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Mergent, Inc. Announces Quarterly Rebalancing of HealthShares(TM) Indexes

June 17, 2008

NEW YORK, June 17 /PRNewswire/ — Mergent, Inc., administrator for the HealthShares(TM) Indexes, a series of 20 underlying indexes for the HealthShares(TM) Exchange Traded Funds, today announced the quarterly rebalancing of the Indexes. The following securities will be added and deleted in the Indexes effective before the opening of trading on NYSE Arca on June 23, 2008.

   HealthShares(TM) Autoimmune-Inflammation Index (HHA)    Drop    ACTIVE BIOTECH AB (OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm: ACTI)   ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    COMBINATORX INC.    DYNAVAX TECHNOLOGIES CORP    ELAN CORP PLC-ADR    MEDAREX INC    PHARMACOPEIA INC.    RIGEL PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    SEPRACOR INC.    ZYMOGENETICS INC     Add    ALK-ABELLO A/S (OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen: ALK.B)   CHUGAI PHARM CO (Tokyo SE: 4519)   DR REDDYS LABS LTD    INCYTE CORP    LIFECYCLE PHARMA (OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen: LCP)   MYLAN INC    NABI BIOPHARMACEUTICALS    REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS    STALLERGENES (Euronext, Paris: GENP)   UCB (Euronext, Brussels: UCB)    HealthShares(TM) Cancer Index (HHK)    Drop    ARK THERAPUTICS GROUP PLC (London Main Market, U.K.: AKT)   EXELIXIS INC.    HUMAN GENOME SCIENCES INC.    MEDAREX INC    SEATTLE GENETICS INC    SYNTA PHARMACEUTICALS CORP    ZYMOGENETICS INC     Add    ABRAXIS BIOSCIENCE INC    CHUGAI PHARM CO (Tokyo SE: 4519)   DR REDDYS LABS LTD    GENMAB AS (OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen: GEN)   KYOWA HAKKO KOGYO (Tokyo SE: 4151)   MERCK KGAA (Frankfurt, Germany: MRK)   YAKULT HONSHA CO (Tokyo SE: 2267)    HealthShares(TM) Cardio Devices Index (HHE)    Drop    ANGIODYNAMICS INC.    ATRION CORPORATION    BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP.    CARDIAC SCIENCE CORP    CRYOLIFE INC.    ENDOLOGIX INC.    INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC.    KENSEY NASH CORP    SPECTRANETICS CORP    STEREOTAXIS INC.    VASCULAR SOLUTIONS INC.     Add    CONMED CORP    GREATBATCH INC    HOSPIRA INC    KINETIC CONCEPTS INC    OSI SYSTEMS INC    PALL CORP    RTI BIOLOGICS INC    SONOSITE INC    TELEFLEX INC    UNITED THERAPEUTICS CORP DEL    VITAL SIGNS INC     HealthShares(TM) Cardiology Index (HRD)    Drop    ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    AMYLIN PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    ANGIOTECH PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    CARDIOME PHARMA CORPORATION    CV THERAPEUTICS INC.    EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORP    MEDICINES COMPANY    MOMENTA PHARMACEUTICALS INC    NUVELO INC    PAR PHARMACEUTICAL COS INC.    SANGAMO BIOSCIENCES INC.    SCIELE PHARMA INC.    SPEEDEL HOLDING AG-REG (SWX, Switzerland: SPPN)    Add    ABRAXIS BIOSCIENCE INC    BIOMARIN PHARMACEUTICAL INC    DAINIPPON SUMITOMO (Tokyo SE: 4506)   DR REDDYS LABS LTD    EISAI CO (Tokyo SE: 4523)   ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC    NISSAN CHEMICAL INC (Tokyo SE: 4021)   PRONOVA BIOPHARMA (Oslo, Norway: PRON)   RECORDATI (Borsa Italiana MTA: REC)   REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS    TORAY INDS INC (Tokyo SE: 3402)   TOYOBO CO (Tokyo SE: 3101)   VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTL     HealthShares(TM) Composite Index (HHQ)    Drop    ADOLOR CORPORATION    ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    ALKERMES INC.    ALLERGAN INC.    ALLOS THERAPEUTICS INC.    