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Compugen Brings Industry-Leading Google Enterprises Search Solutions to Canadian Businesses

Richmond Hill, Ont. – October 10, 2006 – Compugen Inc., one of the largest Canadian-owned IT solution and
service providers and PC systems integrators, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a business
relationship with Google where it will resell Google enterprise search products and provide implementation and
consulting services to bring advanced enterprise search solutions to Canadian businesses.

“Compugen is an ideal reseller partner for Google Enterprise,” said Michael Lock, Director of North American
Sales for Google Enterprise. “They have a cross-country presence that will allow customers from all over
Canada to more easily acquire and deploy Google's enterprise search technology.”

In the first of two agreements, Compugen has been selected by Google as a national reseller of the Google
Search Appliance.Using the same technology that has earned Google leadership in the search engine market,
these enterprise products provide a corporate internal search solution as simple and powerful as
itself. Users can quickly and easily search across the vast amounts of data held by today’s organizations,
including intranets, document and content management systems, file servers, corporate desktops, and business
applications such as ERP, CRM and Business Intelligence.

The Google Search Appliance, aimed at medium to large organizations, can index millions of documents, and
includes advanced security features that ensure that users can only access authorized information. This product
is available in several models, from a single, 2U rack-mounted version that can be licensed to search up to three
million documents at a rate of up to 25 queries per second, to a clustered appliance that can access tens of
millions of documents and includes automatic internal clustering and failover for built-in redundancy.
“As the first national enterprise reseller authorized to resell Google enterprise search products in Canada, we’re
pleased to be able to be proactive in bringing innovative products to our customers,” says Harry Zarek,
Compugen’s President and CEO. Zarek goes on to say that, “Today’s organizations have amassed a wealth of
information, and these products enable them to tap further into that information for even greater business
benefit and competitive advantage.”ns to the expanding aged care market. Vigil has established a growing presence in North America and an international reputation for being on the leading edge of systems design and integration. The Vigil Integrated Care Management System™ (Vigil System®) includes nurse call, wireless nurse call, two-way voice nurse call, wireless pendants, resident check-in and a unique non-invasive monitoring system for dementia residents who often do not equate pushing a button with getting help. The first to supply dementia specific care technology, Vigil facilitates the highest standard of care for cognitive residents while helping dementia residents enjoy a higher quality of life and greater dignity.

Vigil Health Selected as Fast 25 Company

Vigil Health Solutions Inc. (“Vigil”), is pleased to announce its selection as one of Vancouver Island’s Fast 25.  The Fast 25 presented by the Times Colonist, in conjunction with Island organizations including KPMG and the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, looked at private and public companies. Criteria for the selection ranged from revenue and earnings data to the companies’ innovation record.
“We are delighted to be recognized as a Fast 25 Company.  In Fiscal 2006 Vigil introduced an innovative new product the Vigil Wireless Call System and grew revenue 59% and it is rewarding to receive recognition of these achievements from our local community,” said Troy Griffiths, President, Vigil Health Solutions.

Automated robot project fueled by student effort

Tinkering with a state-of-the-art robot is the stuff dreams are made of for many young engineers. This might explain why two co-op students who worked for UVic’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Team (AUVic) couldn’t seem to tear themselves away from the 20 kg, acrylic-hulled, submersible robot that served as their work term project.

Engineering students Mike Mutrie and Niko Rebenich each spent a co-op term working with AUVic, a group of approximately 20 mechanical, electrical, software, and computer engineering students actively involved in building an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) — a submersible robot capable of performing intelligent tasks without aid from human operators. Thanks to Mutrie’s and Rebenich’s assistance, UVic’s robot can inspect the ocean floor at incredible depths, drop objects into targeted areas, navigate specific paths, and record images.

