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Natus Medical Launches Family of Neonatal Oxygen Delivery Hoods, Heatshield, and Phototherapy Eye Protector.



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SAN CARLOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 1, 2003

Natus Medical Incorporated (Nasdaq: BABY) ("Natus"), today announced that the Company has started to market and distribute the family of Oxydome(TM), Oxypod(TM), Oxy-Igloo(TM), and Foldadome(TM) neonatal oxygen delivery hoods; Igloo igloo (ĭg`l) [Inuit,=house]. The Eskimos traditionally had three types of houses. (TM) neonatal heatshield; as well as the Biliband(TM) Eye Protector. Natus earlier announced signing an exclusive agreement with Nascor Pty. Ltd. Under the agreement, Natus will distribute the line of Nascor neonatal oxygen hoods, heatshield, and phototherapy Phototherapy Definition

Phototherapy, or light therapy, is the administration of doses of bright light in order to normalize the body's internal clock and/or relieve depression.
 eye protector in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Natus plans to introduce these products at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN NANN National Association of Neonatal Nurses ) annual meeting scheduled for October 8 - 10 in Palm Springs, California Palm Springs is a famed Riverside County, California desert resort city, approximately 110 miles (177 km) east of Los Angeles and 140 miles (225 km) northeast of San Diego. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 42,807. .

Each year an estimated 300,000 babies born in the United States require some form of oxygen therapy prior to discharge from the hospital(1). One form of oxygen therapy includes the use of oxygen hoods on those babies with less severe cases of lung disease lung disease Pulmonary disease Pulmonology Any condition causing or indicating impaired lung function Types of LD Obstructive lung disease–↓ in air flow caused by a narrowing or blockage of airways–eg, asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis; . Heatshields are intended for babies who need to be placed under radiant warmers, in incubators, or under phototherapy lights. By creating an environment of high humidity, heatshields help to control the temperature and reduce fluid loss experienced by these infants.

In contrast to other oxygen hoods and heatshields currently on the market, Natus' oxygen hoods and heatshield are aerodynamically shaped and designed to distribute an even flow of oxygen to babies and maintain a stable temperature. The hoods and heatshield are also fully transparent, allowing hospital staff and parents a clear view of infants. Additionally, they are comprised of a medical grade material that minimizes breakage associated with set-up, cleaning and storage.

All of the oxygen hoods as well as the heatshield are designed to be reusable except for the Foldadome oxygen hood. The disposable Foldadome hood is folded into a flat package, making it an ideal hood for emergency transport vehicles and other special care units with limited storage space.

The Biliband Eye Protector is designed to block harmful light from reaching the eyes of babies who undergo phototherapy treatment. Test results from an independent study demonstrate that the Biliband blocks more light than other leading brands of phototherapy eye shields(1). Moreover, unlike other phototherapy shields that may not stay in place, the Biliband's unique Y-shaped design allows it to conform to various head shapes and remain in place.

"We are pleased to be offering the Nascor products to Natus' customers, as they fit well with our existing product lines," stated Tim Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Natus. "The Bilibands are an excellent complement to our neoBLUE(TM) LED Phototherapy light. Furthermore, the neonatal oxygen hoods and heatshield allow us to expand our position in the neonatal care market."

"Due to the quality and convenience that these products bring to clinicians, we believe they will be well received," added Johnson.

About Natus

Natus Medical Incorporated develops, manufactures and markets proprietary, easy-to-use medical products that assist in the detection, treatment, monitoring and tracking of common disorders in newborns. Headquartered in San Carlos, California San Carlos is a city in San Mateo County, California, USA on the San Francisco Peninsula, about halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. It is an affluent small residential suburb located between Belmont to the north and Redwood City to the south. , the Company has operations in New York, Oregon, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

Natus' product lines include: ALGO ALGO Algorithm (R) Newborn Hearing Screeners, MiniMuffs(R) Neonatal Noise Attenuators, the CO-Stat(R) End Tidal Breath Analyzer, neoBLUE(TM) LED Phototherapy device; Biliband(TM) Eye Protectors; Oxydome(TM), Oxypod(TM), Oxy-Igloo(TM), and Foldadome(TM) oxygen hoods; Igloo(TM) neonatal heatshield; Neometrics(TM) software products: MSDS MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets, see there (TM) Metabolic Screening Database System, CMS (1) See content management system and color management system.

