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QED International Associates Announces Changes to the HealthShares(TM) Composite and HealthShares(TM) Cancer Indexes
Date:3/6/2008

NEW YORK, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- QED International Associates, Inc., administrator for the HealthShares(TM) Indexes, a series of 20 underlying indexes for the HealthShares(TM) Exchange-Traded Funds, today announced that effective at the opening of trading on March 10, 2008, ISIS Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ISIS) will replace Pharmion Corp. (Nasdaq: PHRM) in the HealthShares(TM) Composite Index. Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: SNTA) will replace Pharmion Corp. (Nasdaq: PHRM) in the Cancer Index. Pharmion is being acquired by Celgene Corp. (Nasdaq: CELG).

The HealthShares(TM) Composite Index consists of the 80 largest companies by market capitalization that are engaged in healthcare, life sciences and/or biotechnology that are part of the 16 underlying HealthShares Indexes, selecting the top 5 companies in market capitalization from each of the Composite Eligible Indexes.

Companies included in the HealthShares(TM) Cancer Index are engaged in the research, development, and/or commercialization of therapeutic agents for the treatment of a wide variety of cancers.

About QED International Associates

QED International Associates, based in New York, is a leading financial industry consulting firm specializing in quantitative modeling and the design, development and maintenance of indexes and Exchange Traded Funds. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.qedinternational.com


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