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AEQUITRON MEDICAL ENHANCES LEADERSHIP POSITION IN HOME VENTILATOR MARKET THROUGH LICENSING AGREEMENT

 MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 20 /PRNewsiwre/ -- Aequitron Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQTN), today announced it has signed a licensing agreement with Adahan, Inc. of Jerusalem to manufacture and market a lighter, more compact ventilator. The new unit's unique design combines volume ventilation and transport capability in a smaller unit than currently available. It will also offer extended battery life and improved clinical capabilities when the new ventilator is introduced to the marketplace. The product development, testing and approval process is expected to take between 24 and 30 months according to Aequitron management.
 Aequitron President and CEO Jim Hickey said that the licensing agreement supports Aequitron's strong commitment to meeting the requirements of its customers. "Currently, more than 12,000 home health care patients use portable ventilators," he commented. "As that number continues to grow, we must be prepared to meet this segment's changing needs. The unique design of the Adahan technology will allow us to be more responsive to these individuals while helping us to retain our competitive edge in the ventilator marketplace." The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
 Portable ventilators currently represent the highest growth segment within the ventilator market. With a trend toward shortened hospital stays and increased subacute and home health care services, this segment is growing an estimated 12 percent each year. As a result, dealers and patients are demanding smaller, less costly and more easily operated units which offer high reliability.
 Aequitron Medical, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets electronic respiratory products for home health care and hospital use; and wheelchair lifts and automobile hand controls for people who face mobility challenges. The company's common stock is traded on the National Market System under the NASDAQ symbol AQTN.
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 /CONTACT: David Neuger, 612-333-6621, or home, 612-699-6730; or Errin Kratochwill, 612-333-6621, or home, 612-224-2462, both of Edwin Neuger & Associates, for Aequitron Medical/
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CO: Aequitron Medical, Inc.; Adahan Inc. ST: Minnesota IN: MTC SU: LIC

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