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Date:2/13/2009

n unlimited source of pig islet cells to accelerate the availability and affordability of islet transplantation to cure diabetes. Spring Point Project and the Schulze Diabetes Institute at the University of Minnesota work in partnership to provide the source and science needed to move toward a cure for diabetes. www.springpointproject.org.

The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF), a not-for-profit worldwide network based in Washington, D.C., has made a substantial contribution of $6.2 million to Spring Point Project. In recognition of this significant donation, the Islet Resource Facility was named after the DRWF.

www.diabeteswellness.net.

The Ryan Companies US, Inc., a leading national commercial real estate firm led by third-generation family members, is another major donor to Spring Point Project. Pat and Ann Ryan and Jim and Colleen Ryan have contributed $3 million. Their donation included personal gifts and contributions through the company. In addition, the company built the facility in which Spring Point Project's research is conducted. For more information about the Ryan Companies: www.ryancompanies.com.

Schulze Diabetes Institute at the University of Minnesota.

www.diabetesinstitute.org.

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