Angiotech appoints Santi Corsaro Vice President, Sales and Marketing OUS

    VANCOUVER, March 22 /CNW/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:  
ANPI, TSX: ANP), a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company,
today announced the appointment of Santi Corsaro as Vice President, Sales and
Marketing OUS.
    With his considerable experience in the health care industry, including
direct experience in wound closure, medical device and drug-eluting stent
markets, Dr. Corsaro brings to Angiotech his extensive sales and marketing
expertise gained from his senior roles at multinational corporations in
    "We are pleased to announce this important hire for Angiotech, which sets
the groundwork for growth of our key products in Europe, including the VaxSys
Synergy(R) and Quill(R) SRS product lines. We believe that our ability to
attract this calibre of talent is further evidence of the validity of our
long-term business and commercialization strategy," said Dr. William Hunter,
President and CEO of Angiotech.
    As Vice President, Sales and Marketing OUS, Dr. Corsaro will oversee
Angiotech's European commercial operations. It is anticipated that he will
lend his experience to initiate a profitable growth strategy on a
country-by-country basis, build local sales organizations and marketing teams,
and establish direct sales subsidiaries in key European countries.
    Prior to joining Angiotech, Dr. Corsaro spent over 20 years working for
the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Group in Europe. Most recently, Dr. Corsaro was
President and Managing Director of J&J Medical Holding SpA Italy, where he was
responsible for merging four different J&J organizations under a single legal
entity. Prior to this, Dr. Corsaro was the European President of Cordis, a
subsidiary of J&J, where he managed 300 employees and was responsible for
reorganizing the European Cordis structure and increasing drug-eluting stent
adoption rates. Dr. Corsaro was also Worldwide President for J&J's A.S.P.
(Advanced Sterilization Products) Company. At J&J's Ethicon Division, Dr.
Corsaro held a series of increasingly senior positions culminating with his
role as European President, Ethicon Endo Surgery based in Hamburg, Germany,
where he managed 570 employees with direct reporting countries of the UK,
Germany, France, Italy and provided marketing support to all other European

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ability to successfully manufacture, market and sell our products; the
continued availability of capital to finance our activities; our ability to
continue to integrate into our business the operations of American Medical
Instruments Holdings, Inc. and our ability to achieve the operational and
other synergies and the other commercial or financial benefits expected as a
result of that acquisition; and any other factors referenced in our annual
information form and other filings with the applicable Canadian securities
regulatory authorities or the SEC.
    Given these uncertainties, assumptions and risk factors, readers are
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result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in
this prospectus to reflect future results, events or developments.

    Angiotech(R) and VaxSys Synergy(TM) are trademarks of Angiotech
    Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Quill(R) is a registered trademark of Quill Medical, Inc., a wholly-owned
    subsidiary of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    (C) 2007 Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All rights reserved.

    About Angiotech
    Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and
medical device company with 17 facilities in 6 countries and over 1,500
dedicated employees. Angiotech discovers, develops and markets innovative
treatment solutions for diseases or complications associated with medical
device implants, surgical interventions and acute injury. To find out more
about Angiotech (NASDAQ:   ANPI, TSX: ANP), please visit our website at

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For further information: Janet Craig, VP, Investor Relations and
Corporate Communications, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (604) 221-6933,; Jodi Regts, Manager, Investor Relations and Corporate
Communications, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (604) 221-7930,

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