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10/15/08

Founder of Ceres and Peloton Diagnostics Corporation Selected to Participate in Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum

Wellesley, Massachusetts – October 15, 2008 – Linda Smith, founder of Ceres and Peloton Diagnostics Corporation, has been selected to participate in the inauguration of Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum 2008, November 12-16, 2008 in Palm Springs, California. As one of five aspiring women entrepreneurs, alumnae of Babson College, she was selected by an independent panel of judges to attend the Forum, complements of Ernst & Young.

Ernst & Young designed this program for a select group of women whose emerging entrepreneurial ventures offer true promise. Linda Smith founded and incubated Peloton Diagnostics Corporation at Babson College’s Hatchery in 2006. The company supplies medical diagnostics tools based on optical imaging technologies that promise to advance the practice of preventative medicine. Its products will simplify the use of optical imaging as a drug discovery tool and make clinical and point-of-care use practical.

Ernst & Young demonstrates its steadfast commitment to entrepreneurship, corporate inclusivity and diversity and extends its firm’s vast resources to champion the success of women in business. The Strategic Growth Forum offers content-rich sessions on current growth-oriented business topics, networking with leading CEOs, business advisors and investors and celebration of the nation’s best entrepreneurs at the 22nd annual U.S. Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards.

"I am honored to participate in this innovative and inspirational forum among the world's top CEOs, sources of capital, industry experts and government officials,” said Linda Smith. "While a significant opportunity for Peloton, the guidance and personal relationships attained and developed that week will be invaluable for my clients at Ceres, who too are leading and financing growing technology companies."

About Ceres

CERES offers strategic planning, business development, marketing, and investment banking advisory services to buyers and sellers of small and middle market firms and to entrepreneurs building early stage ventures. It works with individual business owners, private and public corporations, and capital providers worldwide. Its specialty is the breadth and depth of our network and knowledge of the market segments touching the photonics industry. CERES readily understands its clients’ marketplace as well as the strengths and challenges of their technologies, operations and supply chain. What this means for its clients is a uniquely optimized growth and harvest strategy that is executed efficiently and effectively to create and capture value. For more information, visit www.cerescom.net.

About Peloton Diagnostics Corporation

Peloton Diagnostics Corporation supplies medical and clinical diagnostics tools based on optical imaging technologies that promise to advance the practice of preventative medicine. Its products will simplify the use of optical imaging as a drug discovery tool and make clinical and point-of-care use practical. For more information, visit www.pelotondiagnostics.com.

About The Center for Women’s Leadership at Babson College

The Center for Women's Leadership's mission is to create, support and disseminate best practice for women's entrepreneurial leadership through educational excellence, innovative professional development and outreach and research that translates data into knowledge and knowledge into action. The Center is focused on women at all stages of their careers, as well as on organizations that are committed to leveraging the talent and market power of women. The Center's programs, outreach activities and research all promote the use of creative and innovative approaches that enable women and organizations to develop and act on opportunities that create value for stakeholders and society. For more information, visit www3.babson.edu/cwl.