(2) (Conversational Monitor System) Software that provides interactive communications for IBM's VM operating system.
(TM) Case Management System, WebEBP(TM) Web Based Electronic Birth Page, VRS (Video Relay Service) A communications service for the hearing or speech impaired. A VRS is the video counterpart of a TTY relay service, in which the user types on a terminal, and the relay operator speaks the messages to the recipient (see TDD/TTY). (TM) Voice Response System, and the Neometrics diagnostic reagent products: Accuwell(TM) TSH TSH thyroid-stimulating hormone; see thyrotropin.

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 ELISA ELISA (e-liĀ“sah) Enzyme-Linked Immuno-Sorbent Assay; any enzyme immunoassay using an enzyme-labeled immunoreactant and an immunosorbent.

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 and Accuwell T4 EIA (Electronic Industries Alliance, Arlington, VA, www.eia.org) A membership organization founded in 1924 as the Radio Manufacturing Association. It sets standards for consumer products and electronic components. . Natus markets and sells its products directly in the U.S., through its wholly owned subsidiaries in the U.K. and Japan, and through distributors in 25 other countries. Additional information about Natus Medical can be found at www.natus.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA) implemented several significant substantive changes affecting certain cases brought under the federal securities laws, including changes related to pleading, discovery, liability, class representation and awards fees and  of 1995, particularly statements regarding the expectations, beliefs, plans, intentions, and strategies of Natus. These forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our strategy to bring additional products to our distribution network, our commitment to developing neonatal products that are easy to use and patient friendly, the complimentary nature of Nascor's products to our products, our opportunity to expand our market position with neonatal care customers, and expansion of distribution of Nascor's products. These statements relate to future events or Natus' future financial performance or results and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are only predictions and the actual events or results may differ materially. Natus cannot provide any assurance that its future results or the results implied by the forward-looking statements will meet expectations. The results could differ materially due to a number of factors, including the demand (or absence of demand) for our products and Nascor's products, continued acceptance of our products and Nascor's products, the successful development, introduction and widespread market acceptance of our products and Nascor's products, domestic and global economic conditions, competition from other companies, our inexperience in connection with the sale and distribution of Nascor products, adverse changes in our relationship with Nascor or our distribution network, integration of our efforts to sell Nascor products with our efforts to sell our existing products, the failure of third party payors to provide adequate reimbursement for the use of Natus' and Nascor's products, failure to obtain necessary regulatory clearances or approvals, adverse changes in Natus' relationships with its distributors, and product liability and intellectual property disputes or litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.

When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation.
. Natus disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement.

For additional information and considerations regarding the risks faced by Natus, see Natus' reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K filed and to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

natus(R); 70/40(R); ALGO(R); AABR AABR Association for the Advancement of the Blind and Retarded
AABR Average Available Bandwidth Routing Protocol
(R); ALGO 1e(R); ALGO-1 Plus(R); ALGO 2(R); ALGO DataBook(R); Dri-Prep(R); Ear Couplers(R); Jelly Button(R); Flexicoupler(TM); Jelly Tab(TM); MiniMuffs(R); CO-Stat(R); and neoBLUE(TM); Neometrics(TM); Accuwell(TM); Accuscreen(TM); CEM CEM

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CEM selective medium
chocolate agar made with Eugon agar and 5% horse blood; used to cultivate Taylorella equigenitalis.
(TM); CMS(TM); Neocoat(TM); MSDS(TM); VRS(TM); and WebEBP(TM) are Natus trademarks. Oxydome(TM), Oxypod(TM), Oxy-Igloo(TM), Igloo(TM), Foldadome(TM), and Biliband(TM) are trademarks of Nascor Pty Ltd.

(1) References on file at Natus
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