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Announcing Beacon Light Steam Series

Satisfy your flavor-seeking, healthy-eating, on-the-go customers in just 5 minutes!

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. April 24, 2009 – Sea Star Seafood Corp. proudly introduces Beacon Light Steam Series, a line of microwavable seafood products consisting of three varieties:

12oz Lemon Dill Atlantic Salmon

12oz Garlic Herb Mahi Mahi

12oz Tomato, Garlic, Basil Tilapia

Our Steam Series utilizes microwavable pouch technology that steams the product in less than five minutes.  The 12 oz. package contains two 6oz microwavable pouches or two servings per package.  Steam technology has proven itself popular in the frozen vegetable category and is now making its way into multiple food categories.

steamers

What makes our Steam Series unique is our blends of natural fish along with dry all natural seasoning that cooks when steamed in the microwave, creating a moist, tender, and healthy serving.   This “salt free” natural seasoning distinguishes our Steam Series products from our competition that use sauces and marinades, by providing our customer with a full 12 oz portion of fish.  Our value is in our fish!

Our Steam Series microwave technology makes cooking fish “easy, clean, and odor free”, overcoming consumers typical hesitancies to purchasing seafood.  We have made frozen seafood as easy for the consumer to prepare as microwave popcorn and this in itself should increase your seafood sales.

The initial reaction to our Steam Series has been overwhelming.  Sea Star Seafood Corp. will begin shipping the first three offerings May 15th and follow up in the coming weeks with “Frozen at Sea” Cod and Haddock.  The company has supported the rollout with heavy promotional activities to include a six month advertising campaign in Seafood Business Journal beginning in the April issue.

Announcing Beacon Light Steam Series
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. April 24, 2009 - Sea Star Seafood Corp. proudly introduces Beacon Light Steam Series, a line of microwavable seafood products consisting of three varieties: 12oz Lemon Dill Atlantic Salmon, 12oz Garlic Herb Mahi Mahi, and 12oz Tomato, Garlic, Basil Tilapia. »

Fever pitch: Thermometer maker eyes expansion

BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL. Friday, April 10, 2009 – by Julie M. Donnelly

Watertown-based thermometer-maker Exergen finds itself in the enviable position of growing in a down economy. The company will begin selling its consumer product, the TemporalScanner, at Target on May 1 and plans to add 10 percent to its workforce over the next year. Exergen’s thermometer is already on sale at such chains as Wal-Mart and Babies R Us, as well as wholesale clubs Sam’s Club and Costco.

“All we have left to go after are Rite-Aid and CVS,” said Exergen CEO Frank Pompei.

Pompei developed the technology for the TemporalScanner while he was working as a researcher at Harvard University and launched the company in 1980. Exergen is private and never received venture capital, bootstrapping it all the way with donations from family and friends, and loans from banks.

“There is a price to accepting venture money,” Pompei said. “They own part of the company. I decided early on I wanted it to be private.”

While the company will not reveal revenue, Pompei said Exergen sold 500,000 consumer units in 2008. The units retailed at $50 each. Pompei said the company sold 25 percent more consumer models in 2008 than in 2007.

Exergen executives said the professional side of the business – selling a similar device to hospitals and doctor’s offices – was down slightly in 2008. Exergen said the third part of its business, selling industrial thermometers to test the temperature of sensitive machinery, or even eggs in a chicken coop, is the one part of the business that has been hit by the economy as businesses defer buying new equipment.

The TemporalScanner’s retail price of $50 is much pricier than the digital under-the-tongue model most people have at home. Those retail for under $10. But unlike the under-the-tongue type, the TemporalScanner is noninvasive. It only needs to be slid across the forehead. The scan picks up the temperature from the temporal artery, which is very close to the skin and gives an accurate reading.

Until now, the most accurate temperature measure for children, and certainly the most dreaded, has been the rectal thermometer. Linda Ciampa, a nurse at Milford Regional Medical Center referred to the Boston Business Journal by the company, said studies have shown the Temporal Scan is quicker and just as accurate. She uses the scan to monitor a new mother’s temperatures right after childbirth.

“One great thing about the scan is that the patient can actually be asleep when you do it, you don’t need to wake up a baby or a new mother,” she said.

Exergen has 100 employees and plans to add another 10 by the end of the year. Three employees have been with the company from the start, and the average tenure is 12 years. The company manufacturers the thermometers right in its Watertown plant and is the only U.S. company to manufacture consumer thermometers domestically.

Where it can, Exergen uses Massachusetts-based companies as vendors. North Attleborough-based Adams Graphics, for instance, makes the packaging and labeling for the TemporalScanner. Vice President of Sales Mike Ruo said he has seen revenue from Exergen, one of the company’s five biggest customers, rise by over 25 percent. He said revenue overall for the business is up 10 percent so far this year, at a time when many graphics and printing companies are struggling.

