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Kroger Names Sea Star Seafood, Seafood Supplier of the Year

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., June 23 /PRNewswire/ – Kroger, one of the premier grocery organizations in the country, awarded Sea Star Seafood Corporation its coveted Seafood Supplier of the Year award. What makes this award very special is that it was presented to Sea Star on May 19, 2008 in Kroger’s 125th year in business and Sea Star’s 25th year.

Over the last century and a quarter, Kroger has become an American institution, with their own award winning business model. Kroger spans its store coverage from coast to coast with the acquisitions of many regional chains such as Ralph’s, Fred Meyer’s, QFC, Smith’s Dillon, Fry’s, King’s Sooper and Food 4 Less. For the last quarter century Sea Star has been supplying case-ready frozen fish to Kroger, a market leader in the frozen and refrigerated foods.

Recognizing a shared passion for quality products, Kroger and Sea Star have teamed up to provide the consumer with the best possible frozen seafood on the market today.

“The case-ready solution that we supply to Kroger includes many people in our organization who spend each business day working to exceed Kroger’s expectations. We’re proud of the tens of millions of packages sold through their distribution — Our facility and world-wide resource network is pleased to be part of the Kroger Corporate Brands team,” stated James R. Faro, President of Sea Star Seafood Corporation.

For more information on Sea Star Seafood Corporation contact John Randazzo, VP at 508-429-6860.

About Sea Star Seafood Corporation – For over twenty five years, Sea Star Seafood Corporation has provided frozen seafood products and solutions to grocery retailers and food service companies. The company offers more than 20 different species including cod, tilapia, flounder, and salmon, both as a natural product and value-added breaded offerings. Sea Star Seafood markets its product under its own Beacon Light® brand, as well as providing customized private label programs. Sea Star Seafood operates a state-of-the-art, 40,000 square-foot facility in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Kroger Names Sea Star Seafood, Seafood Supplier of the Year
MARLBOROUGH, Mass., June 23 /PRNewswire/ - Kroger, one of the premier grocery organizations in the country, awarded Sea Star Seafood Corporation its coveted Seafood Supplier of the Year award. What makes this award very special is that it was presented to Sea Star on May 19, 2008 in Kroger's 125th year in business and Sea Star's 25th year. »

June 2009 Newsletter

MASS. CAPITAL ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW WEBSITE

Boston, Mass. – June 2009 – Massachusetts Capital Resource Company is pleased to announce the launch of its new, updated website, www.masscapital.com.  The website was designed in collaboration with our portfolio company One to One Interactive.  We hope you will browse our site for an update on our financing activities and on portfolio company news.  The companies featured are excellent examples drawn from among the 300 companies that have benefited from the $580 million in long term capital we have invested during our thirty-two year history.  While we are very proud of our history, we are more excited about our future, as we continue to provide Massachusetts businesses with higher risk growth and acquisition capital.  If you have an investment opportunity that you would like us to consider, please contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you.

ABOUT MASS. CAPITAL.

Massachusetts Capital Resource Company, a private investment company located in Boston, is a source of mezzanine financing for emerging growth and middle market companies.  The company was formed in 1977 by the Massachusetts-based life insurance industry to provide risk capital and long term debt to small and medium sized businesses based in Massachusetts.  For more information, please visit our website (www.masscapital.com) or contact us at 617-536-3900.

June 2009 Newsletter
Massachusetts Capital Resource Company is pleased to announce the launch of its new, updated website, www.masscapital.com. The website was designed in collaboration with our portfolio company One to One Interactive. We hope you will browse our site for an update on our financing activities and on portfolio company news. »

Oosight™ Proves Crucial in IVF Breakthrough

CRi OosightTM instrument crucial in IVF breakthrough demonstrating a correlation between non-invasive egg metrics and pregnancy

Woburn, Massachusetts – June 16, 2009

Cambridge Research & Instrumentation, Inc. (CRi) announced today that OosightTM, a non-invasive optical imaging system manufactured by CRi and widely used by embryologists as an aid in the field of in vitro fertilization (IVF), has been used in a groundbreaking study that investigated ways to select eggs most likely to produce a pregnancy.

Dr. Suha Kilani, senior scientist at IVF Australia in Sydney, led a group which included researchers from the School of Women’s & Children’s Health at the University of New South Wales. The group determined that while absolute predictive criteria for the selection of the best embryo for single embryo transfer remain elusive, CRi’s Oosight instrument provides a useful, non-invasive means to accurately measure characteristics of the egg to help in identifying the most viable embryo even before fertilization occurs. The results are the first to show a direct link between egg spindle characteristics and pregnancy.

“Extrapolation of these results would suggest that when a normal spindle is found, the chances of a pregnancy, if a high quality cleavage stage embryo follows, is greater than 65%,” commented Dr. Kilani.

“We congratulate Dr. Kilani and her collaborators on the quality of their work. It is a significant step forward in improving methods of non-invasive grading criteria. This study adds to our knowledge of contributing factors to fertility and also validates the importance of good quantitative data as produced with the Oosight system. Such data are imperative if we are to make single embryo transfer a reality, thereby greatly reducing the risks associated with multiple births,” said Cathy Boutin, Product Manager at CRi.

CRi’s Oosight systems based upon the company’s original LC-PolScope technology can be seen at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Amsterdam June 28 to July 2 in the Research Instrument’s booth (number 95).

Oosight systems produce non-invasive, high-contrast images of the meiotic spindle and zona pellucida without the need for potentially harmful dyes or stains. In addition, these images contain quantitative data that indicate the relative order of structures within the spindle and zona. In this study, spindle density was significantly higher in those oocytes resulting in pregnancy.

The work by Dr. Kilani’s group, “Are there non-invasive markers in human oocytes that can predict pregnancy outcome?” was published in March by Reproductive BioMedicine Online.

Cambridge Research & Instrumentation, Inc (CRi) is a biomedical imaging company providing innovative optical imaging solutions for over 20 years. CRi’s multidisciplinary team is dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions and support enabling our customers to produce breakthroughs in research and medical care. With a focus on addressing customer needs coupled to a commitment to advancing the field of personalized medicine, CRi helps scientists and clinicians extract new disease-specific information from biological samples in the physiological, morphological, and biochemical context of intact tissues and organisms. CRi’s award-winning innovations are being recognized for their novel and groundbreaking capabilities in academic research to pharmaceutical drug development to clinical medicine, including a 2009 Top 10 Medical Innovations of the Year award from Cleveland Clinic and a 2009 Frost and Sullivan Product Line Strategy award. Learn more at www.cri-inc.com.

For more information visit our website at www.cri-inc.com or contact:

Cathy Boutin

CRi Product Manager

35-B Cabot Road, Woburn, MA 01801 USA

Tel: +1-781-935-9099, extension 180, E-mail: cboutin@cri-inc.com

Oosight™ Proves Crucial in IVF Breakthrough
Cambridge Research & Instrumentation, Inc. (CRi) announced today that OosightTM, a non-invasive optical imaging system manufactured by CRi and widely used by embryologists as an aid in the field of in vitro fertilization (IVF), has been used in a groundbreaking study that investigated ways to select eggs most likely to produce a pregnancy. »

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