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Implantech to Distribute Gore Plastic Surgery Products.

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. and VENTURA, Calif.--(BW HealthWire)--Jan. 28, 2000

W. L. Gore and Associates Inc. (Gore) and Implantech Associates Inc. are pleased to announce the formation of a strategic distribution alliance.

Under the agreement, Gore will continue to produce the GORE Subcutaneous Augmentation Material (S.A.M.), expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) facial implants. Implantech will have non-exclusive rights for sales and marketing of these materials and provide educational and technical support for the products in the United States.

Gore has made the strategic decision to focus on the development of new products that enhance patient care. To meet its goals in this area, Gore needs a strong partner to market, distribute and support the current products as well as new products now in development.

&uot;Implantech has demonstrated excellent customer service and support of its own facial implant products. We are excited about this new alliance and Implantech's ability to build and foster strong relationships with its customers,&uot; stated Michael Martinell, leader for Gore's facial implant products.

Implantech is committed to the same values for which Gore has been known for more than 25 years: supplying high-quality, innovative products, providing the highest level of customer service and technical support; and demonstrating a commitment to facial implant surgery.

Gore and Implantech are excited about the opportunity to work together to provide surgeons with superior service, technical assistance and the world's leading plastic surgery products for patients.

About W. L. Gore &Associates Inc.

W. L. Gore &Associates Inc. is one of the world's leading technology-based companies. For more than 40 years, the Gore vision -- Creative Technologies Worldwide -- has been employed in the manufacture of high-quality products for diverse industries.

Gore's Medical Products Division, celebrating its 25th year of innovating products, provides such healing solutions as synthetic vascular grafts, interventional technologies, surgical meshes for hernia repair, and sutures for use in vascular, cardiac, general surgery and orthopedic procedures.

About Implantech Associates Inc.

Implantech Associates Inc. is a recognized leader in the development and marketing of facial plastic surgery products. Implantech continues to prove &uot;There's no reason to operate with anyone else&uot; by developing innovative ideas into quality products for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Implantech currently manufactures and markets silicone facial implants, silicone gel products for hypertrophic and keloid scars, and smoke aspiration devices.

GORE is a trademark of W. L. Gore &Associates.

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