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					Conference Overview:
The Triangle chapters of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and the Association for
Corporate Growth (ACG) are hosting NCINVEST2003, a regional investor conference featuring
presentations by the CEOs and CFOs of 16 Triangle and Triad-based public companies. This is an
exclusive conference, with attendance by invitation only. The purpose of the conference is to bring
together growing North Carolina public companies and institutional investors based in the Southeast.

Date:
Thursday, February 13, 2003

Location:
North Raleigh Hilton
3415 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609
(919) 872-2323
www.northraleigh.hilton.com

Presenting Companies:
     Blue Rhino                    Closure Medical               Cree
     Embrex                        Highwoods Properties          Inspire Pharmaceuticals
     Krispy Kreme                  Martin Marietta Materials     Paradigm Genetics
     Pozen Pharmaceuticals         Progress Energy               Red Hat
     Salix Pharmaceuticals         SciQuest                      Pharmanetics
     Trimeris

Keynote Luncheon Speaker:
Richard Moore, State Treasurer, State of North Carolina - trustee for more than $60 billion
in North Carolina’s public state pension funds and investments

Conference Sponsors:

GOLD                     SILVER                      BRONZE
Deloitte & Touche        RR Donnelly                 Business Wire
Wachovia/First Union     Bowne                       PR Newswire
Kilpatrick Stockton      Wyrick Robbins              Poyner Spruill
r+m creative             Smith Anderson              Triangle Commercial
Rivel Research           Presentation Strategies     Maupin Taylor
CCBN                     ADP                         PondelWilkinson
                         The Haskell Co.             Ad Pro
                         Myers Bigel
                         GCI Group
                         Ilios Partners
                         Davenport & Co.
Attendance by Invitation Only:
Institutional investors, analysts and financial advisors

Structure:
 One day conference with two tracks of presentations
 Each company’s time slot will include 20 minutes formal presentation and 10 minutes Q&A
 Each company will have a breakout session for 30 minutes following its formal presentation

Contact:
Jenny Kobin, President, National Investor Relations Institute – Triangle Chapter of North Carolina
Director of Investor Relations, SciQuest, Inc.
Web site: www.ncinvest.org Phone: 919-659-2352 Fax: 919-695-6352 Email: info@ncinvest.org

Schedule:

 7:30 -       8:30 am        Registration - Continental Breakfast (including Krispy Kreme Doughnuts)
 8:30 -      12:00 pm        Company Presentations and Breakout Sessions
12:00 -       1:30 pm        Luncheon with Keynote Speaker
 1:30 -       4:15 pm        Company Presentations and Breakout Sessions

About NIRI
Founded in 1969, the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) is a professional association of
corporate officers and investor relations consultants responsible for communication among corporate
management, the investing public and the financial community. With over 5,000 members in 35
chapters around the country, NIRI sets the highest standards in education designed to advance the
practice of investor relations and meeting the growing professional development needs of those
engaged in the field. For more information about NIRI, go to www.niri.org.

About NIRI Triangle Chapter of North Carolina
The NIRI Triangle Chapter of North Carolina was founded in 1999 to serve investor relations
professionals in the Research Triangle Park area, including Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Burlington,
Greensboro and Winston-Salem. The Chapter has members representing more than 50 corporations
across a wide range of industries, including technology, biotechnology, telecommunications, energy,
hospitality, materials, textiles and retail.

The Chapter holds quarterly meetings, featuring programs on topics of professional interest to
practitioners of investor relations, public relations and finance. The Chapter also hosts special events
such as investor conferences, networking cocktail hours and round table lunch discussions. For more
information on the Chapter, go to www.niritriangle.org.

About ACG
Founded in 1954, the national Association for Corporate Growth is the premier association for and
about professionals involved in middle-market corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers
and acquisitions. The RTP chapter’s members are among the area's top professionals involved in all
aspects of corporate growth. Its mission is to create a collaborative environment where corporate
leaders can exchange lessons learned, review relevant growth strategies and build partnering
relationships locally and throughout the U.S. For more information on the Chapter’s quality
programming, education and networking, go to www.acg.org/rtp.

				
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