Mutrie and Rebenich had both volunteered with AUVic before they were hired as co-op students. Student volunteers keep AUVic moving forward, but Matt Burdyny, AUVic team leader, says the group could not have continued making superior progress without the assistance of the SLIP grant. “The financial support proved to be an integral part of our day-to-day functions,” he says. “The co-op program has provided an excellent opportunity for students like Mike and Niko to get involved in highly technical problems while supplementing their education at the same time.”

Mutrie and Rebenich brought different skills to the project. Mutrie, who is a mechanical and electrical engineering student, worked as AUVic’s test engineer, while Rebenich used his computer engineering knowledge in his role as electronics and computer engineer.

“I gained knowledge not just in the field of electronics but also in all other areas of engineering,” says Rebenich. “In AUVic, you don’t have to be an expert in all fields but you need to have enough knowledge in all those fields to communicate with each other effectively.”

Mutrie also appreciated learning new skills from his team members. He knew almost nothing about circuitry before working with AUVic, but was nearly an expert by the end of his work term. “It was exciting when I finally tested the circuit that I had developed for the test tank,” he says. “Seeing that it actually worked was payoff for all my hard work.”

It was the chance to attend the annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) competition in San Diego, however, which stood out for Mutrie as the most worthwhile part of his work term. “It was a great experience,” he says. “I got to travel with AUVic for 12 days — both the hardest work and hardest play I’ve ever experienced!”

AUVic is a group of mechanical, electrical, software, and computer engineering students from the University of Victoria that is actively involved in building an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).For more information about the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Team, visit PHOTO: Mike Mutrie displays a circuit board like th one he helped design for AUVic.

Vancouver Island Technology Park welcomes expansion of Aspreva’s global Headquarters

VICTORIA, BC – May 1, 2006 The Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP), an initiative of the University of Victoria today announced the expansion of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals’ global headquarters.

Aspreva moved into VITP in October 2003 and has been a key member of the Park community. The new facility will increase Aspreva’s space at VITP from 15,000 to 28,000 square feet.

Established in 2001, Aspreva is a Victoria-based global company focused on identifying, developing and, upon regulatory approval, commercializing new indications for approved drugs and late stage drug candidates for patients living with less common diseases. Aspreva has rapidly developed into Vancouver Island’s top technology company. With 65 Victoria-based employees, Aspreva is listed on both the NASDAQ National Market and the Toronto Stock Exchange and was the largest biotech Initial Public Offering in Canadian history.

“"VITP is the hub of Vancouver Island's growing technology community." said Richard M. Glickman, Chairman and CEO of Aspreva.” We're pleased to be part of the vision and culture at VITP that's helping to initiate global recognition of BC's technology sector."

“This is exciting news – both for Aspreva and for the tech park,” says Dale Gann, VITP Vice President. “We’re exceedingly proud that VITP-based companies like Aspreva are becoming global success stories – and we’re delighted that we’re able to play a role in the impressive development of the local, national, and international technology industries.”

About Vancouver Island Technology Park
The Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP), an initiative of the University of Victoria was established to provide a facility to accelerate technology transfer from research laboratories to the marketplace. VITP is located in the growing high-tech sector of Victoria, British Columbia, and is easily accessible from Vancouver, Seattle and Portland.

A LEED Gold facility (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), VITP is a high-tech focal point creating synergy through: University of Victoria’s IDC – a tech-transfer office; VIATeC – supporting high-tech business development; and a Business Centre allowing the high-tech community to meet and network together. VITP’s park-like setting and fitness studio enhance the creative and productive work environment.

This ultra-modern research and technology centre spans a beautiful 35 acres. Tenants represent tech clusters in fuel cell, new media, wireless, life science/biotech, ocean technology and ICT. VITP’s success is reflected in its 97 percent occupancy rate. In order to accommodate the need to house
growing and existing high-tech companies, VITP has embarked on a master planning exercise. VITP seeks to expand by an additional 235,000 square feet, allowing new and existing businesses the room to grow and flourish.