ALNYLAM PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    ALPHARMA INC.    ALTUS PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    AMAG PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    ANGIOTECH PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    APPLIED BIOSYSTEMS GROUP    ARK THERAPUTICS GROUP PLC (London Main Market, U.K.: AKT)   BASILEA PHARMACEUTICA-REG (Swiss Stock Exchange: BSLN)   BAVARIAN NORDIC A/S (OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen: BAVA)   BECKMAN COULTER INC.    BIOVAIL CORP    BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP.    CARACO PHARMACEUTICAL LABS LTD    CARDIOME PHARMA CORPORATION    CRUCELL-ADR    CUBIST PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    DENDREON CORP    DENTSPLY INTERNATIONAL INC.    DISCOVERY LABORATORIES INC.    ENZO BIOCHEM INC.    ENZON PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    EXPRESS SCRIPTS INC.    FLAMEL TECHNOLOGIES-ADR    GERON CORP    HEALTH NET INC.    ILLUMINA INC.    INCYTE CORP.    INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES HOLDINGS CORP    INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC.    KV PHARMACEUTICAL CO    MASIMO CORPORATION    MEDA AB (OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm: MEDAA)   OSI PHARMACEUTICALS INC    SEPRACOR INC.    SHIRE PLC-ADR (NASDAQ.: SHPGY)   SIGMA-ALDRICH    WATERS CORP     Add    ABRAXIS BIOSCIENCE INC NEW    AMERISOURCEBERGEN CORP    AUXILIUM PHARMACEUTICALS INC    BIOMARIN PHARMACEUTICAL INC    CARL ZEISS MEDITEC (Frankfurt, Germany: AFX)   CHUGAI PHARM CO (Tokyo SE: 4519)   CIGNA CORP    COLOPLAST (OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen: COLOB)   CONMED CORP    COUGAR BIOTECHNOLOGY INC    COVANCE INC    DAINIPPON SUMITOMO (Tokyo SE: 4506)   EXELIXIS INC    FRESENIUS SE (Frankfurt, Germany: FRE)   GEDEON RICHTER PLC (Budapest, Hungary: RICHTER)   GETINGE AB (OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm: GETI B)   GRIFOLS SA (SIBE Spain: GRF)   H.LUNDBECK A/S (OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen: LUN)   HIKMA PHARMACEUTIC (London Main Market, U.K.: HIK)   HISAMITSU PHARM CO (Tokyo SE: 4530)   ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC    KINETIC CONCEPTS INC    KISSEI PHARM CO (Tokyo SE: 4547)   KYOWA HAKKO KOGYO (Tokyo SE: 4151)   MEIJI SEIKA KAISHA (Tokyo SE: 2202)   MERCK KGAA (Frankfurt, Germany: MRK)   MORPHOSYS (Frankfurt, Germany: MOR)   MYRIAD GENETICS INC    NICOX SA (Euronext, Paris: COX)   PATTERSON COS    PHARMACEUTICAL PROD DEV INC    PPG INDS INC    QUEST DIAGNOSTICS INC    SCHEIN HENRY INC    SHIONOGI & CO (Tokyo SE: 4507)   STRAUMANN HLDG (SWX, Switzerland: STMN)   TELEFLEX INC    TORAY INDS INC (Tokyo SE: 3402)   TOYAMA CHEMICAL CO (Tokyo SE: 4518)   TRANSGENE (Euronext, Paris: TNG)   VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTL    VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC     HealthShares(TM) Dermatology and Wound Care Index (HRW)    Drop    ANGIOTECH PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    BARRIER THERAPEUTICS INC.    INNOGENETICS NV (Euronext, Brussels: INNX)   INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES HOLDINGS CORP    KV PHARMACEUTICAL CO    MEDIGENE AG (Frankfurt, Germany: MDG)   MENTOR CORP    MYLAN INC.    NUSKIN ENTERPRISES INC.    OMEGA PHARMA SA (Euronext, Brussels: OME)   PHOTOCURE ASA (Oslo, Norway: PHO)   QLT INC.    