SOURCE: Smith & Nephew PLC

December 18, 2006 09:43 ET

Smith & Nephew PLC announces Biomet Talks Terminated

London, UK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 18, 2006 --

Smith & Nephew plc terminates discussions with Biomet

18 December 2006

As announced on 2nd November 2006, Smith & Nephew plc (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN) has
been in discussions with the Board of Biomet Inc. with a view to combining the
two businesses.  Smith & Nephew announces that these discussions have now been



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