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OKTO Continues Aggressive Expansion of U.S. and Global Surgical Sales Force

COSTA MESA, California – 15 May 2003 – OKTO Ophtho, the premier developer and distributor of specialty technologies for eye surgery, continues its aggressive expansion of both its U.S. Surgical Sales Team and its international distribution network.

“Our surgical sales force is now the strongest and most focused in company history,” said Erik Melling, Vice President of Sales of OKTO Ophtho. “Expanding our presence in the U.S. with quality representation has always been a priority. This is definitely the finest team of surgical reps I have worked with and I know that they will provide only the best service to ophthalmology O.R.s throughout the U.S.”

OKTO Ophtho is proud to announce the following surgical representation appointments in United States territories:

• Stan Durham / North Carolina

• John Deeds / Alabama

• Jason Speerly (ABS Medical) / Chicago

• Erik Custardo (ABS Medical) / Chicago

• Michael Limoni (ABS Medical) / Midwest

• Jack Fitzsimmons / Iowa

OKTO has teamed with Susan Thomas of Export Associates to expand the company’s international client and revenue base.

The company’s alliance with Susan Thomas and Export Associates will allow the company and international customers to benefit from Susan’s sales and surgical expertise on an international level. Her main responsibility is the appointment and management international distribution. Susan Thomas began her international sales and marketing career over 25 years ago and has been dedicated to the marketing and selling of ophthalmic devices since 1988.

“The relationships Susan has forged with ophthalmic international distribution companies are strongest we’ve seen amongst international consulting companies”, states Mr. Melling. “We are proud to have Susan on our team and as our point-person with our international sales efforts.”

About OKTO

Founded in 2000, OKTO Ophtho develops and commercializes specialized, leading-edge surgical technologies for eye surgery. OKTO’s purpose is to develop surgical solutions that improve the quality of life for patients, elevate the performance and productivity of eye care professionals, and lower costs to the provider.

OKTO currently holds leadership positions with surgical devices for oculoplastic surgeries and bio-implant technologies for ocular surface/ophthalmic reconstructive

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