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CryoLife Amends Tender Offer Related To Its Proposed Acquisition Of Cardiogenesis Corporation

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For more information on Cardiogenesis and its products, please visit its website at www.cardiogenesis.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release that look forward in time or that express CryoLife's management's beliefs, expectations or hopes are forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking statements reflect the views of management at the time such statements are made and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, estimates, and assumptions that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.  These risks and uncertainties related to the transaction with Cardiogenesis include that the tender offer and merger may not be completed within our anticipated time frame, if at all, and a sufficient number of Cardiogenesis shareholders may not choose to tender their stock in the offer and/or vote for the proposed merger.  Two purported class action lawsuits have been filed by Cardiogenesis shareholders challenging the merger.  Also, competing offers may be made for Cardiogenesis, various closing conditions for the transaction may not be satisfied or waived, including that a governmental entity may prohibit or delay the transaction, and the effects of disruption from the transaction may make it more difficult to maintain relationships with employees, customers, business partners or governmental entities.  Furthermore, CryoLife's ability to fully realize the anticipated benefits of the transaction with Cardiogenesis may be materially adversely impacted if the integration of Cardiogenesis' business with CryoLife is slower than expected or unsuccessful, or if the transaction and subsequent efforts to integrate Cardiogenesis' business with CryoLife distracts CryoLife's management team from the other facets of CryoLife's business.  Forward-looking statements in this press release should be evaluated together with the risk factors detailed in CryoLife's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including its Form 10-K filing for the year ended December 31, 2010, and CryoLife's other SEC filings.  CryoLife does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.

Notice to Investors

The tender offer for the outstanding common stock of Cardiogenesis Corporation referred to in this press release commenced on April 5, 2011.  This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities.  The solicitation and the offer to buy shares of Cardiogenesis Corporation's common stock has been made pursuant to an offer to purchase and related materials that CryoLife, Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 5, 2011.  Also on April 5, 2011, CryoLife, Inc. filed a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and on the same date, Cardiogenesis Corporation filed a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the offer.  The tender offer statement (including an offer to purchase, a related letter of transmittal and other offer documents) and the solicitation/recommendation statement contain important information that should be read carefully and considered before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer.  These materials, as filed on April 5, 2011, have been sent free of charge to all shareholders of Cardiogenesis Corporation.  In addition, all of these materials (and all other materials filed by CryoLife, Inc. or Cardiogenesis Corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including amendments to these materials) are available at no charge from the Securities and Exchange Commission through its website at www.sec.gov.  Free copies of the offer to purchase, the related letter of transmittal and certain other offering documents are available by CryoLife, Inc. by Suzanne K. Gabbert at 1655 Roberts Blvd., NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144, telephone number 770-419-3355.  Investors and security holders may also obtain free copies of the documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Cardiogenesis by contacting Cardiogenesis Corporation Investor Relations at 11 Musick, Irvine, CA, 92618, telephone number (949) 420-1827, or IR@Cardiogenesis.com.

Additional Information about the Merger and Where to Find It

In connection with the potential merger, Cardiogenesis Corporation has filed a preliminary proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Additionally, Cardiogenesis Corporation will file other relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the proposed acquisition of Cardiogenesis Corporation by CryoLife, Inc. pursuant to the terms of an Amended and Restated Agreement and Plan of Merger by and among Cardiogenesis Corporation, CryoLife, Inc., and CL Falcon, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of CryoLife, Inc.  The materials filed by Cardiogenesis Corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission may be obtained free of charge at the Securities and Exchange Commission's web site at www.sec.gov.  Investors and shareholders also may obtain free copies of the proxy statement from Cardiogenesis Corporation by contacting Cardiogenesis Corporation Investor Relations at 11 Musick, Irvine, CA, 92618, telephone number (949) 420-1827 or IR@Cardiogenesis.com.  Investors and security holders of Cardiogenesis Corporation are urged to read the definitive proxy statement and the other relevant materials when they become available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed merger because they will contain important information about the merger and the parties to the merger.

Cardiogenesis Corporation and its respective directors, executive officers and other members of their management and employees, under the Securities and Exchange Commission rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies of Cardiogenesis Corporation shareholders in connection with the proposed merger.  Investors and security holders may obtain more detailed information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of certain of Cardiogenesis' executive officers and directors in the solicitation by reading Cardiogenesis Corporation's proxy statement for its 2010 annual meeting of shareholders, the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, and the proxy statement and other relevant materials which may be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the merger when and if they become available.  Information concerning the interests of Cardiogenesis Corporation's participants in the solicitation, which may, in some cases, be different from those of Cardiogenesis Corporation's shareholders generally, is set forth in the preliminary proxy statement relating to the merger.  Additional information regarding Cardiogenesis Corporation's directors and executive officers is also included in Cardiogenesis Corporation's proxy statement for its 2010 annual meeting of shareholders.

CryoLife Media Contacts: D. Ashley Lee Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer Phone: 770-419-3355

Chris Mittendorf Edelman Phone: 212-704-8134

Cardiogenesis Media Contact: Paul J. McCormick Executive Chairman Phone: 949-420-1827

SOURCE CryoLife, Inc.

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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