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Cardiac Science Extends GE Pact

The partnership covers defibrillators.

Cardiac Science (CSCX) said it extended a defibrillator partnership with General Electric (GE) - Get General Electric Company Report by two years.

The Bothell, Wash., company said the agreement extends the deal to five years from the previous three. Cardiac said the "crash cart" defibrillator-monitor is designed specifically for use by medical professionals to respond to cardiac emergencies in hospital settings. The new defibrillator will be sold exclusively by GE Healthcare to hospitals in the United States and Canada under the Cardiac Science Powerheart brand, and to customers outside North America under the GE Responder brand.

Product shipments are currently being made under a pilot program. The pilot program tests the worldwide logistics of the product launch by shipping finished devices to clinical customers as well as service kits to GE service centers. Full shipments will begin upon the completion of the pilot program.

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