Interplex Medical Exhibit at MEDICA 2011 Features The CerviLenz(R) Device Used for Predicting Premature Birth Risk

Interplex Medical, LLC, an FDA-registered, ISO 13485-certified company that designs and manufactures medical products for OEM customers, will display a variety of newly developed components, subsystems and finished products at MEDICA 2011, including an innovative device it helped develop for Cleveland-based Cervilenz Inc.

The Interplex Medical exhibit at Medica will be located in the North America Pavilion at Booth D32-13 in Hall 16.

The CerviLenz® device is used to measure vaginal cervical length in pregnant women. Cervical length measurements are important during pregnancy because the baby is at high risk of an early delivery if the cervix shortens too soon. Recent research has shown that vaginal progesterone treatment started mid-pregnancy for pregnant women with a short cervix reduces the rate of premature birth by 45% and improves infant outcomes.

Prematurity is a global epidemic. There are nearly 13 million premature births worldwide every year, and over 1 million of those babies do not survive. Others face long hospitalizations and may suffer developmental delays or lifelong disabilities, such as blindness, cerebral palsy, and respiratory disease. In the U.S. alone, prematurity results in $26.2 billion in healthcare and related costs - to say nothing of the emotional toll on families.

Interplex Medical has extensive experience producing a wide range of minimally invasive medical devices. Cervilenz Inc. selected Interplex Medical to work with the company founders to finalize the design of its signature CerviLenz® device with a goal of making it easy to manufacture. The companies worked together to assemble a group of obstetricians, midwives, and maternal-fetal medicine specialists from around the United States to validate and test design concepts. Rapid prototyping that allowed extensive user input and other collaborative techniques were key to supporting successful design work by Interplex's engineers.

"Interplex Medical is thrilled to be manufacturing a device that can help pregnant women and babies," said Al Hoffman, Director of Business Development North America for Interplex Industries. "This project with Cervilenz Inc. brought out the best in our engineers, challenging them to bring art and science together in a cost-effective design. All parts are medical grade polycarbonate, and the device is entirely press fit. It's an honor to help introduce the CerviLenz® device to the international market at Medica."

"Doctors and midwives appreciate CerviLenz because its concept is so simple yet its design is so sophisticated," said Dean Koch, President and CEO of Cervilenz Inc. "We enjoyed working with the Interplex team to help design an elegant device that brings tremendous clinical value to obstetrics."

About Interplex Medical, LLC
Interplex Medical is a division of Interplex Industries, Inc. is located in Milford, Ohio. Interplex Industries was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in College Point, NY. Interplex provides services to the communications, electronics, industrial, medical and automotive markets with facilities in the United States, Mexico, China, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Korea, Scotland, France, Germany and Hungary. The company continues to expand its technology and capabilities in the areas of product design and application development services, metal etching, prototyping, tool design and build, precision metal stamping, die casting, precision machining, plating and finishing, insert and injection molding, assembly and full scale automation services around the world. For more information, visit www.interplexmedical.com or contact Al Hoffmann, Director of Business Development, North America (+1.248.918.8514 or alhoffmann ( @ ) interplex dot com)

About Cervilenz Inc.
Cervilenz Inc. manufactures and markets the CerviLenz® device - an innovative medical device that measures vaginal cervical length to help identify and manage pregnant women at high risk for premature birth. Founded in 2008, the company headquarters is in Chagrin Falls, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. CerviLenz was designed and is manufactured in Ohio by Interplex Medical, LLC. The device is single-use and made of recyclable plastic. For more information, visit www.cervilenz.com or contact Melanie Sweeney, Vice President, Marketing (+1.440.337.4253 or melanie ( @ ) cervilenz dot com) dot

About MEDICA
MEDICA is the center of attraction for all those involved in the health care industry. Around 138,000 visitors from well over 100 countries are expected to come get information on all the current and future trends in in-patient and out-patient care at this annual event. With its extensive ancillary program, numerous special events, two major congresses and the largest product display in the industry, MEDICA is the hub of the medical trade. MEDICA regularly features around 4,400 exhibitors from around the world displaying their OEM products and services over an exhibit area consisting of 19 halls and spanning nearly 1.3 million net square feet of exhibit space. For more information, visit www.medica-tradefair.com.

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