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Elsevier Acquires Ariadne Genomics, Provider of Pathway Analysis Tools and Semantic Technologies for Life Science Researchers

December 8, 2011

AMSTERDAM, December 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

               Combined Elsevier and Ariadne offerings will deliver better insights to
                  research discovery and the understanding of disease mechanisms

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information
products and services, announced today the acquisition of the business assets of Ariadne
Genomics [http://www.ariadnegenomics.com ], a provider of pathway analysis tools and
semantic technologies for life science researchers. Ariadne will be integrated with
Elsevier’s Corporate Markets division.

“Ariadne Genomics’ pathway analysis tools and semantic technologies integrate research
findings from across multiple content sources providing a deeper understanding of
biological pathways and disease progression. Ariadne’s products improve research
productivity and outcomes for life science researchers by delivering new insights for
potential interventions, therapies and cures,” said Alexander van Boetzelaer, Managing
Director of Elsevier Corporate Markets. “Ariadne brings to Elsevier an information
offering in the biology domain and a passionate and dedicated team of life science
professionals. Ariadne’s team and offerings are a powerful complement to our chemistry,
pre-clinical and clinical workflow solutions.”

Ariadne’s flagship product Pathway Studio is widely used by pharmaceutical,
agriculture and academic institutions to provide analyses of molecular pathways and
disease progression. Pathway Studio is an integrated data mining and visualization
solution that organizes relevant facts and relationships from large document collections
of genes, proteins, cell processes and diseases. The tool, powered by Ariadne’s MedScan(R)
technology, enables visualization of biological relationships spanning biomedical
literature and supports the interpretation of experimental results utilizing
domain-specific ontologies, taxonomies and dictionaries.

“As a customer of both providers, I am excited to learn that Ariadne Genomics and
Elsevier have joined,” said Dr. Jonathan Usuka, Director of Global Business Planning at
Celgene, a multinational biopharmaceutical company. “Pathway Studio provides essential
support to our immunological studies. As part of Elsevier, there is the potential to
deliver even more value to our researchers.”

Ariadne’s CEO, Ilya Mazo, said of the acquisition, “With our integration into
Elsevier, we look forward to strengthening our ability to serve biological researchers in
scientific communities through further development of Pathway Studio, fortified with
Elsevier’s content, and complementing Elsevier’s leadership role across biomedical

Ariadne is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. Financial details of the acquisition
are not being disclosed.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information
products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health
communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet
[http://www.thelancet.com ] and Cell [http://www.cell.com ], and close to 20,000 book
titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online
solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect [http://www.sciencedirect.com ], SciVerse Scopus
[http://www.scopus.nl ], Reaxys [http://www.reaxys.com ], MD Consult
[http://www.mdconsult.com ] and Nursing Consult [http://www.nursingconsult.com ], which
enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite
[http://www.scival.com ] and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review [http://www.medai.com ], which help
research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ]
employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC
[http://www.reedelsevier.com ], a world-leading publisher and information provider, which
is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN
(Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

About Ariadne

Ariadne (http://www.ariadnegenomics.com [http://www.ariadnegenomics.comb ]), a leader
in research data products and knowledge enrichment-based software solutions, helps
pharmaceutical and life science researchers tap known scientific knowledge for
applications in systems biology and translational medicine. We provide a portfolio of
solutions for life science, drug discovery and development applications including custom
data products, knowledge extraction and visualization software, knowledge reports, and
informatics staffing.

Pathway Studio, built and powered by MedScan(R) technology, is integrated data mining
and visualization software that allows organizations and researchers to rapidly extract
relevant facts and relationships from large document collections (text-mining), visualize
these facts in a biological context, and integrate and interpret OMICS experimental data.
The extracted knowledge is used for defining and testing in silico-based hypotheses across
a wide range of disciplines including mechanistic modeling of disease, drug action and
toxicity, as well as biomarker discovery, cellular and network pathway building,
protein-protein interactions and many more.

Pathway Studio is available in desktop and enterprise versions along with domain
specific knowledge bases and cartridges. For more information, go to


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        Vice President of Global Relations, Elsevier
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