low-temperature sterilization techniques, such as hydrogen peroxide," said Dane Waund, global healthcare market manager for Solvay Specialty Polymers. "To support this growing demand, Solvay conducted extensive studies to confirm Radel® PPSU's strong compatibility with TSO3's unique sterilization technology."

Solvay will be showcasing its broad selection of high-performance medical-grade polymers for medical devices at Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West 2015 in booth #1906, from Feb. 10-12.

STERIZONE is a registered trademark of TSO3

Dynamic Sterilant Delivery System is a trademark of TSO3

About TSO3

Founded in 1998, TSO3's activities encompass research, development, commercialization and licensing of sterilization processes for heat-sensitive medical devices, related equipment, accessories and consumable supplies. TSO3 designs products for sterile processing areas in the hospital environment and offers an advantageous replacement solution to other low temperature sterilization processes currently used in hospitals. For more information about TSO3, visit the Company's Web site at

The statements in this release and oral statements made by representatives of TSO3 relating to matters that are not historical facts (including, without limitation, those regarding the timing or outcome of any financing undertaken by TSO3) are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks, uncertainties and hypotheses, including, but not limited to, general business and economic conditions, the condition of the financial markets, the ability of TSO3 to obtain financing on favourable terms and other risks and uncertainties.

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About Solvay Specialty Polymers

Solvay Specialty Polymers manufactures over 1500 products across 35 brands of high-performance polymers – fluoropolymers, fluoroelastomers, fluorinated fluids, semi-aromatic polyamides, sulfone polymers, aromatic ultra-high performance polymers, high-barrier polymers and cross-linked high-performance compounds – for use in Aerospace, Alternative Energy, Automotive, Healthcare, Membranes, Oil and Gas, Packaging, Plumbing, Semiconductors, Wire & Cable, and other industries. Learn more at

As an international chemical group, Solvay ( assists industries in finding and implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. Solvay generates 90% of its net sales in activities where it is among the world's top three players. It serves many markets, varying from energy and the environment to automotive and aeronautics or electricity and electronics, with one goal: to raise the performance of its clients and improve society's quality of life. The group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 29,400 people in 56 countries and generated 9.9 billion euros in net sales in 2013. Solvay SA (SOLB) is listed on NYSE Euronext in Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg SOLB:BB – Reuters: SOLB.BR.

Source: TSO3

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