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PALO ALTO, Calif., July 13, 1999 -- Hewlett-Packard Company today announced that it will be the exclusive medical-products sponsor for AmericaOne, the St. Francis Yacht Club’s challenger for the America’s Cup 2000 in New Zealand.

This agreement will provide HP Heartstream ForeRunner automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to the AmericaOne tender through the finals of the sailboat race for America’s Cup in New Zealand in March 2000.

The ForeRunner AED is one of the newest high-tech lifesaving devices and is used to deliver defibrillation treatment to victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

"Safety is an important concept in sailing, and we are very pleased that HP is making the best medical equipment available to us while we are out competing in the treacherous waters off the coast of New Zealand’s north island," said Paul Cayard, skipper and chief executive office of AmericaOne. "Regardless of how well-conditioned any athlete is, you can never be too safe -- it is imperative to be prepared. HP is helping us make this happen."

According to the American Heart Association, the chance of survival decreases by 10 percent for each minute that passes without defibrillation therapy, the definitive treatment for SCA. Distance, weather and location of the victim can adversely affect emergency medical-service response times. The portable ForeRunner AED enables sports medical personnel to speed lifesaving therapy to SCA victims at sporting events.

Most professional football and basketball teams now have AEDs on the sidelines, according to AED manufacturers, and the devices are becoming more common in professional baseball dugouts, as well as at golf courses. In fact, the ForeRunner AED is owned by such teams the Buffalo Bills, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the San Francisco 49ers.

About the ForeRunner AED

The ForeRunner AED is a breakthrough in defibrillation technology that makes it practical for broad groups of emergency first responders (emergency medical technicians, fire-department personnel, police officers, security guards, flight attendants and other authorized first responders) to deliver time-critical defibrillation therapy to victims of SCA. The ForeRunner is the only FDA-cleared AED with low-energy SMART Biphasic technology. It was designed specifically to make the implementation of early-response programs practical in communities, industrial settings, and other public and private facilities.

About Heartstream

HP’s Heartstream Operation is based in Seattle and develops, manufactures and markets innovative AEDs for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. HP acquired Heartstream, the developer of the ForeRunner AED, in March 1998. Heartstream is now part of HP’s Cardiology Products Division, which also markets the HP CodeMaster line of defibrillators. Information about Heartstream can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.heartstream.com.

About HP’s Healthcare Solutions Group

HP’s Healthcare Solutions Group is a worldwide leader of acute-care patient monitoring, cardiovascular ultrasound imaging and clinical-information systems for critical care; as well as services, support and supplies for the healthcare industry. The group has 5,400 employees and had revenues of more than $1.3 billion in its 1998 fiscal year. Information about HP Healthcare Solutions Group can be found at the company’s Web site.

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For further information on AmericaOne, please contact:
Gina von Esmarch E-mail: gvonesmarch@americaone.org / Phone:415-474-3425/Fax: 415-474-3571

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