March 04, 2008 13:30 ET

Healthcare Investment Leaders, Life Science Executives to Convene at iiBIG Chicago Forum

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 4, 2008) - Investment and M&A activity in the life sciences and healthcare sector is at an all-time high and expected to grow even more in 2008. CEOs, CFOs and other business executives from pharmaceutical, biotech, medical and other life sciences companies will be joined by leading healthcare finance executives at iiBIG's 2008 Investment and M&A Opportunities in Healthcare, April 30-May 1, 2008, in Chicago.

Conducted by a leading global commercial finance company, a recent study entitled "M&A in Challenging Times" reveals that 55 percent of senior-level finance executives from both U.S. and Canadian middle market healthcare companies consider acquisitions to play a contributing or major role in their business strategy. Forty-six percent of healthcare respondents also said that gaining market share was a motivator for their latest acquisition, exemplifying a strong reinforcement of a critical truth: successful execution of deals in the healthcare sector -- as in all areas -- requires an experienced team of in-house executives, and talented external advisors providing the most innovative financial, legal, valuation, due diligence, tax, accounting and other professional services.

Speaking faculty at this year's conference includes senior-level executives from:

--  Altaris Capital
--  Banc of America Securities
--  CapitalSource Finance
--  Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services, U.S. Department of Health &
    Human Services
--  Community Health Systems, Inc.
--  Crescent Healthcare
--  Deutsche Bank
--  Dynamics, Inc. and Pappajohn Capital Resources
--  e+healthcare
--  Gorman Health Group
--  GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC
--  HealthSpring
--  Houlihan Lokey
--  IBM Corporation
--  Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
--  KPMG
--  Lazard Middle Market
--  Linden LLC
--  Merrill Lynch & Co.
--  Morgan Stanley
--  Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
--  Omnicare
--  PAREXEL International
--  PricewaterhouseCoopers
--  Raymond James & Associates
--  RehabCare Group Inc.
--  Riverside Partners
--  Robert W. Baird Healthcare Investment Banking
--  Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP
--  Truu Health, Inc.
--  Veridign Health Solutions
--  Water Street Healthcare Partners
--  Wellspring Partners (A Huron Consulting Group Practice)
--  Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

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