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NWN Corporation Named Top 100 Healthcare Solution Provider by CRN

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Waltham, MA – November 1, 2010 – NWN Corporation announced that it has been named a Top 100
Healthcare Solution Provider by CRN magazine and website. Senior editors at CRN sought to identify
the top 100 solution providers with legitimate stake in the healthcare industry where the healthcare
market accounts for a significant portion of overall revenues.

This year NWN Corporation launched its healthcare-dedicated practice focused on medical-grade
infrastructure including RFID, integration, security and telemedicine. Last month, NWN debuted Phase 1
of its healthcare dedicated website, www.nwnhealthcare.com.

Terry Joslin, Executive Vice President of NWN and executive sponsor of NWN’s healthcare practice,
commented, “As a student of the healthcare market for several years now, it is exciting to see the
positive impact technology solutions and services can have on the everyday person’s experience in a
hospital. It’s even more exciting to be a solution provider during this time and be recognized by CRN as
a top Healthcare Solution Provider.”

About NWN Corporation

Headquartered in Waltham, MA, NWN Corporation provides clients with a complete range of end-to-end
IT services and solutions. The company brings clients the premier products in the industry, tailored to
their specific needs and situations. These include technologies from Cisco, Microsoft, HP, McAfee, EMC
and many others. Clients include private and public sector organizations in almost every line of work
including major banks, universities, manufacturers, hospitals, and state and local government agencies.
NWN solutions include Application Development; Data Center and Virtualization; End User Computing;
IT Staffing; nCare® Managed Services; Network Infrastructure; Security; Smart GovernmentTM; and
Unified Communications and Collaboration.

NWN is a woman-owned business with eleven branches throughout the US. The company serves clients
operating locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to corporate headquarters and a branch in
Waltham, MA, NWN serves clients with branches in Farmington, CT; Mt. Laurel, NJ; Raleigh, NC;
Greensboro, NC; Charlotte, NC; Greenville, SC; Houston, TX; Fresno, CA; Sacramento, CA and Salt
Lake City, UT. More information is available at www.NWNIT.com.

NWN Corporation Named Top 100 Healthcare Solution Provider by CRN
Waltham, MA – November 1, 2010 – NWN Corporation announced that it has been named a Top 100 Healthcare Solution Provider by CRN magazine and website. Senior editors at CRN sought to identify the top 100 solution providers with legitimate stake in the healthcare industry where the healthcare market accounts for a significant portion of overall revenues. »

Curaspan Undergoes Big Expansion as Demand for Patient-Transition Software Grows

Curaspan Health Group set out 11 years ago to pursue founder and CEO Tom Ferry’s idea that there had to be a better way than the long, paper- and people-intensive process traditionally required to transition patients from hospitals to their post-acute care facilities or elsewhere. Now the Newton, MA-based firm is enjoying a period of rapid expansion as demand for its software grows.

Curaspan, which launched its first software product for automating patient discharges at hospitals in 2000, now has 354 hospitals and 2,573 nursing homes and other post-acute care facilities using its Web-based software. And Ferry has ambitious plans for still more growth. Having already doubled Curaspan’s staff to 60 workers this year, he expects that number to reach 120 next year, he says.

The healthcare market is a notoriously tough nut to crack for technology startups, and it’s a big achievement for Curaspan to have cleared many of the technology adoption hurdles that have proven too high for others. To get new products into hospitals, technology firms typically need to provide something of high value that can be integrated with the existing IT systems without too much hassle. Curaspan’s Web-based software appears to fill both those requirements; it’s delivered to users over the Internet, so hospitals don’t have to worry about installing it on their own servers and maintaining the software along with a hospital’s existing clinical applications.

“It’s clear that healthcare is not a rapidly adopting industry; adoption moves at a glacial pace, unfortunately,” Ferry says. “But for us it’s an advantage because we’ve now reached critical mass and are starting to see exponential growth.”

When it comes time for a patient to leave the hospital, there’s typically a series of paper forms that need to be filled out before he or she leaves the building. Ferry said the paper-based discharge process can take anywhere from half a day to a full day because of the time needed to fill out all the various forms and to coordinate the patient’s next move to his or her home or to a care facility such as a nursing home or rehab center. Curaspan’s eDischarge software nixes the need for many of the paper forms and can reduce the time required to discharge a patient from the hospital to less than an hour, Ferry says.

Curaspan has an additional application to manage the transportation of patients to and from various care facilities. Another app helps post-acute care centers manage patient referrals. The common theme among all the company’s apps is automating and relieving bottlenecks in patient transitions. To hear Ferry tell it, his firm’s software saves hospitals money by reducing the duration of a patient’s stay, allowing more time for staff to provide care, and limiting hospital readmissions. (A Boston Globe article on June 21 about hospital readmissions pointed to lack of coordination among various healthcare providers as a leading cause of the problem.)

