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Kalamazoo, Michigan - October 1, 2018 - Stryker (NYSE:SYK) announced today the acquisition of privately-held HyperBranch Medical Technology, Inc. for a total equity value of approximately $220 million in an all cash transaction. HyperBranch is dedicated to developing medical devices based on its proprietary polymers and cross-linked hydrogels. Its Adherus AutoSpray Dural Sealant product is one of only two FDA-approved dural sealants on the market.

"The acquisition of HyperBranch supports our growth strategy within our Neurotechnology business," said Spencer S. Stiles, Group President, Neurotechnology, Instruments and Spine for Stryker. "The addition of Adherus to our cranial closure portfolio strengthens our position of excellence in the dural repair space and aligns with Stryker's mission of making healthcare better."   

As a PMA approved and CE cleared hydrogel that is indicated for use as an adjunct to standard methods of dural repair to aid in creating a watertight closure of the dura, the Adherus product is highly complementary to Stryker's Craniomaxillofacial division. The patent protected sealant formulation, combined with a differentiated delivery system, is proven through clinical trials to provide clinically safe and effective dural closure.

The transaction is expected to have an immaterial impact to net earnings in 2018.

Sidley Austin LLP served as outside legal counsel for Stryker in connection with this transaction. 

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains information that includes or is based on forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities law that are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Such risk and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: unexpected charges or expenses in connection with the acquisition of HyperBranch; weakening of economic conditions that could adversely affect the level of demand for HyperBranch's products or our products; pricing pressures generally, including cost-containment measures that could adversely affect the price of or demand for HyperBranch's products or our products; changes in foreign exchange markets; legislative and regulatory actions; unanticipated issues arising in connection with clinical studies and otherwise that affect U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of new products; potential supply disruptions; changes in reimbursement levels from third-party payors; a significant increase in product liability claims; the ultimate total cost with respect to the Rejuvenate and ABG II matter; the impact of investigative and legal proceedings and compliance risks; resolution of tax audits; the impact of the federal legislation to reform the United States healthcare system; changes in financial markets; changes in the competitive environment; our ability to integrate acquisitions, including the acquisition of HyperBranch; our ability to realize anticipated cost savings or achieve other anticipated financial metrics in connection with the acquisition of HyperBranch; and the other factors identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Stryker Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and our subsequent reports on Form 10-Q, all of which are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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.

Contacts

For investor inquiries please contact:
Katherine A. Owen, Stryker, 269-385-2600 or katherine.owen@stryker.com

For media inquiries please contact:
Yin Becker, Stryker, 269-385-2600 or yin.becker@stryker.com





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Source: Stryker Corporation via Globenewswire

Investor Contacts
Katherine A. Owen
Vice President, Strategy & Investor Relations
Stryker
2825 Airview Boulevard
Kalamazoo, MI 49002
269-385-2600