SINCLAIR PHARMA PLC (London Main Market, U.K.: SPH)    Add    ANGES MG INC (Tokyo SE: 4563)   APP PHARMACEUTICALS INC    ARPIDA AG (SWX, Switzerland: ARPN)   BTG (London Main Market, U.K.: BGC)   CYTOS BIOTECH AG (SWX, Switzerland: CYTN)   GENMAB AS (OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen: GEN)   NICOX SA (Euronext, Paris: COX)   PRESTIGE BRANDS HLDGS INC    Q-MED AB (OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm: QMED)   SYNERON MEDICAL LTD    TOPOTARGET A/S (OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen: TOPO)   TORAY INDS INC (Tokyo SE: 3402)   XOMA LTD     HealthShares(TM) Diagnostics Index (HHD)    Drop    AMAG PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    ANALOGIC CORP.    APPLERA CORP - CELERA GENOMICS    BIO-RAD LABORATORIES-CL A    GIVEN IMAGING LTD (Tel Aviv, Israel: GIVNUQ)   HALOZYME THERAPUTICS INC.    MERIDIAN BIOSCIENCE INC.    MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC.    ORASURE TECHNOLOGIES INC    QUIDEL CORP    SONOSITE INC.     Add    BIOMERIEUX (Euronext, Paris: BIM)   CEPHEID    DAINIPPON SUMITOMO (Tokyo SE: 4506)   GRIFOLS SA (SIBE Spain: GRF)   HAEMONETICS CORP    KYOWA HAKKO KOGYO (Tokyo SE: 4151)   MDS INC    MOOG INC    NUVASIVE INC    SHIONOGI & CO (Tokyo SE: 4507)   VARIAN INC     HealthShares(TM) Emerging Cancer Index (HHJ)    Drop    AETERNA ZENTARIS INC.    ALLOS THERAPEUTICS INC.    ARQULE INC.    ARRAY BIOPHARMA INC.    BIOCRYST PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    CELL GENESYS INC.    DENDREON CORP    DYNAVAX TECHNOLOGIES CORP    GPC BIOTECH AG-ADR    IMMUNOGEN INC.    PEREGRINE PHARMACEUTICALS    PROGENICS PHARMACEUTICALS    TELIK INC.    XOMA LTD     Add    ANTISOMA (London Main Market, U.K.: ASM)   ARDEA BIOSCIENCES INC    BAVARIAN NORDIC (OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen: BAVA)   BTG (London Main Market, U.K.: BGC)   COUGAR BIOTECHNOLOGY INC    EXELIXIS INC    LIGAND PHARMACEUTICALS INC    MAXYGEN INC    MOLECULAR INSIGHT PHARM INC    MORPHOSYS (Frankfurt, Germany: MOR)   NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS    PROTHERICS (London Main Market, U.K.: PTI)   TOPOTARGET A/S (OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen: TOPO)   TRANSGENE (Euronext, Paris: TNG)    HealthShares(TM) Enabling Technologies Index (HHV)    Drop    ACCELRYS INC.    AFFYMETRIX INC.    APPLIED BIOSYSTEMS GROUP    BECKMAN COULTER INC.    CAMBREX CORP    CEPHEID INC.    EURAND NV    HUMAN GENOME SCIENCES INC.    LUMINEX CORP    MILLIPORE CORP    PERKINELMER INC.    QIAGEN N.V.    QUEST DIAGNOSTICS    SANGAMO BIOSCIENCES INC.    SIGMA-ALDRICH    SYMYX TECHNOLOGIES INC.    TECHNE CORP    WATERS CORP     Add    ABRAXIS BIOSCIENCE INC NEW    ALKERMES INC    AMERISOURCEBERGEN CORP    APP PHARMACEUTICALS INC    CEPHALON INC    CHARLES RIV LABS INTL INC    COVANCE INC    ENDO PHARMACEUTICALS HLDGS INC    HOSPIRA INC    INVENTIV HEALTH INC    OMNICARE INC    PAREXEL INTL CORP    PHARMACEUTICAL PROD DEV INC    PSS WORLD MED INC    VARIAN MED SYS INC    WATSON PHARMACEUTICALS INC    WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SVSC INC    XENOPORT INC     HealthShares(TM) European Drugs Index (HRJ)    Drop    ACTELION LTD-REG (Virt-X, Switzerland: ATLN)   BASILEA PHARMACEUTICA-REG (SWX, Switzerland: BSLN)   BAVARIAN NORDIC A/S (OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen: BAVA)   CRUCELL-ADR    CYTOS BIOTECHNOLOGY AG-REG (SWX, Switzerland: CYTN)   ELAN CORP PLC-ADR    FAES FARMA SA (SIBE Spain: FAE)   GPC BIOTECH AG    GRIFOLS SA (SIBE Spain: GRF)   H LUNDBECK A/S (OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen: LUN)   INTERCELL AG (Wiener Bourse, Austria: ICLL)   RICHTER GEDEON NYRT (Budapest, Hungary: RICHTBO)   STADA ARZNEIMITTEL AG (Frankfurt, Germany: SAZ)   ZELTIA SA (SIBE Spain: ZEL)    Add    COLOPLAST (OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen: COLOB)   EGIS PHARMACEUTICA (Budapest, Hungary: EGIS)   FRESENIUS SE (Frankfurt, Germany: FRE)   GALENICA AG (SWX, Switzerland: