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Medical Devices Specialist and Life Sciences Executive, Drew Hoffmann, joins InterWest Partners

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Medical Devices Specialist and Life Sciences Executive, Drew Hoffmann, joins InterWest Partners May 2008

Menlo Park, CA - May 13, 2008 - InterWest Partners, a leading diversified venture capital firm, announced that Drew Hoffmann has been appointed as Executive-in-Residence. Hoffmann will pursue investment opportunities in the life sciences sector with a particular focus on medical devices as well as continuing to act as CEO of InterWest portfolio company Synvascular.

With over twenty five years of experience in the life sciences industry, Hoffmann has led numerous early stage companies in their efforts to transform research into marketable products. Prior to joining InterWest, Hoffmann was CEO of Inspiration Medical Inc., where he directed the company in establishing novel sleep apnea therapies. He also held executive positions at Epicor and Ventritex and co-founded Sysflow Medical Inc. to assess the feasibility of an improved hemodialysis blood pump.

"Drew brings a wealth of life sciences experience to InterWest, from medical prototype development to senior level management experience," said Michael Sweeney, InterWest general partner. "His unique combination of technical expertise and operating experience will greatly benefit our portfolio companies as we continue to support them throughout their lifecycle."

Hoffmann graduated from Stanford with a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering. He built his expertise in medical devices by developing and bringing to market intravenous pumps, implantable pacemakers and defibrillators, and cardiac ablation devices. Hoffmann holds 12 patents and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles about medical devices, materials, and polymer science.

"As someone who has worked with InterWest for many years as an entrepreneur, I have experienced firsthand their commitment to supporting start up companies in their endeavor to deliver novel solutions for the healthcare industry." said Hoffmann, "I have witnessed the impact that new life saving technologies have on those in need. As part of the InterWest team, I look forward to using my experience in this field to identify promising technologies and help to successfully bring these products to market."
About InterWest Partners

For more than 30 years, InterWest has partnered with exceptional entrepreneurs to build winning technology and life sciences companies. With more than 200 years of combined operating and investing experience, the firm’s investing team has raised $2.8B, completed more than 70 IPOs, and participated in nearly 60 upside acquisitions. As the firm invests InterWest X, a $650M fund, the InterWest team continues to believe that providing capital is just the beginning of a long-term collaboration with entrepreneurs to turn their vision into a thriving company.

The firm's past successful investments in life sciences include: AkaRx (acquired by Eisai), ArthroCare (ARTC), Aspreva Pharmaceuticals (ASPV; acquired by Galenica group, GALN), Cor Therapeutics (CORR; acquired by Millennium Pharmaceuticals, MLNM), Corixa Pharmaceuticals (CRXA; acquired by GlaxoSmithKline, GSK), Coulter Pharmaceuticals (CLTR; acquired by Corixa Pharmaceuticals, CRXA), Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST), Epicor Medical (acquired by St. Jude Medical, STJ), Inspire Pharmaceuticals (ISPH), IntraLase (ILSE; acquired by Advanced Medical Optics, EYE), LenSx Lasers (acquired by Alcon, ACL), Myogen (MYOG; acquired by Gilead, GILD), NovaCardia (acquired by Merck, MRK), Spinal Dynamics (acquired by Medtronic, MDT), TheraSense (THER; acquired by Abbott Labs, ABT) and Ventritex (VNTX; acquired by St. Jude Medical, STJ).

The firm's past successful investments in information technology include: CIENA (CIEN), Copper Mountain Networks (CMTN), Crystal Semiconductor (acquired by Cirrus Logic, CRUS), CubeTree (acquired by SuccessFactors, SFSF), Cyrix (CYRX; acquired by National Semiconductor, NSM), Edify (EDFY; acquired by Security First Technologies, SONE), Epocrates (EPOC), Kalpana (acquired by Cisco, CSCO), Lightera (acquired by CIENA), Lombardi Software (acquired by IBM), Network Computing Devices (NCDI), Open Silicon (acquired by Unicorn Investment Bank), PlaceWare (acquired by Microsoft, MSFT), Platform Solutions (acquired by IBM), Radius, Rendition (acquired by Micron Technology, MU), Sierra Logic (acquired by Emulex, ELX), SiTera (acquired by Vitesse, VTSS), Silicon Graphics (SGI), Stratacom (STRM; acquired by Cisco, CSCO) and Xilinx (XLNX).

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