SurModics Comments on Johnson & Johnson Announcement

June 15, 2011 at 3:27 PM EDT
SurModics re-affirms fiscal 2011 guidance

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Jun 15, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

SurModics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SRDX), a leading provider of drug delivery and surface modification technologies to the healthcare industry, responded to Johnson & Johnson's announcement earlier today that Cordis Corporation, a J&J company, will stop the manufacture of CYPHER(R) and CYPHER SELECT(R) Plus Sirolimus-Eluting Coronary Stents by the end of 2011.

Gary Maharaj, president and chief executive officer, stated:

"While we are disappointed by J&J's announcement, we have long anticipated the continuing decline of royalties from CYPHER in our strategic and operating plans. Despite today's announcement, J&J remains an important customer, as our hydrophilic coating technology is used on a broad array of products across the Cordis franchise. Importantly, today's development reinforces and validates our long-term strategic plan of focusing on our core hydrophilic technology and in vitro diagnostics businesses. The Company re-affirms its previously communicated fiscal 2011 guidance."

About SurModics, Inc.

SurModics' vision is to extend and improve the lives of patients through technology innovation. The Company partners with the world's foremost medical device, pharmaceutical and life science companies to develop and commercialize innovative products that result in improved diagnosis and treatment for patients. Core offerings include: drug delivery technologies (coatings, microparticles, nanoparticles, and implants); surface modification coating technologies that impart lubricity, prohealing, and biocompatibility capabilities; and components for in vitro diagnostic test kits and specialized surfaces for cell culture and microarrays. SurModics is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and its SurModics Pharmaceuticals subsidiary is located in Birmingham, Alabama. For more information about the Company, visit The content of SurModics' website is not part of this release or part of any filings the Company makes with the SEC.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical or current facts, including statements about beliefs and expectations regarding our financial performance for fiscal 2011, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including (1) our ability to successfully identify, negotiate, sign and close a potential strategic transaction related to our Pharmaceuticals business; (2) the inability to realize the anticipated benefits of any potential transaction regarding our Pharmaceuticals business, if consummated, or of our other recent cost savings initiatives; (3) the potential adverse impact to our business as a result of our announcement to pursue strategic alternatives for our Pharmaceuticals business; (4) developments in the regulatory environment, as well as market and economic conditions, may adversely affect our business operations and profitability; (5) our reliance on third parties (including our customers and licensees) and their failure to successfully develop, obtain regulatory approval for, market and sell products incorporating our technologies may adversely affect our business operations, our ability to realize the full potential of our pipeline, and our ability to achieve our corporate goals; and (6) the factors identified under "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010, and updated in our subsequent reports filed with the SEC. These reports are available in the Investors section of our website at and at the SEC website at Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

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SurModics, Inc.
Phil Ankeny, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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