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February 6, 2003

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Purdue University is distributing this advisory to select media on behalf of the Central Indiana Life Sciences Initiative.

Central Indiana Life Sciences Initiative reports progress at 1-year anniversary

Mayor Peterson, Purdue’s Jischke, IU’s Bepko will discuss impact on region’s economy

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., February 6, 2003) – The Central Indiana Life Sciences Initiative was formed a year ago with a bold vision for the region – leverage assets like our universities and industry leaders like Eli Lilly and Company and Dow AgroSciences LLC to become a national life sciences hub.

Find out how we've progressed over the past year and what's in store for the future at the Life Sciences Initiative's first anniversary VIP breakfast at Dow AgroSciences. Representatives from the Initiative's founding organizations will discuss progress, including Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, Indiana University Interim President Gerald Bepko, Purdue University President Martin C. Jischke, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership President David Goodrich, and the Indiana Health Industry Forum President Wade Lange. Representatives from the Initiative's corporate partners (i.e. Eli Lilly and Company) will also be present.

The VIP breakfast is open to the media, and press availability will be held immediately following the program. Due to Dow AgroSciences security requirements, please RSVP the names, titles and organization of attendees to Jenny Cebalo at CVR/MARC no later than Tuesday, Feb. 11. You will not be able to enter the Dow Venture Center complex without prior notification. All attendees will be required to present a photo ID at the gate entrance to receive a visitor’s pass. Attendees will be directed to the visitors parking area. Once inside the main building, the media will be directed to sign in and pick up camera passes, if applicable.

WHAT: The Central Indiana Life Sciences Initiative's one-year anniversary VIP breakfast and progress report

WHO: Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, IU Interim President Gerald Bepko, Purdue President Martin C. Jischke, CICP President David Goodrich, IHIF President Wade Lange, Dow AgroSciences President/CEO Charlie Fischer, and others

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 13; 8 a.m. — program, 9 a.m. (estimated) — media availability. There will be a special photo opportunity with the founders/founding organizations from 7:45-8 a.m.

WHERE: Dow AgroSciences headquarters, 9330 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis

WHY: Learn the latest on Central Indiana's most visible economic development effort

Contact: Jenny Cebalo
Caldwell VanRiper/MARC Public Relations
(317) 635-9175 (office) (317) 213-5466 (mobile)