SOURCE: Ahura Scientific

June 10, 2008 12:08 ET

Ahura Scientific Named One of Boston Business Journal's 2008 Best Places to Work

Company Recognized for Job Satisfaction, Advancement Opportunities and Benefits

WILMINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) - Ahura Scientific, Inc., a leader in rugged, ultra-compact handheld instruments for chemical identification, today announced that it has been named one of New England's Best Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal (BBJ), according to the publication's annual ranking. In a ceremony hosted by the BBJ, Ahura Scientific was among 20 mid-sized companies recognized, all of which will be profiled in a special supplement to the BBJ on June 13th.

The BBJ's Best Places to Work results are based on surveys conducted of employees at each company. The surveys ask a series of questions about work environment, work-life balance, job satisfaction, advancement opportunities, management compensation and benefits. This year's top ranking firms were chosen from 392 nominations, making it the largest program in the event's four-year history. Categories include small, medium and large-sized businesses.

"At Ahura Scientific, our people are unquestionably our greatest asset," said Doug Kahn, Ahura Scientific's chairman and CEO. "We have a diverse culture that includes talented employees from around the world, and we're very proud to be listed among the top companies to work for in New England. As Ahura Scientific grows, our focus will be on maintaining a high energy, positive and challenging workplace in partnership with our employees and the local community."

"Best Places to Work companies invest in their employees, foster a positive work setting and exhibit a team oriented environment," said Mike Olivieri, BBJ publisher. "These leaders understand that employees are the foundation of the company, and the engine that drives the business forward. It creates a tangible difference from their competition."

The special BBJ June 13th supplement also provides insight into the distinct leadership styles of the reigning companies. From training and promotions to taking a personal interest in employees, these top presidents and CEOs share their strategies for improving morale and maintaining low turnover.

"With the hiring market so tight, a quality workplace truly is a competitive advantage," said BBJ editor George Donnelly. "Employees respond to a flexible yet challenging culture and company managers who lead by example."

Ahura Scientific and its executives have received numerous prestigious awards, including the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Chemical Detection Industry Innovation & Advancement of the Year Award; the Ernst and Young 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year award (Founder and President Dr. Daryoosh Vakhshoori); R&D Magazine's R&D 100; the Industrial Design Society of America Award (IDEA) for Excellence in Industrial Design; the 2007 SBANE Innovation Award; and, most recently, the 2008 Frost & Sullivan Chemical Identification Product of the Year Award.

About Ahura Scientific, Inc.

Ahura Scientific, Inc. is a leading provider of a new class of ultra-compact analytical instruments. These rugged handheld instruments are used for real-time identification of chemical substances. Customers include government agencies and companies in the safety and security, pharmaceutical, and consumer products markets. Manufactured in the USA in an ISO 9001-certified facility, the company's products offer exceptional portability and performance. For more information, visit

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