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First-Ever List of the 5,000 Fastest-Growing Businesses Reports Total Revenue of $194.5 Billion
Date:9/5/2007

Academic Network, LLC Ranks No. 3,216 on the 2007 Inc. 5,000, No. 58 in the

Portland Metro Region with Three-Year Sales Growth of 97.2%

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Inc. magazine has ranked Academic Network, a medical and health communications firm, No. 3,216 on its first-ever Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. The Inc. 5,000, an extension of Inc. magazine's annual Inc. 500 list, catches many businesses that are too big to grow at the pace required to make the Inc. 500, as well as a host of smaller firms. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy. Academic Network placed No. 58 in growth for the Portland Metro Region.

"The Inc. 5,000 provides the most comprehensive look ever at the most important part of the economy -- the entrepreneurial part," said Inc. 5,000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. "The expansion of the list has allowed us to tell the stories of larger companies, older companies, and a wealth of companies in industries like Manufacturing and Construction that are underreported in the business media.

"Academic Network is pleased with this national recognition. Now more than ever, consumer information on healthcare issues and products is vital," says the company's co-founder and chief executive officer, Kathleen A. McCarron, a 22 year veteran of healthcare management and telecommunications.

Expanding partnerships with GlaxoSmithKline, Flieshman Hillard, Boston Scientific, Campbell Soup Company, and Shaping America's Youth have accelerated the growth of Academic Network. Inc. magazine editors specifically noted the recent recognition of Academic Network as one of the top 50 diversity-owned businesses in Oregon. Business growth recently prompted a 300% increase in call center capacity. "Portland's diverse healthcare workforce has made our accelerated growth possible, "CEO McCarron stated.

Academic Network provides health care communication solutions via its call center and web-based services for pharmaceutical companies, food and beverage companies, and medical centers. The firm's health education consulting team mans a live, toll-free call center for consumer queries, helps with patient recruitment, program development and the management of governmental and health professional relations. Academic Network is also in the business of developing non-branded websites for their clients seeking to provide online resource centers on specific health and medical issues.

"The Fleishman-Hillard Clinical Trials Division and Academic Network enjoy a long-standing partnership that focuses on the development and implementation of strategic clinical trial recruitment programs. Academic Network provides compliant patient confidentiality processes, database management, trained healthcare operators, senior-level project management and strategic counsel from start to finish. Academic Network's team is consistently responsive, results-oriented, and resourceful," said Mindy Warner, Senior Vice President and Partner.

Founded and directed entirely by doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, Academic Network speaks with authority on health and medical issues. At the helm of Academic Network, husband and wife team Kathleen McCarron and David McCarron, M.D., FACP, apply their medical research experience to effectively convey the messaging for their clients.

Academic Network and its founders the McCarrons have been instrumental in such projects , in past, as the "Milk Mustache" campaign, and most recently, GlaxoSmithKline's launch of the product, Alli, and nationally recognized Shaping America's Youth, a public / private initiative focused on addressing the public health crisis of childhood obesity.

The 2007 Inc. 5,000, as revealed online at http://www.inc.com, reported median revenue of $9.4 million and median three-year growth of 140 percent. Complete information on this year's Inc. 5,000, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000. The list features a profile for each company, almost all of them written as a result of Inc. interviews with management. In addition, the list is searchable according to numerous criteria, including industry, city, state, region, and year founded.

Hottest Industries for Fastest-Growing Businesses

The largest business category is Construction, with 561 of the fastest-growing companies in this category, followed by Manufacturing with 515 companies, IT services in third with 466 companies, Business Services with 377 companies and Advertising & Marketing with 349 companies round out the top five industries ranked on the 2007 Inc. 5,000.

Industries reporting the highest total revenue in 2006 are Construction ($27.1 billion), Manufacturing ($18.6 billion), Health ($13.1 billion), Computers & Electronics ($12.7 billion), and Financial Services ($11.8 billion).

Methodology

The 2007 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2003 through 2006. To qualify, companies had to be U.S.-based and privately held, independent -- not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies -- as of December 31, 2006, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2003, and $2 million in 2006.

Companies can apply for next year's Inc. 500 and Inc. 5,000 by registering with IncBizNet, the new social network for private companies that will launch this fall on Inc.com.

About Inc.com:

Inc.com, the Daily Resource for Entrepreneurs, delivers advice, tools, breaking news, and rich multi-media to help business owners and CEOs start, run, and grow their businesses more successfully. Information and advice covering virtually every business and management task, including marketing, sales, finding capital, managing people can be found at http://www.inc.com.

About Academic Network, LLC: Academic Network, LLC is a leading medical and health communications company conceived by academic professionals to serve as a singular source for communicating health-related issues to consumers and health professionals. Academic Network works with leading pharmaceutical companies, healthcare organizations and food/beverage companies in developing effective communications strategies through consulting, telecommunications internet and other public media sources. The firm offers the combined technological and medical expertise necessary to meet the demands and expectations of today's health-focused public.

Contact: Claudia Johnson

Claudia@claudiajohnson.com

503.266.1776

Or

Rachel Greben

rgreben@academicnetwork.com

503.228.3217


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