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AEA Honors Masimo with Innovative Medical Technology Award

05/23/06

Irvine, California May 23, 2006 - Masimo Corporation, the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry™ and Read-Through Motion and Low Perfusion Pulse Oximetry, was honored by the American Electronics Association's (AEA) Orange County Council at its Thirteenth Annual High Tech Awards ceremony.  The AEA recognized the Masimo Rainbow SET Rad-57™ Pulse CO-Oximeter™, as the Innovative Product winner in the Medical Technology category.

Masimo is the inventor of read-through motion and low-perfusion pulse oximetry, a technology called Masimo SET®, which has been proven more accurate and reliable in the most challenging clinical settings by over 70 peer reviewed published clinical studies.  Building on this technology platform, Masimo has recently introduced Masimo Rainbow SET™, a new technology that uses eight wavelengths of light to allow clinicians to capture and monitor an unprecedented array of patient physiological data, such as oxygen, carbon monoxide and methemoglobin, noninvasively.  Masimo Rainbow SET capabilities will be available in Masimo monitors and in multi-parameter patient monitors produced by leading manufacturers.

The Rad-57 Pulse CO-Oximeter, the first FDA cleared Rainbow SET product from Masimo, is the first device that allows clinicians to detect and monitor carbon monoxide levels in the bloodstream non-invasively.  In clinical studies and in the field, Masimo Rainbow SET is already proving itself effective in detecting carbon monoxide poisoning in seconds, allowing accurate diagnosis and early treatment of a life-threatening problem that is frequently misdiagnosed as flu or migraine.  Masimo has also recently received FDA clearance for the noninvasive measurement of methemoglobin levels in the blood.  A recent Johns Hopkins study found that methemoglobinemia, a potentially lethal condition that starves the tissues of oxygen, is much more common in hospitalized patients than previously realized.

Joe E. Kiani, Chief Executive Officer of Masimo stated "We are honored that the AEA has recognized Masimo with this award.  From the very beginning, we always believed that our breakthrough signal extraction technologies would be widely applicable.  Our first application, Masimo SET Signal Extraction Pulse Oximetry, has rapidly created a new performance standard for this critical vital sign.  With our Masimo Rainbow SET platform, we are collecting a much more rich data stream separated from interference, enabling us to distinguish additional blood constituents.  Our clinical and engineering teams are currently working to identify and qualify additional Rainbow parameters. We thank the AEA for this award and it's recognition of this innovative platform, and I thank my team for their brilliant efforts and tireless progress."

About Masimo
Masimo develops innovative monitoring technologies that significantly improve patient care- helping solve "unsolvable" problems.  In 1995, the company debuted Read-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry, known as SET, and with it virtually eliminated false alarms and increased pulse oximetry's ability to detect life-threatening events.  Over 70 independent clinical studies have confirmed that Masimo SET technology allows clinicians to accurately monitor blood oxygen saturation in critical care situations.  In 2005 Masimo introduced Rainbow SET and with it, Pulse CO-Oximetry, which, for the first time, noninvasively monitors the level of carbon monoxide and methemoglobin in the blood, allowing early detection and treatment of potentially life-threatening conditions.

Masimo, founded in 1989, has the mission of "Improving Patient Outcome and Reducing Cost of Care by Taking Noninvasive Monitoring to New Sites and Applications." Additional information about Masimo and its products may be found at www.masimo.com

Masimo, SET, Signal Extraction Technology and Improving and Reducing Cost of Care by Taking Noninvasive Monitoring to New Sites and Applications are registered trademarks of Masimo Corp. Rainbow and Pulse CO-Oximetry are trademarks of Masimo Labs.

About AeA
AeA, founded in 1943, is a nationwide trade association that represents all segments of the technology industry and is dedicated solely to helping our members' top line and bottom line. We do this in partnership with our small, medium, and large member companies by lobbying governments at the state, federal, and international levels, providing access to capital and business opportunities, and offering select business services and networking programs. For more information, please visit www.aeanet.org.