Finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award Announced in New England; Award Recipients Named at Gala Event on June 15, 2006

BOSTON--()--April 24, 2006--Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2006 Award in the New England. This year's 44 finalists were selected from more than 90 nominations by an independent Finalist Selection Committee composed of area business, academic and civic leaders. Award recipients will be announced at a special 20th anniversary gala event on June 15, 2006 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

"This year's finalists are true visionaries who have contributed to economic growth, innovation, and cutting-edge products and services," said Bryan Pearce, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award program director for New England. "We proudly celebrate their achievements as we mark the 20th anniversary of this prestigious awards program."

The New England finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006 Award are:

A123 Systems                 David Vieau        CEO
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Acusphere, Inc.              Sherri C. Oberg    President/CEO/Founder
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Agar Supply Co., Inc.        Karen Bressler     CEO
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Alexion Pharmaceuticals, 
 Inc.                        Dr. Leonard Bell   CEO
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Alnylam Pharmaceuticals      John Maraganore    President/CEO
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Aspect Software, Inc.        James D. Foy       President/CEO/Director
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Atlas Travel International   Elaine Osgood      President
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Authoria, Inc.               Tod Hayes
                              Loofbourrow       Chairman/CEO
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Beacon Hospice               Betty Brennan      President/CEO
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Broadbus Technologies        Vin Bisceglia      Chairman/CEO
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BTU Ventures, Inc.           Wael Al-Mazeedi    Chairman/CEO
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CMGI, Inc.                   Joseph Lawler      President/CEO
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Confluent Surgical, Inc.     Amar Sawhney       CFO
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Crossbeam Systems            Peter C. George    President/CEO
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Cynosure, Inc.               Michael R. Davin   Chairman/CEO
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Datapower Technology, Inc.   Eugene Kuznetsov   Chairman/CEO
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Endeca                       Steve Papa         Chairman/Founder
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EqualLogic, Inc.             Paula Long         Vice President
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First Act, Inc.              Bernard Chiu       Chairman
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Five Star Quality Care, Inc. Evrett Benton      President/CEO/Founder
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Forrester Research, Inc.     George Colony      Chairman/CEO/Founder
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Garber Travel                Roselyn Garber     President/CEO
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GeoTrust, Inc.               Neal Creighton     CEO
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Glasshouse Technologies, 
 Inc.                        Mark Shirman       President/CEO/Founder
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Grand Circle Corporation     Alan E. Lewis      Chairman/CEO
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Granite City Electric Supply
 Co., Inc.                   Phyllis P. Godwin  Chairman/CEO
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GSI Group                    Charles Winston    CEO
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Hologic, Inc.                Jack W. Cumming    Chairman/CEO/Director
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IPG Photonics Corporation    Dr. Valentin P.
                              Gapontsev         CEO
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Keurig, Inc.                 Nick Lazaris       President/CEO
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Konarka Technologies, Inc.   Howard Berke       Chairman/CEO/Founder
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m-Qube                       Jeffrey F. Glass   CEO
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Nantero, Inc.                Greg Schmergel     President/CEO/Founder
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OpenPages                    Michael J. Duffy   President/CEO
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Palomar Medical Technologies,
 Inc.                        Joseph Caruso      President/CEO
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Perkins Paper                                   Executive Vice
                             Larry Perkins       President/COO
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Perkins Paper                Gary Perkins       President
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Presstek, Inc.               Edward J. Marino   President/CEO
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Reveal Imaging Technologies,
 Inc.                        Michael Ellenbogen CEO
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Sirtris Pharmaceuticals      Christoph Westphal Vice Chairman/CEO
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Tufts-New England Medical
 Center                      Ellen M. Zane      President/CEO
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Virtusa Corporation          Kris Canekeratne   Chairman/CEO/Founder
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Waterford Group, LLC         Len Wolman         Chairman/CEO
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Wright Express Group         Michael E. Dubyak  President/CEO
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YesDirect, Inc.              Jeffrey Bennett    President/CEO
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New England award recipients will be eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006 national program. Winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 18, 2006.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and continues to recognize the leaders and visionaries who are creating and building world-class businesses. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards is nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In New England, local sponsors include Herald Media, Inc. J. Robert Scott, MARSH and WilmerHale.

Contact Information

To make reservations for the awards banquet on June 15, 2006, contact Jillian Ciminera of Ernst & Young at (617) 570-8437 or jillian.ciminera@ey.com by June 1st. Tickets are $175.00 per person. For more information about the awards program, visit www.ey.com/us/eoy.

About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

The Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 100 cities and 35 countries.

About Ernst & Young

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Note to Editors: Media are invited to attend the awards banquet for interview and photo opportunities. Please call Amy Flannery at (617) 859-6476 as soon as possible to request a complimentary reservation. Press credentials must be presented.

Contacts

Ernst & Young LLP
Amy Flannery, 617-859-6476
Amy.flannery@ey.com

Contacts

Ernst & Young LLP
Amy Flannery, 617-859-6476
Amy.flannery@ey.com