Synthes announces record date and special meeting of stockholders to be held on December 15, 2011





Synthes announced that it has established a record date and a meeting date for the special meeting of stockholders to consider and vote upon the previously announced merger agreement, dated as of April 26, 2011, pursuant to which Synthes will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

Synthes stockholders of record at the close of business on October 20, 2011 are entitled to notice of and to vote at the special meeting, which will be held on December 15, 2011, at 11.00 am, in Solothurn, Switzerland.

Synthes stockholders are encouraged to read the definitive proxy statement relating to the special meeting, when it becomes available. An invitation with further details on how Synthes stockholders may attend and vote at the special meeting will be published by early November 2011.

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.

For further information please contact
Gilgian Eisner, Investor Relations, Synthes, Inc.
Phone +41 32 720 4745, Fax +41 32 720 4811
Email: investor.relations@synthes.com