Q-Med's partner in North America, Medicis, announces merger with Inamed

UPPSALA, Sweden, March 21, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- According to a press release from Medicis today, the company is going to merge with the American company Inamed Corporation. Both companies are large players within the esthetics area. Inamed is also an international company.

Since 2003 Medicis has been Q-Med's partner in North America for esthetic products.

"Q-Med eagerly looks forward to developing cooperation with Medicis on the international arena as well. Our confidence in our technology and our strong trademarks have been strengthened, as they have contributed to making the deal possible. We will immediately begin to discuss what shape the extended cooperation will take," says Q-Med's President and CEO Bengt Agerup.

Note: Q-Med AB operates under the name of Q-Med Scandinavia, Inc. in the USA.

Q-Med is a rapidly growing and profitable biotechnology/medical device company that develops, produces, markets and sells medical implants. All products are based on the company's patented NASHA technology -- Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid. The products covered by the RESTYLANE trademark are used for the filling out of lips and facial wrinkles and for facial contouring and today account for the majority of sales. RESTYLANE is sold in over 70 countries and has been approved in the USA. DUROLANE, Q-Med's product for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip and knee joints, has been approved in Europe since May 2001. DEFLUX is a product which has been approved in Europe and the USA for the treatment of vesicoureteral reflux (malformation of the urinary bladder) in children. ZUIDEX for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in women has been sold in Europe since July 2002. Q-Med today has 540 employees, with approximately 350 at the company's production facility and head office in Uppsala. The Q-Med share is listed on the O- list of the Stockholm Stock Exchange, Attract 40.

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