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SCIMED ANNOUNCES DIRECT SALES ORGANIZATIONS IN GERMANY AND THE UNITED KINGDOM

 MINNEAPOLIS, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- SCIMED Life Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: SMLS) announced today that it has established direct sales organizations in Germany and the United Kingdom by acquiring Cormedics Medizintechnik GmbH (Cormedics), Munich, and certain assets and liabilities of Angiotech Limited, Hertfordshire, England, SCIMED's former distributors in those countries. These new direct sales organizations will operate as wholly owned subsidiaries of SCIMED under the names SCIMED GmbH in Germany and SCIMED Life Systems Limited in the United Kingdom.
 Germany and the United Kingdom are the first and third largest angioplasty markets, respectively, in western Europe. With approximately 160 cath labs performing more than 60,000 angioplasty procedures annually, they represent approximately 45 percent of the western European market.
 Dale A. Spencer, president and chief executive officer, commented, "SCIMED regards the international markets as one of its most important growth opportunities. Cormedics and Angiotech have played important roles in SCIMED's success, and we are working closely together to ensure a smooth transition and the continued excellent service for which SCIMED, Cormedics and Angiotech are well known. In most cases, SCIMED's customers in Germany and the U.K. will continue to deal with the same sales representatives. We plan to continue to develop SCIMED's international organization as we strive to increase SCIMED's worldwide competitive strength."
 SCIMED Life Systems, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets disposable medical devices, principally coronary and peripheral angioplasty catheters, for non-surgical treatment of cardiovascular disease. SCIMED's shares are traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol SMLS.
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 /CONTACT: Karen J. Kelsey, Director, Investor and Public Relations, SCIMED, 612-494-1329/
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