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American Society of Plastic Surgeons Announces Gold Sponsors for Plastic Surgery The Meeting

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL – The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is pleased to announce Gold level support from KCI, an Acelity Company, Smith & Nephew, AirXpanders, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), Stryker and Merz for its 87th annual scientific conference, Plastic Surgery The Meeting, in Chicago, Sept. 28 through Oct. 1.

"We are excited to collaborate with KCI, Smith & Nephew, AirXpanders, MTF, Stryker and Merz for our premier meeting," said Jeffrey Janis, MD, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. "Their generous sponsorship reflects a dedication to enhance patient care and provide innovative medical solutions that can improve our patients' quality of life. We are grateful for their support and look forward to collaborating with them in Chicago."

KCI is a global advanced wound company committed to developing innovative healing solutions for patients and advancing the science of healing, and Smith & Nephew supports healthcare professionals in their daily efforts to improve the lives of their patients through advanced medical products and services.

"At KCI, our focus is 100 percent on the customer – the surgeons, clinicians and nurses on the front lines delivering patient care. In the field of plastic surgery, our goal is to inspire confidence that the KCI portfolio, buoyed by the most comprehensive and growing body of clinical evidence in the industry, will preserve the surgeon's work and improve the healing process for patients," said Dr. Ron Silverman, M.D., FACS, Chief Medical Officer, KCI. "Our support for Plastic Surgery The Meeting is yet another opportunity to spark innovation, further education and enhance collaboration in support of improving patient outcomes."

"Smith & Nephew is excited to partner with ASPS and Plastic Surgery The Meeting this year," said Smith & Nephew Corporate. "With the innovation of PICO Negative Pressure Wound Therapy we are providing our customers and their patients with an alternative to traditional negative pressure in a small, portable, canister-free device. Come by booth 827 or register for our symposia to learn how PICO can partner with you to help reduce the risk of surgical site complications and help your patients with the healing process."

Recognized as the premier conference for aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, Plastic Surgery The Meeting unites the best in the specialty and provides educational offerings and events to help plastic surgeons enhance their knowledge and thrive in their practice.

Recently celebrating its 110-year anniversary, Merz is a family-owned company that offers a strong portfolio of complementary aesthetics products worldwide, including injectables, devices and skincare products. The Merz aesthetics product portfolio is trusted by both patients and expert medical aesthetics practitioners.

"ASPS is where the best and brightest in plastic and reconstructive surgery meet to discuss the latest developments and cutting-edge treatments in the field," said Bob Rhatigan, CEO of Merz North America. "Merz is thrilled to contribute to these conversations as we work every day to build a culture centered around our customers, so they can help their patients live better, feel better and look better."

The ASPS Premier Support program provides industry partners with increased visibility, additional benefits and greater recognition for their support at Plastic Surgery The Meeting. Partnering with ASPS provides unprecedented opportunities to communicate and engage with aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeons from around the world.

AirXpanders is focused on designing innovative medical devices to improve breast reconstruction, and MTF is a non-profit service organization dedicated to providing clinically sound, safe allograft tissue.

"This meeting has always been the highlight of our year and we are thrilled this year to bring together a distinguished, multi-disciplinary panel of thought leaders in Breast Reconstruction and Radiation Oncology," said Frank Grillo, President and CEO of AirXpanders, Inc. "We expect this panel to educate and inspire inter-departmental collaboration for clinicians offering patients an important new option in their reconstruction journey."

"MTF Biologics is a non-profit, service organization and leading provider of biologic solutions for patients and surgeons that save and heal lives," said Joe Yaccarino, President & CEO. "We are very proud to continue our collaboration and support of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Plastic Surgery The Meeting. Patient satisfaction in breast reconstruction has inspired us to introduce our FlexHD Pliable allografts specifically designed for pre-pectoral breast reconstruction and Renuva, a natural solution for restoring soft tissue volume loss by regenerating host fat. We look forward to The Meeting to demonstrate our commitment to serve patients through high quality, innovative tissues and products for reconstructive and cosmetic procedures."

About ASPS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery.

About MTF

MTF Biologics, the world's leading tissue bank, is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and healing lives by honoring the gift of donation, serving patients and advancing the science of tissue transplantation. MTF Biologics Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery provides innovative solutions in breast reconstruction, craniofacial procedures, burn injuries and aesthetic surgery.

About AirXpanders

AirXpanders® Inc., based in Silicon Valley, is focused on the design, manufacturing and marketing of innovative medical devices that help modernize breast reconstruction. The company's flagship product, the AeroForm® Tissue Expander System, is the first and only FDA-cleared needle-free, patient-controlled tissue expander for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy.

About KCI, An Acelity Company

KCI, an Acelity Company, is a global advanced wound care company committed to developing innovative healing solutions for customers and patients across the care continuum. Our product portfolio is available in more than 90 countries and delivers value through solutions that speed healing and lead the industry in quality, safety and customer experience. Committed to advancing the science of healing, KCI sets the standard for leading advanced wound therapy innovation.

About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew supports healthcare professionals in more than 100 countries in their daily efforts to improve the lives of their patients. We do this by taking a pioneering approach to the design of our advanced medical products and services, by securing wider access to our diverse technologies for more customers globally, and by enabling better outcomes for patients and healthcare systems. Smith & Nephew is committed to supporting health care professionals for over 150 years.

About Stryker

Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies and, together with its customers, is driven to make healthcare better. The company offers innovative products and services in orthopaedics, medical and surgical, and neurotechnology and spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. More information is available at www.stryker.com.

About Merz North America, Inc.

Merz North America, Inc. is a specialty healthcare company dedicated to the development and marketing of innovative quality products for physicians and patients across the United States and Canada. Merz products are distributed through two divisions, Aesthetics and Neurosciences, and are developed with the goal of improving patients' health and quality of life by delivering therapies that bring about real progress. Privately-held, Merz North America is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. To learn more about Merz North America, Inc., please visit www.merzusa.com.

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