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Beaver-Visitec International To Focus On Ophthalmic and Microsurgery Products and Services New Company Brings Together Market-Leading Brands and a Dedication to Patients and Customers with a New Commitment to Invest for Innovation and Growth

Waltham, MA, October 14, 2010 — Beaver-Visitec International (Beaver-Visitec), a new company formed from the purchase of the ophthalmic systems businesses from BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) and Medtronic, announced today that it will focus solely on products and services for ophthalmic and microsurgery. Beaver-Visitec brings together the well-established brands of Beaver® Blades, Visitec® Cannulas and Instruments, Merocel® Fluid Control Products, and Wet-Field® Eraser® Electrosurgery Instruments. Headquartered in Waltham, MA, the new company will continue to concentrate on quality and precision and a dedication to its patients and customers, while strengthening their commitment to product development and investment for innovation and growth.

"Everyone at Beaver-Visitec has a renewed commitment to providing safety engineered, innovative products for clinicians and the patients they treat." said Thomas Kapfer, CEO. "Our goal is to not only to be known for the quality and precision of our products, but also for serving the ophthalmic and specialty microsurgical markets with distinction and advancements in technology."

Robert H. Osher, M.D., Medical Director of the Cincinnati Eye Institute and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, stated, "Beaver-Visitec is bringing together some of the most trusted and reliable products serving ophthalmologists today. Now with their focused resources and dedication to innovation and growth, I am confident they will be a valuable partner as ophthalmic surgery techniques and instruments evolve."

Beaver-Visitec will host an official company launch inviting all attendees on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting being held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Top executives will be available in BVI Booth #1435 beginning at 1:45 PM to meet with clinicians and answer questions. The company will also introduce their new website, www.beaver-visitec.com, at that time.

About Beaver-Visitec International, Inc.

Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, Beaver-Visitec International develops, manufactures and markets ophthalmic and other specialty microsurgical products. Beaver-Visitec distributes products in over 90 countries worldwide and operates manufacturing facilities in Waltham, MA, USA and Bidford on Avon, UK. We offer products and services for all aspects of Ophthalmic Surgery, including Cataract, Refractive, Oculoplastic, and Vitreoretinal sub-specialties as well as other Specialty Microsurgery procedures. More information about Beaver-Visitec International can be found at www.beaver-visitec.com.

For more information contact:

Lisa Reilly
781.906.6944
Beaver-Visitec International, Inc.

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