Fever pitch: Thermometer maker eyes expansion
BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL. Friday, April 10, 2009 - by Julie M. Donnelly Watertown-based thermometer-maker Exergen finds itself in the enviable position of growing in a down economy. The company will begin selling its consumer product, the TemporalScanner, at Target on May 1 and plans to add 10 percent to its workforce over the next year. Exergen's thermometer is already on sale at such chains as Wal-Mart and Babies R Us, as well as wholesale clubs Sam's Club and Costco. »

AspenTech Delivers Batch Process Development Innovations for Pharmaceutical and Specialty Chemical Industries

New Release of aspenONE® Software Accelerates Process Development and Reduces Manufacturing Costs

BURLINGTON, Mass. April 7, 2009 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today introduced batch process development innovations for the pharmaceutical and specialty chemical industries. The innovations in the new 7.1 release of aspenONE software will help chemists and engineers to accelerate batch process development and reduce manufacturing costs.

Supporting Quotes:

Dr. Ugo Cocchini, Principal Process Engineer-Team Leader, GlaxoSmithKline

“aspenONE V7 offers us at GSK a step-change in our modeling and design methods. In particular, the introduction of Aspen Reaction Modeler and the NRTL-SAC thermo method for modeling separation processes will make a significant difference for our way to approach process design.”

Peter Crafts, Principal Process Engineer, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

“Solubility prediction is of strategic importance to AstraZeneca Process R&D. Our industry is increasingly challenged to deliver efficient and environmentally acceptable processes. Taking just a few physical property measurements and extrapolating them to predict temperature and composition effects on solubility is very desirable. The solubility modeling capability with NRTL-SAC in aspenONE V7 is one of the tools we use in our crystallisation process design workflow. aspenONE helps leverage solubility data to optimise solvent choice and processing conditions. We look forward to future developments from AspenTech that will further increase the areas of application.”

Jamie Hintlian, Vice President & General Manager, Pharmaceuticals, AspenTech

“One of the biggest challenges facing Pharmaceutical and Specialty Chemical companies is being able to deliver and share information from a lab environment into a pilot plant and ultimately full scale manufacturing in an efficient and error-free manner. With aspenONE V7, we are significantly streamlining the Process Development workflow. This is yet another key component in the execution of our strategy to extend our process industry innovation to Pharmaceuticals and other batch industries.”

Additional Benefits

Additional benefits to pharmaceutical and specialty chemical companies offered by the 7.1 release of aspenONE include:

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About AspenTech

AspenTech is a leading supplier of software that optimizes process manufacturing – including oil and gas, petroleum, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other industries that manufacture and produce products from a chemical process. With integrated aspenONE solutions, process manufacturers can implement best practices for optimizing their engineering, manufacturing and supply chain operations. As a result, AspenTech customers are better able to increase capacity, improve margins, reduce costs and become more energy efficient. To see how the world’s leading process manufacturers rely on AspenTech to achieve their operational excellence goals, visit www.aspentech.com.

AspenTech Delivers Batch Process Development Innovations for Pharmaceutical and Specialty Chemical Industries
Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today introduced batch process development innovations for the pharmaceutical and specialty chemical industries. The innovations in the new 7.1 release of aspenONE software will help chemists and engineers to accelerate batch process development and reduce manufacturing costs. »

AspenTech 2009 User Conference to Highlight How Customers Use Process Optimization to “Navigate Uncertainty”

BP, Dow Chemical, Fluor, Evonik Degussa and Other Leading Process Industry Customers to Share Best Practice Experiences

Anadarko Chairman, President and CEO James Hackett to Deliver Opening Keynote

BURLINGTON, Mass. April 1, 2009 Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced the 2009 AspenTech User Conference will be held May 4-7 in Houston. The theme of the conference “Navigating Uncertainty” – highlights how AspenTech customers are using aspenONE to increase efficiency, reduce manufacturing costs and improve agility in the face of today’s volatile global economy.

Supporting Quote:

Blair Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Marketing, AspenTech

“Navigating these uncertain times profitably is a significant challenge for process manufacturers and puts even greater emphasis on the importance of achieving “best practice” operations. The 2009 AspenTech user group meeting is filled with case studies and examples of how the best companies are using advanced software tools to optimize their manufacturing operations in response to challenging and volatile market conditions.”

Supporting Resources:

To learn more:

About AspenTech

AspenTech is a leading supplier of software that optimizes process manufacturing – including oil and gas, petroleum, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other industries that manufacture and produce products from a chemical process. With integrated aspenONE solutions, process manufacturers can implement best practices for optimizing their engineering, manufacturing and supply chain operations. As a result, AspenTech customers are better able to increase capacity, improve margins, reduce costs and become more energy efficient. To see how the world’s leading process manufacturers rely on AspenTech to achieve their operational excellence goals, visit www.aspentech.com.

AspenTech 2009 User Conference to Highlight How Customers Use Process Optimization to “Navigate Uncertainty”
Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced the 2009 AspenTech User Conference will be held May 4-7 in Houston. The theme of the conference "Navigating Uncertainty" - highlights how AspenTech customers are using aspenONE to increase efficiency, reduce manufacturing costs and improve agility in the face of today's volatile global economy. »

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