Zimmer Holdings announces MIS agreement with University of Nebraska Medical Center

Warsaw 09 December 2004Zimmer Holdings Inc. has entered into an agreement with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to establish a Zimmer Institute location at the school to collaborate on advancement of Minimally Invasive Solutions (MIS) Procedures and Technologies. The University of Nebraska location is under the direction of Kevin Garvin, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. Under terms of the agreement, Todd Sekundiak, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedics, will train orthopaedic surgeons to use Zimmer's minimally invasive technologies and participate in MIS product refinement. The university will function as a Zimmer Institute teaching facility and will become a Center of Excellence for MIS patient care.

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"We are pleased to be partnering with an outstanding group of orthopaedic surgeons and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and look forward to working with them to make the patient benefits of MIS procedures more widely available", stated Zimmer Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Elliott. "Minimally invasive joint replacement is getting people back to work or to their hobbies more quickly, but the patient benefits and the expected savings to the overall health care system will only be realized when the procedures are widely available. As a respected training institution, the UNMC will play a key role in realizing the promise of MIS procedures."

"We are excited about the prospect of combining what we have learned about minimally invasive orthopaedics with the experience of Zimmer and the other members of the Zimmer Institute network", stated Dr. Garvin. "As an internationally known teaching institution, we believe this opportunity to expand surgeon education is very consistent with our mission and our expertise."

One focus of activity at the UNMC location will be development of Computer-Assisted Solutions (CAS) technologies for surgical navigation in MIS procedures. Zimmer has worked closely with Dr. Sekundiak on development of next-generation CAS systems that would employ electromagnetics in MIS Quad-Sparing Total Knee Arthroplasty. In addition to his involvement in MIS programmes, Dr. Sekundiak and Dr. Garvin will be working with Zimmer to develop training courses related to revision joint replacement.

"The number of revision procedures, as a percentage of all joint replacements, is growing as people live longer and expect to maintain an active lifestyle later in life", stated Dr. Sekundiak. "I look forward to working with Zimmer to help a greater number of orthopaedic surgeons become more comfortable with these complex revision procedures." Another UNMC faculty member, Matthew Mormino, M.D., will conduct training courses related to orthopaedic trauma.

Zimmer opened the first location of the Zimmer Institute at the company's headquarters in Warsaw, Indiana, in 2003. Since then, it has established partnerships with Johns Hopkins University and the Tucson Orthopaedic Institute in the United States, and with several international partners. The company says this network of Zimmer Institute locations will contribute to a common pool of data and best practices, enabling each partner to benefit from the experience and developments of the others. The company expects to provide training for more than 1400 surgeons during 2004 at all Institute locations.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, located in Omaha, Nebraska, is a nationally respected institution with a staff of more than 1000 faculty physicians and scientists, 1550 nurses, and more than 3000 therapists, technicians, and other highly trained professionals delivering comprehensive and innovative medical treatment. The University's orthopaedic surgery department is well known for the quality of its faculty and alumni and the innovative research it conducts.

Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, Zimmer is an orthopaedic expert in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of reconstructive and spinal implants, trauma and related orthopaedic surgical products. In October 2003, the company finalized its acquisition of Centerpulse AG, a Switzerland-based orthopaedics company and the leader in the European reconstructive market. The new Zimmer has operations in more than 24 countries around the world and sells products in more than 80 countries. As a result of the acquisition of Centerpulse, reported 2003 sales were $1,9 billion. Full-year 2003 pro forma worldwide sales of Zimmer and Centerpulse were approximately $2,6 billion. The new Zimmer is supported by the efforts of more than 6500 employees.


Leslie Versweyveld

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