Synthes and Kensey Nash Announce Strategic Agreement for Extracellular Matrix Products





Synthes, Inc., a leading global medical device company in the orthopaedic trauma, spine, and cranio-maxillofacial markets, and Kensey Nash Corporation (NASDQ:KNSY), a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative regenerative medicine products, today announced a strategic agreement for products developed from Kensey Nash's unique extracellular matrix (ECM) technology.

Kensey Nash Corporation has developed a proprietary technology platform for processing porcine-derived extracellular matrix tissues. Under the agreement, Kensey Nash will develop and manufacture porcine dermis-based ECM products, which Synthes will market and distribute for select reconstructive surgical applications. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The ECM products have the benefit of rapid revascularization and are therefore quickly repopulated with cells from the host tissue, ultimately converting into functional living tissue. They are to be used in a wide range of soft tissue reinforcement procedures. Among the many possible applications being examined are abdominal repairs as well as head, neck and chest plastic reconstructions.

"We are pleased to broaden our product offering with this important biomaterials technology. We look forward to our partnership with Kensey Nash in our efforts to provide our customers with innovative and effective solutions for the benefit of their patients," commented Michel Orsinger, President and CEO of Synthes.

"This partnership represents an important milestone in our plans to build upon Kensey Nash's leadership position as a developer of innovative regenerative medicine products," commented Joseph W. Kaufmann, President and CEO of Kensey Nash. "Synthes is well respected as a global leader in the medical device industry and we look forward to building a valuable franchise with a series of ECM products," he concluded.

Synthes: A leading medical device company
Synthes is a leading global medical device company. We develop, produce and market instruments, implants and biomaterials for the surgical fixation, correction and regeneration of the human skeleton and its soft tissues.

About Kensey Nash Corporation

Kensey Nash Corporation is a leader in developing, manufacturing and processing resorbable biomaterial products, incorporating its proprietary collagen and synthetic polymer technology. This expertise is used to develop and commercialize its products through strategic partners. The company has an extensive range of products, which are sold in multiple medical markets, including, the cardiology, orthopedic, sports medicine, spine, endovascular and general surgery markets. The company is known as a pioneer in the field of arterial puncture closure, as the inventor and developer of the Angio-Seal(TM) Vascular Closure Device, which is licensed to St. Jude Medical, Inc.

For further information please contact

Gilgian Eisner, Investor Relations, Synthes, Inc.
Phone +41 32 720 4745
Email: investor.relations@synthes.com
http://www.synthes.com