Ferry got the original idea behind his firm’s technology after his family found it difficult to manage the transition of his wife’s grandmother, Edna May Dodd, from a hospital to an appropriate nursing home after she had suffered a broken hip. For instance, his family had a hard time finding a nursing home that was well suited to the grandmother’s specific needs. Now, his company’s software features algorithms that steer patients to the best nursing home or other care facility, based on their geographic preferences and level of care needed, among other variables.

Initially, Ferry envisioned a “Travelocity for healthcare” to make it easy to plot a patient’s travels among places where he or she receives care, he says. In his research, the Harvard Business School graduate learned that the greatest area of need was for a patient discharge application. The company he formed to tackle this problem first released such a program 10 years ago. And he’s managed to build the company primarily with investments from family members, friends, and angels.

Ten years later, Ferry says, about 10 percent to 15 percent of U.S. hospitals are using some form of patient discharge software. This low percentage means Curaspan has the opportunity to sell its software to thousands of hospitals. And though the CEO says that there is no other software vendor whose products provide the same features as his firm’s, it appears that Curaspan might bump into others that address certain parts of patient transitions such as Alpharetta, GA-based Patient Placement Systems.

In a way, Curaspan’s greatest competition might come from the major hospital IT system providers. Ferry says such companies (he didn’t name names) will sometimes tell their hospital customers that they can use applications in their existing systems or add something such as a fax server to improve patient discharges and transfers, he said. Yet those fixes to the discharge and patient transfer processes fall short of the results that Curaspan’s applications provide, he says.

Curaspan has been around long enough to see how its software stacks up against what Ferry called “stop gaps” offered by competitors. “Eventually we’re going to be able to go in and say that we’ve reduced your readmissions by 2 to 3 percent, which may have saved you $3 million to $5 million. Were you able to achieve those same results with your [existing technology]? I don’t think so.”

Ryan McBride is Xconomy’s correspondent. You can reach him at rmcbride@xconomy.com, or follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Ryan_McBride.

Curaspan Undergoes Big Expansion as Demand for Patient-Transition Software Grows
Curaspan Health Group set out 11 years ago to pursue founder and CEO Tom Ferry’s idea that there had to be a better way than the long, paper- and people-intensive process traditionally required to transition patients from hospitals to their post-acute care facilities or elsewhere. Now the Newton, MA-based firm is enjoying a period of […] »

inForm™ Version 1.2 Released

Software is now compatible with Windows® 7 32- and 64-bit systems. Major interface and performance improvements made, and new features introduced.

Woburn, Massachusetts – October 20, 2010 – Cambridge Research & Instrumentation, Inc. (CRi) today announced the release of version 1.2 of the popular and powerful inForm™ advanced image analysis software.

inForm detects and quantifies tissue structures and protein markers within individual cells, in tissue sections stained with conventional histochemical and immunohistochemical methods. Through this technology, in combination with CRi’s multispectral imaging systems, cancer researchers and biologists can identify and evaluate multiple markers within a single sample. With conventional analytical approaches, overlapping multiple markers blend together into indistinguishable masses of color. inForm allows researchers to have an unparalleled understanding of complex expressions and interactions within a single tissue sample.

This new version features:

– Windows® 7 32- and 64-bit compatibility

– Training on more and larger images

– New Double-Positivity scoring option

– Membrane-segmentation option for the cell-segmentation step

– Object-counting algorithm

– Vectra™-specific tissue-finding algorithms and high-power field selection

inForm’s user-friendly interface and short training time allows researchers to develop reliable algorithms in a matter of minutes, compared to hours or days with other technologies. inForm can also be easily installed on a researcher’s laptop, foregoing the need for expensive blade servers, required by competing technologies.

About CRi, Inc.

Cambridge Research & Instrumentation (CRi) develops and markets optical imaging systems to advance biomedical research and molecular-based drug and diagnostic development. CRi’s patented systems enable researchers and clinicians to quantitate multiple disease and drug response markers in intact tissue samples, at a cellular level or in living small animals. CRi’s products integrate a unique multispectral imaging technology with proprietary image analysis algorithms to achieve unparalleled accuracy and sensitivity, rapidly and cost-effectively. CRi’s award-winning systems include Nuance™ for multispectral imaging on brightfield and fluorescence microscopes; inForm™ automated image analysis software; Vectra™ for high-throughput slide imaging and analysis; and Maestro™ for in-vivo optical imaging. Learn more at www.cri-inc.com.

