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February 15, 2001
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Acurian Names Johns Hopkins Consumer Health Content Partner

Leading Health Care Institution To Provide Custom Editorial Services To Clinical Trial Site

 Acurian, a company focused on helping new drug therapies more quickly reach patients, today announced a consumer health content licensing agreement with the Johns Hopkins University and Health System. Under the undisclosed terms of the two-year agreement, Hopkins will provide the Pennsylvania-based company branded editorial services to create customized information.

"Advances in biotechnology, genomics and other technologies hold enormous promise for treating conditions that, to date, have resisted existing therapies," said Leslie Michelson, Acurians CEO. "Acurian is focused on streamlining patient access to news and information related to the most current breakthroughs in drug development and increasing patient participation in clinical trials.

" Johns Hopkins expertise and unsurpassed reputation will help patients and caretakers alike make sense of medical advances. With new treatments rapidly emerging, Hopkins insights will provide balanced and highly credible perspectives on what these advances mean to people with disease," Michelson said.

Acurian, which maintains an extensive database of currently enrolling clinical trials, is the second of four initial partners of HopkinsHealth, Johns Hopkins consumer health information commercial licensing program. It will be HopkinsHealths exclusive partner in the on-line clinical trials market segment.

"New medical therapies and clinical trials go hand-in-hand, but unless clinical trials can enroll the needed subjects, promising advances in science and technology will be slowed and may never see the light of day," said Steve Libowitz, HopkinsHealths senior director. "We hope our content partnership with Acurian will shed light on the critical role of clinical trials in drug development and, ultimately, in the patient care process."

About Acurian

Founded in 1998, Acurian (www.acurian.com) uses Web-enabled applications and databases to accelerate and improve the launch of clinical trials and newly approved prescription drugs. Acurians technologies and services enable: (1) biopharmaceutical companies to quickly identify and recruit the most qualified physicians for specific clinical trials; (2) physicians to present their services to the entire biopharmaceutical industry free of charge: and (3) patients to search the Internet's most exhaustive database of clinical trials, register to be considered for specific clinical trials, and stay informed of advances in therapies for their condition.

About Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins is one of the nations oldest and best-known academic medical centers. Based on a 44-acre campus in downtown Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions consist of the 111-year-old Johns Hopkins Hospital and three health-related divisions of the Johns Hopkins Universitythe schools of medicine, nursing, and public health. Hopkins faculty annually receives more biomedical research support from the federal government than the faculty at any other university. In addition to Hopkins Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Health System includes Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital along with satellite clinics, physician networks, and a home care service.

HopkinsHealth is a content licensing service of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, providing -- through partner sites -- consumer health information to help the public better manage their health care and lead healthier lives.

Acurian contact:

David Restrepo

(215) 675-6100 Ext. 2605


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