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HOWARD (HAP) PAUL, D.V.M., CHAIRMAN & CEO OF INTEGRATED SURGICAL SYSTEMS, INC. DEAD AT 44

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Howard (Hap) Paul, D.V.M., chairman, chief executive officer and co-founder of Integrated Surgical Systems, Inc. (ISS), died on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, Calif., from complications arising from leukemia, the company announced today. Mr. Paul had been undergoing treatment at Stanford after having been diagnosed with leukemia in Nov. 1992. He is survived by his wife Wendy (Shelton), four year-old daughter Eliza, two brothers, a sister and his father and mother.
 Mr. Paul, who founded ISS in 1990, along with prominent Sacramento orthopedic surgeon, Dr. William Bargar, was best known for his landmark research in applying complex imaging and robotics technology to surgical applications. That research led to the formation of ISS and development of its initial product, known as ROBODOC(tm). On Nov. 7, 1992 ROBODOC(tm) was used by surgeons at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento to assist in the performance of a total hip replacement. The surgery represented the first use of robotics technology in an active capacity in U.S. medical history. ROBODOC(tm) is currently in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized feasibility study at Sutter General.
 "We are deeply saddened with Hap's passing," said Steven Schwart, former senior vice president of IBM and a member of ISS's board of directors, "and we extend our heart-felt sympathies to Wendy and his family. In the finest sense, Hap Paul was both a pioneer and a visionary. I am confident that in the years to come, hospitals, physicians, and patients will reap the dividends of that vision".
 "Throughout his life, Hap's contagious enthusiasm enabled him to perceive the seemingly impossible as only challenges to be overcome," said Dr. Bargar. "He was driven by the goal of bringing the benefits of advanced technology directly to the patient. That will be his legacy to medicine."
 ISS is a privately-held company that develops and commercializes computer-based image-driven surgical robotics systems. The company was founded in Oct. of 1990 as the result of four years of collaborative research between IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., IBM's Scientific Center in Palo Alto, Calif., and the University of California, Davis (UCD). The company was established after the ROBODOC(tm) Surgical Assistant System was successfully used in 26 total-hip replacement operations on dogs.
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 /CONTACT: Lloyd Benson or Gilly Weinstein, 617-661-6330 of Cudaback Strategic Communications; or Bill Giles of ISS, 916-646-3487/


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