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Date:3/24/2008

ent functioning," said SOS CEO, Steve Coplon. "With its deployment in hundreds of cancer centers covering both the community and academic setting, the IOM recognized its intrinsic value in improving health outcomes."

Additionally, Duke University's Comprehensive Cancer Care Center has adopted the PACE System(TM) in research projects across its Oncology Supportive Care department. Duke researchers presented findings at the 2007 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting, demonstrating how the PACE System(TM) "offers a valid, feasible method for collecting research- quality, clinically relevant data from patients in outpatient academic oncology." In February 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance for using PROs to support new claims for drug labeling.

Most recently, international researchers (Gotay, et al) published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (J Clin Oncol 26:1355-1363) that PROs better reflect survival-related patient functioning and well-being than traditional prognostic indicators and provide prognostic information beyond standard clinical measures.

"Millions of research-specific PROs garnered via the PACE System(TM) have been aggregated from over a hundred thousand cancer patients over a seven year span," according to Coplon. "Via the PACE(TM) System, SOS Inc. is an internationally recognized leader in collecting research quality PROs with which we intend to improve the quality of life for cancer patients."

PACE PRO findings have consistently been presented at major national and international cancer conferences, including the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer; American Society of Clinical Oncology; San Antonio Breast Care Symposium; Community Oncology Conference; and the Oncology Nursing Society. Additional news regarding PACE's role with PROs is anticipated in June at this year's ASCO meeting.

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