For more information, contact:

Cambridge Research & Instrumentation, Inc. (CRi)

Cathy Boutin

Marketing Manager

Email: cboutin@cri-inc.com

inForm™ Version 1.2 Released
Woburn, Massachusetts - October 20, 2010 - Cambridge Research & Instrumentation, Inc. (CRi) today announced the release of version 1.2 of the popular and powerful inForm™ advanced image analysis software. »

Blue Fang Games Brings Hit iPhone Game to iPad

“Lion Pride HUGE” Challenges Player to Stalk Their Territory and Ambush Prey

WALTHAM, MA, November 1, 2010 – Blue Fang GamesTM, the leading independent social and mobile game developer today announced the launch of its first iPad game titled “Lion Pride HUGE“.

“Lion Pride HUGE” is an addictive, fast-paced game in which the player controls lions as they stalk their territory and ambush prey. Using simple finger gestures, the player positions their lions, slowly stalks their prey and runs in for the attack. Players can coordinate multiple lions to trap animals or take down larger game. It’s a race against the clock – if the player doesn’t provide enough food for their cubs, they will go hungry and it’s ‘game over’!

“Lion Pride” for iPhone was a Top 10 paid Strategy game in over 30 countries, received a 4.5 out of 5 rating from Macworld and was awarded “AppAddict’s Best of 2009: Path Drawing Game”. Lion Pride HUGE preserves the popular gameplay of the original and offers players an improved experience with new multi-touch controls and enhanced visuals that take full advantage of the iPad’s larger screen size and superior resolution.

“We are very excited to bring Lion Pride HUGE to the iPad,” said Eduardo Baraf, Studio Director of Blue Fang Games. “The iPad’s large multi-touch play surface transforms the experience and makes this great game even better.”

Lion Pride is available now from Apple’s App Store (http://www.itunes.com/apps/LionPridehuge) for $4.99.

For the media, screenshots are available for download at: http://www.bluefang.com/contact/press.

About Blue Fang Games

Blue Fang Games is an independent game developer strategically positioned to drive high-quality content in the social gaming space. We are focused on applying proven game design and development principles to the new social, online and mobile game platforms. Our team is comprised of a singular combination of game industry veterans and online/social gaming talent that is committed to delivering original, dynamic experiences that stand out from all the “me-too” games. We are currently developing two classic gaming properties for Facebook and an original property for iOS. Our first iPhone game, Lion Pride, was a Top 10 paid Strategy game in over 30 countries and was awarded “AppAddict’s Best of 2009: Path Drawing Game”. Our first Facebook game, Zoo Kingdom, was nominated for The Best Online Game Design Award by Game Developers Choice Online Awards and is free-to-play at http://apps.facebook.com/zookingdom.

Founded in 1998, Blue Fang Games is located in Waltham, MA.

Blue Fang Games Brings Hit iPhone Game to iPad
WALTHAM, MA, November 1, 2010 – Blue Fang GamesTM, the leading independent social and mobile game developer today announced the launch of its first iPad game titled “Lion Pride HUGE“. »

International Oil & Gas Company Petrofac Awards Multimillion Dollar Contract to AspenTech

Deployment of aspenONE Engineering Software Across Global Operations Will Shorten Development Time and Increase Engineering Efficiency

BURLINGTON, Mass. November 1, 2010 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced it has signed a multimillion dollar contract with international oil & gas facilities service provider Petrofac. The deal will result in aspenONE® Engineering being deployed across Petrofac’s global operations.

Supporting Quotes:

Mohan Narasimhan, Global Chief Information Officer, Petrofac“Expanding and standardizing on aspenONE Engineering solutions will allow us to enhance the efficiency of our engineering teams and integrate more closely with our customers. The flexibility of the licensing model also allows us to use the software in multiple parts of our organization as market requirements change. ”

Antonio Pietri, Senior Vice President, Field Operations
“As demand for energy in emerging markets continues to grow, leading engineering and construction companies such as Petrofac require tools that can help optimize the design and operations of facilities. By standardizing on aspenONE, Petrofac will be able to extend engineering best practices globally while delivering enhanced value to their end customers.”

Supporting Resources

Links to more information:

About AspenTech

AspenTech is a leading supplier of software that optimizes process manufacturing – for energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, engineering and construction, 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.

Contacts:

Aspen Technology, Inc.

David Grip

AspenTech

+1 781-221-5273

david.grip@aspentech.com

AspenTech Ltd.

Hayley Goff

Whiteoaks (for AspenTech)

+44 (0) 1252 727 313 ext 244

hayleyg@whiteoaks.co.uk

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International Oil & Gas Company Petrofac Awards Multimillion Dollar Contract to AspenTech
BURLINGTON, Mass. November 1, 2010 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced it has signed a multimillion dollar contract with international oil & gas facilities service provider Petrofac. »

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