For more information please visit:

Media Contact:
Dale Gann, Vice President
Vancouver Island Technology Park
250.483.3217 or

Abebooks helps UVic Co-op grad turn the right page to her career

Victoria-based, the world's largest online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books, has found a winning formula in the search for high-quality, dedicated employees: the UVic Co-op Program.

The company, which connects book-buyers with thousands of booksellers via its network of five websites, has found success hiring several former Co-op students as full-time, permanent employees. One of these former students is Jennifer Thorimbert, an English graduate who first worked for in the spring of 2003, and returned to the company in 2004 full-time.

"It's such a young, fun company, and my experiences as a Co-op student really stood out in my mind, even after I had completed other Co-op terms," says Thorimbert, who is currently a communications specialist for the company. "I originally came to Abebooks with no workplace-based writing experience, but they completely trusted that I would do a good job – I was immediately granted respect and authority, and that meant a lot to me. I knew I wanted that kind of environment for my long term career."

After completing her work term at, Thorimbert found terms at Government House and BC Ferries. She remained in touch with Abebooks, however, and when she heard that one of her former colleagues was leaving the company to pursue her Masters degree, she seized the opportunity to inquire about stepping into that position.

"Jennifer approached me and let me know she was interested in returning to Abebooks," says David Arrowsmith, Manager of Security and Trust and Thorimbert's former supervisor. "She had proven to be a committed and capable employee as a Co-op student, and she already had knowledge of how the business worked and what was expected of a person in a communications position. It was an ideal situation."

Even though Thorimbert was still a term away from completing her undergraduate degree, she knew that this was an amazing opportunity. She managed to convince Arrowsmith that she could pull off 35 hours a week at while taking classes at UVic, and soon she was back at work. Her first four months upon returning to the company counted as her fourth and final Co-op work term, and she stayed on with the company after that.

As a communications specialist for the company's Knowledge Management group, Thorimbert currently maintains the company's intranet, updates policy procedures and guidelines, and writes email templates for the customer support team. She also writes, edits and reviews marketing materials and online help files. "All the skills I learned in my academic courses have been transferable," she says. "But more importantly, the Co-op Program prepared me to look toward the future. I spoke at the Uvic Career Forum in October and that was my focus: Participate in Co-op. It gives you a chance to get yourself out there before you're done school so that you have a strong resume. When you take it seriously, you get something in return."

Arrowsmith is equally supportive of the Co-op process, having worked alongside many students since joining "I have personally supervised two Co-op students and have worked with several more during my three and a half years with Abebooks," he says. "Co-op students are an important part of this Victoria success story. We've had students working as developers, as technical writers, as business analysts, as financial assistants, and in many other roles. For Abebooks, it's something that works very well."

A particular benefit of the Co-op program, according to Arrowsmith, is the dialogue it encourages between students and employers. "My advice to Co-op students is to research the organization you hope to work for, so that you are able to articulate what you can bring to the table, as well as what you hope to gain from the experience," he says. "Knowing what you want to achieve, and communicating your goals to your employer will open more doors in the future." Thorimbert is certainly living proof that this is good advice.

Tax Changes to Make BC More Attractive For Tech Investment

For Immediate Release
Office of the Premier
June 20, 2005

PHILADELPHIA – The Government of British Columbia is developing important tax changes to make the province an even more attractive centre for biotechnology innovation, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.

Significant new tax incentives will encourage companies that invest in the development of intellectual property in the form of patents to remain and expand their capital investment in B.C. as they move their ideas to market.

"We want British Columbia to not only be a base for technology research and development – we also want B.C. to be a base for financing and commercializing ideas, inventions and innovations," said Campbell . "We will introduce legislation this fall to create significant tax incentives to keep and expand those activities in British Columbia and attract new investment."

The proposed changes will reduce the motivation for companies that are on the verge of commercializing a patent to move their intellectual property to an offshore low-tax or no-tax jurisdiction. This is of particular concern to the biotechnology sector, where it can take upwards of 12 years and an investment of $750 million to research, develop, test and receive regulatory approval before biotechnology-related patented products can be commercially sold.

