Today, Cook Urological proudly marks its thirtieth year in the urology field. Over the past three decades, Cook Urological has been instrumental in the research, development and design of breakthrough medical devices that have advanced the diagnosis and treatment of prevalent adult and pediatric urological conditions affecting the prostate, kidney, ureters and bladder. Cook Urological has also pioneered a new biodesigned device for penile curvature repair. As a result of its innovative offerings, Cook Urological has experienced consistent growth throughout its lifecycle and 2006 continued the trend as the division progressed at a record pace.

During its 30-year history, Cook Urological has remained committed to the design and manufacture of high quality urological devices. Specifically, the company was instrumental in helping to advance the field of endourology by supporting leading scientific organizations such as the Endourological Society. Cook has been vocal in driving discussions and providing guidance about the future and direction of the practice of endourology. Additionally, the Endourological Society has twice honored Cook with its Industry Achievement Award for its significant contributions to the field.

"Cook has continued to define and redefine the field of endourology throughout its long history," said Dr. Arthur Smith, Chairman Emeritus, Department of Urology, The Long Island Campus for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "They have been at the forefront of both physician and patient needs over the past 30 years, delivering innovative devices to address the limitations and challenges facing endourologists. Without Cook, the field of endourology would not be what it is today."

Cook has been first to market with key products and product enhancements necessary in the fields of urology and endourology, including:

-- The Industry's Smallest Stone Extraction Baskets -- Cook has created urology's smallest kidney stone extraction baskets. Its N-Circle® and N-Compass® extraction basket product lines provide urologists with greater control, improved irrigation and better visibility during stone removal procedures than other devices. As a result, patients are rendered stone free.

-- Nitinol Technology - Cook Urological was the first to introduce breakthrough nitinol technology for use in devices designed to capture kidney stones. Nitinol is a shape-memory alloy containing nickel and titanium. The unique metallic makeup of Nitinol creates a flexible, easy-to-use tool for expedient capture and release of stones. Nitinol is a critical component in many of Cook's endourological devices.

-- Advanced Ureteral Access Sheaths - Cook was heavily involved in the advancement of ureteral access sheaths. Its Flexor® product line provides superior ease of placement during repeated instrument exchanges, reducing the potential for trauma and improving patient experience.

-- Surgisis® Biodesign™ for Peyronie's Repair - Last year, Cook emerged as a leader in the treatment of penile curvature caused by Peyronie's disease. Cook has pioneered a unique material used in surgery to correct curvature. Surgisis Biodesign communicates with the body, signaling surrounding tissue to grow across the graft which allows the body to restore itself. This action accelerates the healing process by attracting cells and nutrients to the wounded area. Surgisis Biodesign rapidly integrates and remodels into strong, vascularized healthy tissue. Surgisis Biodesign Peyronie's Repair Graft provides physicians with an off-the-shelf solution that eliminates the need for, and trauma associated with, donor-site surgery.

"Cook has always recognized the growth and viability of all areas of urology and specifically endourology. Over the past 30 years we have remained dedicated to addressing the specific needs of urologists and their patients," said Jerry French, senior vice president and global strategic business unit leader for Cook's urology division. "Our continued growth demonstrates our ability to effectively deliver the innovative tools required to meet the needs of physicians and combat disease. As the urology division embarks on its next 30 years, our current pipeline promises to continue expanding the boundaries of urology to better serve patients and improve their quality of life."

About Cook Urological

Cook Urological specializes in interventional and biodesigned technologies that support diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in adult and pediatric urology; with an emphasis on stone management and male and female pelvic health. For more information, go to cookmedical.

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