GALN)   MERCK KGAA (Frankfurt, Germany: MRK)   MORPHOSYS (Frankfurt, Germany: MOR)   NEUROSEARCH A/S (OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen: NEUR)   ORION CORPORATION (OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki: ORNAV)   PRONOVA BIOPHARMA (Oslo, Norway: PRON)   Q-MED AB (OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm: QMED)   SPEEDEL HLDG AG (SWX, Switzerland: SPPN)   STALLERGENES (Euronext, Paris: GENP)   TRANSGENE (Euronext, Paris: TNG)   UCB (Euronext, Brussels: UCB)    HealthShares(TM) European Medical Products & Devices Index (HHT)    Drop    CONSORT MEDICAL PLC (London Main Market, U.K.: CSRT)   DRAEGERWERK AG -VORZ AKT (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: DRW3)    Add    FRESENIUS SE (Frankfurt, Germany: FRE)   PHOTOCURE ASA (Oslo, Norway: PHO)    HealthShares(TM) GI/Gender Health Index (HHU)    Drop    ALIZYME PLC (London Stock Exchange: AZM)   DOCTOR REDDY'S LAB-ADR    EISAI CO LTD (Tokyo SE: 4523)   INDEVUS PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    MENTOR CORP    GEDEON RICHTER NYRT (Budapest, Hungary: RICHTER)   SOLVAY SA (Euronext, Brussels: SOLB)   UCB SA (Euronext, Brussels: UCB)    Add    ABRAXIS BIOSCIENCE INC NEW    ALTUS PHARMACEUTICALS INC    GTX INC    HOLOGIC INC    PAR PHARMACEUTICAL COS INC    SUCAMPO PHARMACEUTICALS INC    VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTL    XENOPORT INC     HealthShares(TM) Infectious Disease Index (HHG)    Drop    ENZO BIOCHEM INC.    FLAMEL TECHNOLOGIES-ADR    HUMAN GENOME SCIENCES INC.    IDENIX PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    INNOGENETICS NV (Euronext, Brussels: INNX)   KING PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    MEDAREX INC    SOLVAY SA (Euronext, Brussels: SOLB)   THERAVANCE INC.     Add    DR REDDYS LABS LTD    HIKMA PHARMACEUTIC (London Main Market, U.K.: HIK)   KUREHA CORPORATION (Tokyo SE: 4023)   MEIJI SEIKA KAISHA (Tokyo SE: 2202)   MYRIAD GENETICS INC    PAR PHARMACEUTICAL COS INC    PHARMASSET INC    SHIONOGI & CO (Tokyo SE: 4507)   TOYAMA CHEMICAL CO (Tokyo SE: 4518)    HealthShares(TM) Metabolic-Endocrine Disorders Index (HHM)    Drop    AMICUS THERAPUTICS INC.    COMBINATORX INC.    GW PHARMACEUTICALS PLC (London Main Market, U.K.: GWP)   INCYTE CORP.    MDRNA INC.    NPS PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    OREXIGEN THERAPUTICS INC.    REPROS THERAPUTICS INC.    TERCICA INC.    TRANSITION THERAPUTICS INC.    XOMA LTD     Add    BIOVITRUM AB (OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm: BVT)   CHEMGENEX PHARMACEUTICALS LT    DAINIPPON SUMITOMO (Tokyo SE: 4506)   DIAMYD MEDICAL AB (OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm: DIAM B)   IPSEN (Euronext, Paris: IPN)   ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC    KISSEI PHARM CO (Tokyo SE: 4547)   MAP PHARMACEUTICALS INC    MERCK KGAA (Frankfurt, Germany: MRK)   MITSUBISHI TANABE (Tokyo SE: 4508)   MYLAN INC     HealthShares(TM) Neuroscience Index (HHN)    Drop    ADOLOR CORPORATION    ALPHARMA INC.    APP PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    BIOVAIL CORP    CARACO PHARMACEUTICAL LABS LTD    IPSEN (Euronext, Paris: IPN)   KING PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    PAR PHARMACEUTICAL COS INC.    SCHWARZ PHARMA AG (Frankfurt, Germany: SRZ GR)   SEPRACOR INC.    SHIRE LTD ADR    VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS INTERNATIONAL     Add    ABRAXIS BIOSCIENCE INC NEW    DAINIPPON SUMITOMO (Tokyo SE: 4506)   EISAI CO (Tokyo SE: 4523)   GEDEON RICHTER PLC (Budapest, Hungary: RICHTER)   HISAMITSU PHARM CO (Tokyo SE: 4530)   HOSPIRA INC    KYOWA HAKKO KOGYO (Tokyo SE: 4151)   LABORATORIOS ALMIR (SIBE Spain: ALM)   MEDA AB (OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm: MEDA A)   MITSUBISHI TANABE (Tokyo SE: 4508)   TAISHO PHARM CO (Tokyo SE: 4535)   UCB (Euronext, Brussels: UCB)    HealthShares(TM) Ophthalmology Index (HHZ)    Drop    AKORN INC.    