To encourage firms to keep their innovations in British Columbia , and attract new firms and investment, the government will expand the International Financial Activity Program that provides refunds of provincial corporate income taxes paid on certain international financial activities.

"British Columbia is already a hot spot for biotech R&D and so it makes sense to create a better environment for companies to commercialize their R&D investments right here in B.C. as well," said Campbell . "With these changes, I expect even more new enterprises to choose British Columbia as their base for their research and development and their commercial activities. That means more investment and more jobs for B.C.'s economy."

The government will consult with industry representatives and intellectual property experts to finalize the details prior to introducing the legislation. Subject to legislative approval, the new incentives will take effect on Jan.1, 2006.

British Columbia 's biotech community of more than 90 private sector firms is the seventh largest in North America and the fastest growing in Canada . The province has a highly skilled workforce, low operating costs for high technology businesses, and business tax rates that are among the most competitive in North America . Campbell was speaking at the BIO 2005 Convention in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , where he is promoting more investment and jobs for B.C.

Genome BC Congratulates Genologics

As GenoLogics Life Sciences Software Inc. celebrated a $6.3 million round of financing, Alan Winter, CEO of Genome British Columbia offered congratulations. “As a partner in the University of Victoria- Genome British Columbia Proteomics Centre, where the life sciences bioinfomatics software was developed, we are pleased to see the results of funding support that was provided two years ago”, says Winter.

GenoLogics founder James DeGreef says “It’s fair to say that without the initial support from Genome British Columbia and the collaboration with MDS Laboratories we would not have been able to develop the product and attract this high level of venture capital support. This financing will allow us to scale up to meet the growing demand by proteomics researchers in the U.S. and Europe.”

The Proteomics Centre is one of 22 tenants, employing 1,175 people in the Vancouver Island Technology Park outside of Victoria, B.C. “This is an excellent example of a public /private partnership and we’re pleased that it facilitated the building of the proteomics facility,” says Dale Gann, Manager, Business Development for the Park. Michael Ball, CEO of GenoLogics adds, “we’re going to stay in the Park, the synergies with the other tech companies are pretty impressive.”

The $6.3 million investment co-led by Seattle-based OVP Venture Partners and Yaletown Venture Partners of Vancouver, also included investment from GrowthWorks Capital and local angel investors. Of note, this is the first time in more than five years that a major Seattle-based venture fund has invested in a Western Canadian Company. OVP General Partner Chad Waite, well known for his track record in bio-IT investing said he sifted through dozens of business plans before investing in GenoLogics. “I wouldn’t have done this deal unless it was as good as anything I see in the States,” said Waite, who is joining GenoLogics board along with Yaletown’s Hnatiuk and Maria Pacella of GrowthWorks Capital.

“An opportunity of this magnitude attracts strong investment partners. We’re thrilled to be backing this exceptional BC company and joining forces with a U.S. venture firm of OVP’s caliber to move the company forward,” concludes Steve Hnatiuk, partner at Yaletown Venture Partners.

Background Information
GenoLogics develops bioinformatics solutions that help life science and pharmaceutical laboratories, specializing in the emerging field of proteomics research, to manage, integrate and analyze enormous volumes of scientific and lab data to advance health science research.

Genome British Columbia is a research organization, working with all levels of government, universities and industry that invests in and manages large-scale genomics and proteomics research projects and science and technology platforms. With major investments from Genome Canada and the Province of British Columbia, the research is focused on areas of strategic importance such as human health, forestry, fisheries, ethics, agriculture and the environment.

The University of Victoria-Genome BC Proteomics Centre has been in operation since 1984 under the direction of Dr. Robert Olafson and is the longest operational protein core facility in Canada, providing analytical services to Canadian and international, academic, industrial and government laboratories.

