BOTHELL, WA, February 18, 2002 - SonoSite, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONO) today announces the promotion of Blake Little to vice president of engineering. In his new role, Little will oversee engineering operations for the Company. Prior to his promotion, he was director of engineering for SonoSite. "Blake has proven to be an integral part of SonoSite's management team and is a key player of SonoSite's successful engineering team that continually delivers high-quality innovation on schedule," said Jens U. Quistgaard, Chief Product and Marketing Officer of SonoSite.
"As our products continue to gain widespread acceptance in the medical community, we are discovering more and more opportunities to bring truly portable ultrasound technology to both traditional and new users of ultrasound. Blake's promotion to vice president of engineering marks another step in our continual evolution as the leaders in the hand-carried ultrasound market."
Blake Little has been with SonoSite since its spin-off from ATL Ultrasound in April 1998. Little began at SonoSite as director of ultrasound imaging development and, in 2001, was promoted to director of engineering. While with ATL Ultrasound from 1988 to April 1998, he served in various roles of progressing responsibility, including senior manager of product development of the Front-end Design group at ATL, where he was responsible for ultrasound system architecture, circuit board and Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) microchip design tasks.
Little, who holds several U.S. patents in the areas of front-end design, beam formers and power supplies, was awarded the ATL technical fellow award in both 1996 and 1991 and the ATL Presidents award in 1990. Little holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington.
SonoSite, Inc. (www.sonosite.com) is the innovator and world leader in hand-carried ultrasound, with an installed base of more than 20,000 systems. The Company, headquartered near Seattle, Washington is represented by eight subsidiaries and a global distribution netwok in over 75 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 approximately 450 people worldwide.