SOURCE: RPG Benefits Solutions

March 16, 2005 11:25 ET

North Carolina Biotech Companies Turn to RPG for Employee Benefits

RPG Benefits Solutions Continues to Gain Traction Within North Carolina's Thriving Biotech Community

RALEIGH, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 16, 2005 -- RPG Benefits Solutions, a service-oriented benefits consulting and brokerage firm, today announced the addition of Metabolon to its growing list of biotech customers. The company joins other leading N.C.-based biotech organizations such as Norak Biosciences, STEMCO Biomedical, BioResources International and Ribonomics by selecting RPG as its independent benefits consultant.

"RPG is a true business partner that provides us significant value through their experience in human resources, insurance and benefits solutions and the strong relationships they have with carriers," said John Ryals, chief executive officer with Metabolon. "They also understand the important role benefits play in a biotech company. RPG has done an excellent job delivering and supporting a benefits solution that is financially responsible but also maintains our ability to attract and retain high quality employees."

Metabolon is an industry leader in the application of metabolomics, a powerful and new scientific approach for the discovery and development of drugs and the early diagnosis of disease states. The company's patent-pending technology is poised to dramatically impact drug discovery and development processes by accurately measuring the spectrum of biochemical changes and mapping these changes to metabolic pathways. Metabolon's technology can identify safer compounds for development, shorten the time for drugs to get to market and identify diagnostic markers for earlier disease detection.

"We find it very rewarding to work with companies that are impacting the future of healthcare," said Phil Gruber, president of RPG Benefits Solutions. "Our commitment to customer service allows organizations like Metabolon to focus on developing therapies for ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease by removing a non-core business function like benefits management."

RPG's philosophy is based on helping businesses make better, more informed decisions about their benefits portfolio. Understanding that corporate accountability is paramount, RPG provides third-party, unbiased recommendations to ensure that an organization's benefits package is in line with industry best practices and business goals. It is committed to providing the highest level of customer service on the market today and invests heavily in programs, services and staff to support its growing list of customers.

About RPG Benefits Solutions

RPG Benefits Solutions is a benefits consulting and brokerage firm that caters to the needs of small and mid-sized organizations but has the depth and breadth to serve companies of any size. Founded on the belief that companies should expect more from their independent benefits consultant, RPG provides expertise in insurance and human resources, specializing in executive and employee benefits. The firm is committed to providing a high level of customer service and reinvests a significant percentage of its revenue into programs and services to support its growing list of clients. For more information about RPG Benefits Solutions, visit

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