28 October 2003

COOK Australia, a leading global supplier of medical devices, has joined HIBCC AU. COOK is among the world's best-known and most respected names in medical devices and supplies. Closely allied with top medical research facilities, teaching hospitals and leading specialists around the world, Cook Australia continues to provide innovative, physician-conceived, custom-crafted medical devices to health care providers.

Gus Taddeo, the Managing Director of COOK said: "COOK Australia has enthusiastically joined HIBCC AU, and we are keen to leverage the UPN Repository into our business. It is crucial that we have standards based data alignment tools available to reduce costly errors, improve our business processes, and contain costs".

Kirk Kikirekov, President of HIBCC AU said of the signing: "We are delighted to have COOK Australia join HIBCC AU as a member. Together with our other supplier members, COOK adds to HIBCC AU's significant penetration in the medical devices supply chain for all major categories, including Orthopaedics, Cardio-thoracic, Vascular, Opthalmic, Ear Nose and Throat, Neurosurgical, Urogenital, Endoscopic and Diagnostic and Monitoring instruments and products".

Established in 1984 by leading healthcare associations, HIBCC is the primary standard-setting and educational organisation for barcoding and e-commerce initiatives in the world of healthcare. HIBCC's mission is to improve the quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness of the healthcare industry by fostering and promoting automated business communications. The HIBCC mission is extended globally via a network of HIBCC offices located throughout the world. The HIBC Standards are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).

HIBCC AU is the Australian Affiliate of the Health Industry Business Communications Council, and was established in March 2002 to address the growing health industry awareness for the need to become more efficient through supply chain reforms.

More than 1,500 medical device suppliers use the HIBCC standards globally. Other members of HIBCC AU include medical device companies Johnson & Johnson Medical, Stryker, Smith & Nephew Surgical, DePuy, Zimmer, Welch Allyn and Advanced Medical Optics.Health Provider members include the Alfred Hospital.

For Further information about this press release and HIBCC AU, please contact:

Kirk Kikirekov
President, HIBCC AU
Tel: 02 9258 7225