255-6892Elliot Sloane – MediaSloane & Company(212) 446-1860. Catherine M. Burzik Named CEO of Kinetic Concepts Inc. (KCI) Formerly President of the Applied Biosystems unit of Applera CorporationSan Antonio, TX — (Business Wire) — October 20, 2006 — Kinetic Concepts Inc. (NYSE:KCI), a global medical technology company with revenues of more than $1 billion and leadership positions in advanced wound care and therapeutic surfaces, today announced that it has appointed Catherine M. Burzik as Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Burzik joins KCI from her position as President of Applied Biosystems (NYSE:ABI), the leading global life sciences tools company. On November 6, 2006, Ms. Burzik will succeed KCI chief executive Denny Ware, who previously announced his intention to retire. Ms. Burzik’s career spans more than three decades and includes senior positions at Eastman Kodak, Johnson & Johnson as well as at Applied Biosystems, a unit of Applera Corporation. At Eastman Kodak, Ms. Burzik’s executive positions included CEO and President of Kodak Health Imaging Systems and General Manager/Vice President of Corporate Marketing. Ms. Burzik served on the Board of Directors at Cordis Corporation, prior to its acquisition by J&J. At J&J, she ran the Critikon medical technology company subsidiary and subsequently was appointed President of J&J’s Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. business. Most recently, as President of Applied Biosystems’ global business, she led the development of a new business strategy and formation of a strong executive management team for this leading $1.9 billion business. These changes have resulted in improved organic revenue growth, strategic acquisitions and sustained strong EPS performance.