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September 19, 2002Press Release

Linstroth Re-elected as Chairman of Wisconsin Technology Counsel

Madison, WI - Michael Best & Friedrich partner, Tod Linstroth, was recently re-elected to be Chairman of the Board of The Wisconsin Technology Council, Inc., an independent non-profit organization which serves as chief policy advisor to the Governor and Legislature on science and technology matters and is charged with developing a strategic plan for the development and retention of technology-based businesses in Wisconsin. The Technology Council recently completed its strategic plan, entitled "Vision 2020," which will be one of the centerpieces of Economic Summit III.

The Technology Council was created and funded by legislation introduced by former Governor Thompson and is run by a 40-member Board of Directors that consists of the Governor, the presidents and/or chancellors of most significant colleges and universities, presidents of all Wisconsin-based venture capital funds and the founders, presidents or senior executives of technology-based companies which range in size of start-ups, to mid-size such as Promega Corporation, to major corporations such as GE Medical.

In addition, Linstroth was recently elected the Chairman of the Steering Committee for Wisconsin's Life Science Conference which organizes the Venture Fairs and Conference for Life Sciences to be held in Madison in November of this year.

Linstroth is a senior partner, member of the firm's Management Committee, and leader of the firm's VentureBest SMdivision. VentureBest addresses the needs of technology-based start-up, emerging and high-growth companies, as well as the angel investors and venture capitalists who fund them. Since its inception in 1999, VentureBest has been a pioneer on the forefront of Wisconsin's expanding technology focus for a broad range of industries, such as biotechnology, Internet, medical device and software.

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