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BOSTON SCI MAY REBRAND GUIDANT HEART DEVICES

March 8, 2006

Boston Scientific Chief Financial Officer Larry Best said Tuesday that upon completing its acquisition of Indianapolis-based Guidant, it may change the brand name on Guidant's devices in order to boost sales. Guidant's cardiac rhythm management sales have been bruised in recent months by a series of high-profile recalls over safety concerns. Best also said the company's goal is to beat Fridley-based Medtronic Inc. in the implantable cardiac devices market. Boston Scientific's stent division is based in Maple Grove.

St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/business/14042414.htm)