Nominees Announced for 2011-2012 Pioneers in Performance Awards for the United States; Online Voting Opens at www.PioneersInPerformance.com

16 November 2011 (Flagstaff Arizona and New York)

Awards Program Sponsored by W. L. Gore & Associates Honors Medical Specialists Advancing Therapy and Improving Patient and Clinical Performance Through Active Collaboration

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) today announced the nominees and opening of voting for the 2011-2012 Pioneers in Performance Awards for the United States. Today’s announcement came at the VEITH Symposium 2011 Conference in New York. Each year, a distinguished group of physicians are honored with the Pioneers in Performance Awards sponsored by Gore. This year’s nominees can be viewed by visiting http://pioneersinperformance.com/us/. These physicians have been nominated by their peers for their unrelenting dedication to advancing vascular and endovascular therapy and minimally invasive treatment options for patients worldwide, including aortic and lower-limb bypass and dialysis access surgery.

The academy of past recipients of the Pioneers in Performance selected the nominees; the 2011-2012 honorees will be chosen by ballot. Voting is now open to the medical community and is available via the online site and at Gore pavilions at major clinical conferences throughout the year. Voting closes in October 2012 and ballots are kept confidential. Final winners will be honored in a special reception in November at the VEITH Symposium 2012 Conference.

The academy of past recipients selected nominees across four major categories that reflect a strong and ongoing commitment to improving clinical and patient performance through collaboration. Nominees have demonstrated collaboration as it relates to improving patient and clinical performance: a commitment to ongoing learning, dedication to sharing knowledge with peers and patients, dedication to creating consensus within the medical community, and a dedication to analysis of outcomes.

“We congratulate this year’s nominees for driving medical innovation and improving clinical and patient outcomes,” said David Abeyta, Gore Medical Products Division Business Leader. “We continue to underwrite the Pioneers in Performance Awards year after year because of the shared commitment to excellence and the inspiring work of these great physicians. We look forward to finding out who the vascular community will honor for 2011-2012.”

ABOUT W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES

The Gore Medical Products Division has provided creative therapeutic solutions to complex medical problems for more than 35 years. During that time, more than 30 million innovative Gore Medical Devices have been implanted, saving and improving the quality of lives worldwide. The extensive Gore Medical family of products includes vascular grafts, endovascular and interventional devices, surgical meshes for hernia repair, soft tissue reconstruction, staple line reinforcement and sutures for use in vascular, cardiac and general surgery. Gore was recently named one of the best companies to work for by Fortune magazine for the 14th consecutive year.

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