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Mergent, Inc. Announces Changes to the HealthShares(TM) Infectious Disease and HealthShares(TM) Composite Indexes

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Mergent, Inc., administrator for the HealthShares(TM) Indexes, a series of 20 underlying indexes for the HealthShares Exchange Traded Funds, today announced the following changes effective on the opening of trading on Monday August 11, 2008: Enzo Biochem Inc. will replace Toyoma Chemical Co. (Tokyo, Japan: 4518) in the HealthShares(TM) Infectious Disease Index and the HealthShares(TM) Composite Index.


Companies included in the HealthShares(TM) Infectious Disease Index are engaged in the research, clinical development and/or commercialization of therapeutic agents for the treatment of a wide variety of infectious diseases related to antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral indications, by means of small molecules, protein therapy and vaccines. The HealthShares(TM) Composite Index consists of the 80 largest companies by market capitalization, selecting the top 5 companies in market capitalization from each of the Composite Eligible Indexes.

About Mergent

Mergent, Inc. is a leading provider of business and financial data on global publicly listed companies. Based in the U.S., the company maintains a strong global presence, with offices in New York, Charlotte, San Diego, London, Tokyo and Melbourne.

Founded in 1900, Mergent operates the longest continuously collected database of: descriptive and fundamental information on domestic and international companies; pricing and terms and conditions data on fixed income and equity securities; and corporate action data. In addition, Mergent develops and licenses equity and fixed income investment products based on its proprietary investment methodologies. Mergent-licensed products have approximately $3.5 billion in assets under management and are offered by major investment management firms. Mergent's index calculation platform is the chosen technology for some of the world's largest index companies. Its index calculation and pricing distribution protocols are used to administer index rules and distribute real-time pricing data. For more information, please visit and

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