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Former Corporate Whistleblower Says 'The Informant' Movie is Only Part of the Story
Date:9/15/2009

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- As Mark Whitacre, COO of Cypress Systems, Inc., prepares to walk the red carpet on September 15 during the premiere of "The Informant," he has something to say: he is NOT the same man who blew the whistle on his employer in the early 1990's, putting him in the spotlight of one of the largest price-fixing schemes in corporate history and ultimately landing him in federal prison for over eight years.

Whitacre is the subject of the already-heralded Oscar contender movie starring Matt Damon, which premieres in New York City on September 15 at the legendary Ziegfeld Theater and begins a roll-out to theaters nationally on September 18. The movie tells the story of Whitacre's horrific experience from company man, to corporate whistleblower and FBI undercover informant, to convict. But the movie ends where Whitacre's real life begins. His prison sentence marked the beginning of a remarkable 180-degree turn from his focus on corporate greed to a life as an "agent of change." It was during the early part of his incarceration that Whitacre says his life actually took a turn for the better. "For me, it took going to prison to figure out what really matters in life," says Whitacre. "I thought money and success would bring me happiness, but I was fortunate enough to figure out by losing it all that the only thing that really matters in life is serving others."

Whitacre's primary focus now is helping others, namely generating awareness of cancer prevention. His employer, Fresno, CA-based Cypress Systems, Inc. (www.cypsystems.com), manufactures a branded selenium ingredient, SelenoExcell(R), which has been shown to reduce prostate, colon and lung cancer by as much as 63%. Whitacre's Ph.D. work at Cornell University focused on the health benefits related to the biochemical role of s
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