ALLERGAN INC.    ANIKA THERAPEUTICS INC.    ISTA PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    KING PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    NOVADAQ TECHNOLOGIES INC.    OSI PHARMACEUTICALS INC    QLT INC.    SHAMIR OPTICAL INDUSTRY LTD    TLC VISION CORP     Add    BIOLITEC AG (Frankfurt, Germany: BIB)   CELL GENESYS INC    COMBINATORX INC    EXONHIT THERAPEUTI (Euronext, Paris: ALEHT)   GERBER SCIENTIFIC INC    JERINI AG (Frankfurt, Germany: JI4)   OXFORD BIOMEDICA (London Main Market, U.K.: OXB)   PPG INDS INC    PRESTIGE BRANDS HLDGS INC    THROMBOGENICS (Euronext, Brussels: THR)    HealthShares(TM) Orthopedic Repair Index (HHP)    Drop    ANIKA THERAPEUTICS INC.    ATRION CORPORATION    BIOMIMETIC THERAPUTICS INC.    CONMED CORPORATION    CORIN GROUP PLC (London Main Market, U.K.: CRG)   DENTSPLY INTERNATIONAL INC.    INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES HOLDINGS CORP    KENSEY NASH CORP    MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC.    ORTHOVITA INC    SYMMETRY MEDICAL INC.    YOUNG INNOVATIONS INC.     Add    BIODEL INC    CRYOLIFE INC    GERON CORP    GREATBATCH INC    GTX INC DEL    LIGAND PHARMACEUTICALS INC    PATTERSON COS    SANTHERA PHARMA (SWX, Switzerland: SANN)   SCHEIN HENRY INC    SIRONA DENTAL SYSTEMS INC    STRAUMANN HLDG (SWX, Switzerland: STMN)   TRANS1 INC     HealthShares(TM) Patient Care Services Index (HHB)    Drop    APRIA HEALTHCARE GROUP INC.    BROOKDALE SENIOR LIVING INC.    CHEMED CORP    EMERITUS CORP    EXPRESS SCRIPTS INC.    HEALTH NET INC.    HEALTHSOUTH CORP    HEALTHWAYS INC.    KINDRED HEALTHCARE INC.    MAGELLAN HEALTH SERVICES INC.    SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING INC.     Add    CIGNA CORP    CRODA INTL (London Main Market, U.K.: CRDA)   ELEKTA (OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm: EKTA B)   FRESENIUS SE (Frankfurt, Germany: FRE)   GETINGE AB (OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm: GETI B)   GRIFOLS SA (SIBE Spain: GRF)   HLTH CORPORATION    KINETIC CONCEPTS INC    MEIJI SEIKA KAISHA (Tokyo SE: 2202)   SCHEIN HENRY INC    SSL INTERNATIONAL (London Main Market, U.K.: SSL)    HealthShares(TM) Respiratory/Pulmonary Index (HHR)    Drop    ALNYLAM PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    DISCOVERY LABORATORIES INC.    HI-TECH PHARMACAL CO INC.    INSPIRE PHARMACEUTICALS INC.    INTERMUNE INC.    MATRIXX INITIATIVES INC.    MEDAREX INC    PERRIGO CO    PHARMAXIS LTD-GDR    SEPRACOR INC.    SKYEPHARMA PLC (London Main Market, U.K.: SKP)   THERAVANCE INC.    UNITED THERAPEUTICS CORP    WATSON PHARMACEUTICALS INC.     Add    BARD C R INC    BIOMARIN PHARMACEUTICAL INC    CONMED CORP    CYTOS BIOTECH AG (SWX, Switzerland: CYTN)   EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORP    FOREST LABS INC    INVACARE CORP    MAP PHARMACEUTICALS INC    MITSUBISHI TANABE (Tokyo SE: 4508)   NICOX SA (Euronext, Paris: COX)   OREXO AB (OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm: ORX)   OSI SYSTEMS INC    TELEFLEX INC    VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC     

The rebalanced Indexes, including the rebalanced Index Shares, are based on the closing prices as of June 12, 2008.

In accordance with the Exemptive Order, a complete list of the constituents reflecting the rebalancing will be posted at: http://www.healthsharesinc.com/content/view/53/274/.

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