BOTHELL, WA - May 29, 2008 - Sonosite, Inc. (Nasdaq:SONO), the world leader and specialist in hand-carried ultrasound for the point-of-care, today announced the appointment of Richard O. Martin, PhD., to its Board of Directors. Dr. Martin served as President of Medtronic Physio Control Corporation from 1998 until his retirement in 2001. Prior to its acquisition by Medtronic in 1998, Dr. Martin was Chairman and CEO of Physio Control Corporation. He also held several senior executive positions in engineering, marketing and sales with Intermedics, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of cardiac pacemakers and other biomedical products before being named President and COO of that company in 1985.
From 1989 to 1990, Dr. Martin also served as Director, President and COO of Positron Corporation, a leading manufacturer of positron emission tomography (PET) systems specializing in cardiology, oncology and neurology applications. "Dr. Martin brings in-depth knowledge and years of corporate leadership in the medical imaging, diagnostics and therapeutics fields," said Kevin M. Goodwin, Sonosite President and CEO. "It is a pleasure to welcome Dick to our Board. We look forward to benefiting from the breadth of his experience and insights.
" Dr. Martin was Chairman of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association from 1996 to 1998, and served as the AeA's National Chairman from 2000 to 2001. He is currently a member of the boards of CardioDynamics International Corporation (Nasdaq:CDIC), Cardiac Dimensions, Prescient Medical, Inovice Medical and PetDRx Corporation. Dr. Martin received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Christian Brothers College, a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a doctorate in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.
Sonosite, Inc. (www.sonosite.com) is the innovator and world leader in hand-carried ultrasound. Headquartered near Seattle, the company is represented by ten subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 100 countries. Sonosite's small, lightweight systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high performance ultrasound to the point of patient care. The company employs over 600 people worldwide.