Media Contacts
Linda Bartz
Genome BC
Tel: 604.637.4373

Rachael Froese Zamperini
Communications Communications Officer
Genome BC
Tel: 604.637.4378

Aspreva Pharmaceuticals Corporation Plans Initial Public Offering

Aspreva Pharmaceuticals Corporation announced today that it has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a preliminary prospectus with Canadian provincial regulatory securities authorities for a proposed initial public offering of its common shares.

The shares will be offered by an underwriting syndicate led by Merrill Lynch & Co., co-led by Banc of America Securities LLC, and co-managed by Pacific Growth Equities LLC and BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, but has not yet become effective. A preliminary prospectus relating to these securities has been filed with Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted, in the United States or to or from U.S. persons, prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such State. The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus.

Ribbon Cutting Unveils New Vigil Head Office

Vigil Health Solutions Inc. (“Vigil”), creators of technology for long-term
care, is pleased to announce the completion of its move to its new corporate offices at the Vancouver Island Technology Park. A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house held November 3, 2004, marked the occasion.

President and CEO Jim Kirker greeted guests at the new premises; “This move represents a significant milestone and an investment in the future of the company. Vigil’s technology is currently utilized in ten facilities on Vancouver Island and we are pleased to be able to share this occasion with the Victoria community.”

The event featured guest speaker District of Saanich Councillor, Vic Derman. In addition, Marilynne Convey, formerly the Administrator of Vigil’s first North American facility site, Heritage Woods at Juan de Fuca Priory in Goldstream, assisted with the ribbon cutting. Ms. Convey played an integral role in the introduction of Vigil’s revolutionary technology to the North American market. Guests toured the new product testing and demonstration areas, and Vigil provided demonstrations of the award-winning Vigil Dementia System.

“The Company’s steady growth in size since our first facility installation at the Priory in 1998 necessitated a larger site in order to expand operations and meet company goals. The new facility meets our development and testing needs, allows us to continue to hire staff, while the loading bay accommodates our increasing shipping and receiving requirements,” said Jim Kirker. “We anticipate that this move will have a positive affect on our
employees and our productivity.”

Vigil Health Solutions Inc. moves to Vancouver Island Technology Park

VICTORIA BC—Today, Vigil Health Solutions Inc. (Vigil ®) announced they will be moving operations to Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) in August 2004.

The VITP already houses major Vancouver Island IT, biotechnology and life sciences companies such as Municipal Software Corporation, a developer of government business process automation software, and MDS Metro, a provider of equipment and systems for life sciences researchers. Vigil develops, markets and distributes customized, sophisticated monitoring and care planning systems for long-term care facilities. Vigil's innovative dementia technology is the first of its kind sold in North America .

“We are very excited to have the Vigil team on board at VITP. The addition of Vigil to the Tech Park helps to strengthen the VITP infrastructure of academic and technology excellence” said Dale Gann, VITP Manager, Business Development.

“Vigil is eager to join the extraordinary cluster of companies at VITP, it is becoming the hub of Vancouver Island 's growing technology community,” said Jim Kirker, Vigil President and CEO. “The volume of technology professionals at VITP creates momentum for the industry and opens up business development opportunities. Vigil is pleased to be part of the vision and culture at VITP that is helping to initiate global recognition of BC's technology sector.”

Mr. Kirker identified another reason for the move—the Company's steady growth in size since its inception in 1998. “With 21 Victoria-based employees and five regional account representatives across the United States , a new facility was a matter of necessity,” said Mr. Kirker “When choosing a location the Tech Park is the natural and ideal choice for any expanding technology company.”

The new 5,348 square foot space at the Tech Park will become headquarters to the company's operations when the renovations are complete in mid-August. The new facility will include an extensive product testing and demonstration room, as well as a loading bay that will accommodate the company's increasing product shipping and receiving requirements. VITP meets Vigil's immediate and future needs and gives the growing company room to stretch its legs.