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NEW MATERIALS MAKE OLD PRODUCTS BETTER, SAFER, MORE EFFECTIVE

 CARLSBAD, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- There's a new company at work in materials technology that is making old products new by employing advanced polymers it has developed or licensed. Wilshire Technologies (AMEX: WIL) uses proprietary formulations that it can engineer to have varied attributes. The potential of the products it is developing to better their work effect is enormous, and the size of Wilshire's markets indicates that greater utility would be a distinct benefit.
 Common latex or surgical gloves have been traditionally used throughout health care to protect both practitioners and patients. Last year OSHA mandated their use in most medical environments. Yet 10-15 percent of the population, including surgeons, are allergic to latex. And these gloves are far from clean -- they constantly shed minute particles of latex into the environment and onto surfaces they touch. Wilshire's new formulation polymer gloves are non-allergenic and are highly breathable, allowing for greater comfort. It is estimated that $140 million will be spent in the United States in 1993 for surgical gloves for health care use alone.
 The same condition applies in the computer and electronics world for "clean room" manufacturing of sophisticated chips and components in a sterile environment. Here Wilshire Technologies' newly formulated gloves, along with wipes and swabs, aid significantly in contamination control and vastly improve manufacturing yields, thus lowering costs. U.S. industry will spend about $300 million in 1993 for gloves, wipes and swabs.
 Back to health care. Wound dressings have advanced far beyond the cloth stage to the point where specific dressings using Wilshire Technologies' formulations can be engineered for specific effects, such as providing an impermeable viral barrier while expelling vapor, allowing a wound to "breathe" like skin, or they can be impregnated with therapeutics for slow release into the wound. Health care costs for advanced wound care dressings will approach $800 million in 1993.
 Transdermal patches can be used to deliver therapeutics directly to the human system through the skin for purposes ranging from control of heart disease to weight loss. Consumers will spend hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide for weight loss control. Wilshire's proprietary TrimPatch(TM) is an appetite-suppressant patch being released in May 1993 for the Asian marketplace. U.S. approval is expected in 1994.
 Wilshire Technologies, a publicly traded company, is using its know-how to make what are known as "disposables" in the health care and manufacturing fields far more "intelligent," useful and hard- working by applying its new materials technologies to old tasks.
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 /CONTACT: Bruce Russell of Russell Communications, 310-216-1414, for Wilshire Technologies/
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