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TriVirix Forms Manufacturing Partnership with Sterion

For Immediate Release  -  April 29, 2004

DURHAM, NC (April 29, 2004) - TriVirix Inc., a global provider of product development, manufacturing and end-user services to the medical and life sciences equipment industries, today announced that it has entered a manufacturing agreement with Sterion Incorporated (Nasdaq: STEN), a Minneapolis-based medical products and emergency services company. Under terms of the agreement, TriVirix will manufacture the next generation of Sterion’s Surgidyne Closed Wound Drainage Vacuum Controller.

“It was essential for Sterion to find a manufacturing partner that was well versed in the FDA regulatory environment, and TriVirix’s extensive regulatory compliance experience met our criteria. We also wanted a partner who had a customer-focused culture and could respond quickly to our needs. TriVirix committed to being that partner. We are excited about leveraging that expertise throughout the entire life-cycle of our product,” said Kenneth Brimmer, Sterion’s CEO.

“Our track record of superior quality performance and solid regulatory compliance gave Sterion confidence in our manufacturing capabilities. TriVirix frequently undergoes demanding audits to review our processes and all of our facilities are FDA registered, QSR compliant and ISO9001/ISO13485 certified,” said Kathy Blum, TriVirix’s interim CEO. “We pride ourselves on responding quickly to customer needs and look forward to establishing a solid partnership with Sterion.”

Sterion Incorporated joins a growing list of medical and life science leaders – including Medtronic, Smith & Nephew, Haemonetics and others – who are already benefiting from TriVirix’s customer-focused manufacturing model. The TriVirix model is based on the concept that customers want to work with one contract manufacturer throughout the product life-cycle, from initial design, development and prototyping to final manufacturing and post-production services.

About TriVirix

TriVirix is a full service contract manufacturing services company focused exclusively on the development, manufacture, and support of complex electronic and electromechanical medical and other life sciences equipment. By partnering with TriVirix, OEM’s benefit from extensive equipment engineering and regulatory knowledge, allowing them to bring products to market faster and more cost effectively. TriVirix’s global design and manufacturing facilities are ISO9001/ISO13485 certified, FDA registered and QSR compliant.

About Sterion Incorporated

Sterion Incorporated, headquartered in Minnesota, develops, manufactures, assembles and markets single-use disposable medical products and the company, through its LifeSafe Services subsidiary, provides emergency oxygen and related services to over 4000 customers. The company's Surgidyne Division markets surgical wound drainage products offering innovative solutions to surgical wound care. Sterion also provides contract manufacturing services to a major medical equipment corporation for its surgical instrument container sterilization system.

For more information:
Josh Rose
Director of Marketing
(919) 595-8242


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