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SOMANETICS ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIRMAN OF SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

 SOMANETICS ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIRMAN OF SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
 TROY, Mich., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Gary D. Lewis, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Somanetics Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: SMTS), announced that James P. Bagian, M.D., P.E., has been named chairman of the company's Scientific Advisory Board. Somanetics develops, manufactures and markets medical diagnostic and monitoring equipment using In Vivo Optical Spectroscopy (INVOS(R)) technology. The company's INVOS 3100 Cerebral Oximeter is the first product of its kind to monitor, noninvasively, directly and continuously, the oxygen saturation of the blood in portions of an adult's brain. As chairman of Somanetics' Scientific Advisory Board, Bagian will lead a group of scientific consultants in addressing potential applications for INVOS and other technologies that will provide cost effective solutions to the critical care physician.
 Bagian has been a NASA astronaut since 1980, and has logged more than 337 hours in space on two space shuttle missions. He also has assisted in the planning and provision of emergency medical and rescue support for the first six shuttle flights, and served as the astronaut office coordinator for space shuttle software and crew equipment. Bagian also is a flight surgeon, board certified in aerospace medicine, and is currently resuming his training in anesthesiology.
 The Pennsylvania native holds a doctorate of medicine from Thomas Jefferson University and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Drexel University, both in Philadelphia. Bagian also has received numerous honors and awards including a NASA Achievement Award in 1991 for developing the currently used treatment for space motion sickness, and a NASA Exceptional Service Medal for his work on shuttle missions STS-29 and STS-40.
 "The leadership Jim Bagian brings to our Scientific Advisory Board ensures Somanetics' distinctive role in providing market-driven, proprietary solutions in critical care medicine," Lewis said upon Bagian's appointment. "The Advisory Board is a catalyst to Somanetics' success."
 Besides its input concerning Somanetics' INVOS technology, the Scientific Advisory Board also may be requested to review and evaluate the company's research programs, to advise the company with respect to technical matters in areas where Somanetics is involved, and to recommend personnel.
 Somanetics Corporation is headquartered in Troy and has 44 employees. The company's Common Shares are publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol SMTS and its Class B Warrants trade under the symbol SMTSZ.
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 /NOTE: Dr. Bagian will be available for interviews on Oct. 19 and 20 at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Conference in New Orleans. Media demonstrations of Somanetics' Window to the Brain(TM) technology also will be available throughout the ASA conference Oct. 18-21. For scheduling and additional information, CONTACT: Mike Ard of Somanetics, 313-689-3050/
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