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AORTECH HIRES GENERAL MANAGER, E.A.M.E. AND MEDICAL DIRECTOR IN EUROPE

AORTECH HIRES GENERAL MANAGER, E.A.M.E. AND MEDICAL DIRECTOR IN EUROPE
 ST. PAUL, Minn., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- AorTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: AORT) announced today that it has hired John McKenna as General Manager, E.A.M.E. and Dr. Peter Duijst, as Medical Director in Europe.
 McKenna, who most recently was European Marketing Manager for Shiley U.K. Ltd., will primarily be responsible for expanding distribution activities in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East for AorTech's Ultracor(TM) prosthetic heart valve. He will also manage the activities of several former Shiley representatives and/or distributors who were added on March 1, 1992. During his nearly 12 years with Shiley, McKenna gained prominence throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East as a seasoned marketer of monoleaflet heart valves. He also has extensive experience conducting product training sessions in South America and Japan.
 Duijst M.D., Ph.D., former Senior Clinical Research Physician at Shiley Regulatory, Int., will primarily serve as AorTech's technical/clinical liaison to distributors and cardiovascular surgeons. Since 1990, Duijst was responsible for Shiley's cardiovascular clinical research projects related to artificial heart valves, oxygenation, blood gas sensing and cyta/plasmapheresis. Duijst has broad experience researching, collecting and organizing data for regulatory submission or publication. He is an accomplished lecturer and trainer, and has authored numerous medical papers.
 AorTech, Inc. based in St. Paul, Minn., manufactures and distributes the Ultracor Prosthetic heart valve and the Arcas/AorTech Annuloplasty Prosthetic Ring. Aortech also distributes cardiovascular electrophysiology monitoring equipment.
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 /CONTACT: Gregory J. Ruehle, AorTech, 612-481-1208; or Tom de Petra of de Petra and Associates, 612-338-7630, for AorTech/
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