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SEATTLE--(BW HealthWire)--Aug. 24, 2000

Moving into a new home is never easy. But for online medical supplier, all the packing, boxes and hassles are cause for celebration.

Less than six months after launching a Web site that is changing the way private practices and ambulatory treatment centers purchase medical, surgical and pharmaceutical supplies, the company is trading in its cramped offices of 4,500 square feet in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood for a 26,000-square-foot building of its own on nearby Capitol Hill.

The move caps an amazing period of growth for that has seen $23.3 million in financing, stronger-than-expected sales, formation of key strategic partnerships and the hiring of former Ryder System's Executive Vice President Ray Greer as the company's chief executive officer.

"It wasn't long ago that this company was basically two guys and a vision for transforming the inefficient supply chain for private practices and out-of-hospital healthcare providers," says Greer, who joined co-founders David Mayer and Michael Nelson in July. "Our success has come not just from a fundamentally sound business model and a strong knowledge of our market, but from the values and dedication of the people who are building this company."

While other companies have struggled recently, has prospered by building a one-stop, easy-to-use Web site, assembling a broad range of competitively priced products, and providing an unmatched level of customer service.'s phenomenal growth has come with its share of headaches. With 88 employees and counting, conditions were so cramped at the old place that Greer had to share a 10-foot by 10-foot office with both Mayer and Nelson.

It wasn't exactly a textbook method for recruiting a Fortune 100 executive.

"I told Ray that he'd be working closely with me and Michael -- I just didn't say how close," Mayer jokes.

The old offices hold a lot of memories for Mayer, an anesthesiologist, but he said the company made sure to take the most important things to its new home.

"We may be in a new building, but's core values, our amazing culture and drive to create the ideal procurement solution for our customers haven't changed a bit," Mayer said.

About is a privately held online distributor that provides medical, surgical and pharmaceutical supplies and specialty-specific information for out-of-hospital healthcare practitioners. brings a broad product selection, competitive pricing and unparalleled customer service along with the convenience and efficiencies of ordering supplies online to the rapidly growing physician marketplace.
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