SOURCE: ThinkEquity Partners LLC

July 31, 2006 19:11 ET

ThinkEquity Partners LLC Announces 4th Annual Growth Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 31, 2006 -- ThinkEquity Partners LLC, a research-centric investment bank, announces its 4th Annual Growth Conference, a four-day event that will focus on a wide array of sectors and growth markets. The conference will be held on September 11-14, 2006 at The Ritz Carlton in downtown San Francisco.

"The time is ripe to bring thought leaders together and talk about the next wave of innovation and growth in the economy," said Michael Moe, founder and CEO of ThinkEquity Partners LLC. "The conference will be about sharing ideas, discussing the future and debating what lies ahead in the coming months and years. In our view, growth is inevitable -- the economy has reached a critical turning point and is gearing up for an exciting wave of progress."

In addition to company presentations, the conference will feature a ThinkWealth Management Day, with presentations by industry experts on topical wealth management issues, and an array of "Think Big" presentations by management teams of companies with market caps of less than $200 million, focused on their growth potential. The conference will also showcase a "Video on the Web" panel, as well as healthcare and greentech panels.

The preliminary list of presenters includes CEOs from more than 200 of the most innovative growth companies in the world:

24/7 Real Media, Inc.                       TFSM
Acacia Research-Acacia Technologies         ACTG
Adknowledge                                 Private
Advanced Magnetics, Inc.                    AVM
ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals, Inc.              ANX
Agile Software Corporation                  AGIL
Airspan Networks, Inc.                      AIRN
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.               ALNY
Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc.               ALTI
Altiris, Inc.                               ATRS
Alvarion Ltd. (USA)                         ALVR
ANADIGICS, Inc.                             ANAD
Apollo Group, Inc.                          APOL
Aptimus, Inc.                               APTM
aQuantive, Inc.                             AQNT
Archer Daniels Midland Company              ADM
Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc.                 ARIA
Arrowhead Research Corporation              ARWR
ARTISTdirect, Inc.                          ARTD
Asta Funding, Inc.                          ASFI
Atheros Communications, Inc.                ATHR
AtriCure Inc.                               ATRC
AudioCodes Ltd.                             AUDC
Autodesk, Inc.                              ADSK
AVANIR Pharmaceuticals                      AVNR
Ballard Power Systems Inc. (USA)            BLDP
Bankrate, Inc.                              RATE
Barrier Therapeutics, Inc.                  BTRX
BenefitStreet                               Private
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.              BCRX
BladeLogic                                  Private
Blue Coat Systems, Inc.                     BCSI
Blue Nile, Inc.                             NILE
Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc.      BFAM
Buffalo Wild Wings                          BWLD
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation          CCMP
Caribou Coffee Company, Inc.                CBOU
Cash Systems, Inc.                          CKNN
Castle Brands Inc.                          ROX
Cbeyond Communications Inc.                 CBEY
Centillium Communications, Inc.             CTLM
Central European Media Enterprises Ltd.     CETV
Ceragon Networks Ltd.                       CRNT
CheckFree Corporation                       CKFR
Click Commerce, Inc.                        CKCM
Color Kinetics Incorporated                 CLRK
Concurrent Computer Corporation             CCUR
Convera Corporation                         CNVR
Costco Wholesale Corp.                      COST
CryptoLogic, Inc. ( USA )                   CRYP
CyberSource Corporation                     CYBS
DayStar Technologies Inc.                   DSTI
DepoMed, Inc.                               DEPO
Devry Inc.                                  DV
Digital Insight Corp.                       DGIN
Digitas Inc.                                DTAS
Distributed Energy Systems Corp             DESC
eBags                                       Private                                ECLG
Educate, Inc.                               EEEE
Electro-Optical Sciences, Inc.              MELA
eLoyalty Corporation                        ELOY
Emisphere Technologies Inc.                 EMIS
Encysive Pharmaceuticals, Inc.              ENCY
Epocrates                                   Private
E-Z-EM, Inc.                                EZEM
First Cash Financial Services, Inc.         FCFS
Fuel-Tech N.V.                              FTEK
Genomic Health, Inc.                        GHDX
Gentium S.p.A. (ADR)                        GENT
Gigabeam Corporation                        GGBM
GigaMedia Limited                           GIGM
Good Technologies                           Private
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.         GMCR
GSI Commerce, Inc.                          GSIC
Hana Biosciences, Inc.                      HNAB
Hansen Medical                              Private
Harris & Harris Group, Inc.                 TINY
Highbury Financial, Inc.                    HBRF
Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co.                       HITK
Hologic, Inc.                               HOLX
HouseValues, Inc.                           SOLD
Huron Consulting Group                      HURN
Hydrogenics Corporation (USA)               HYGS
Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc.                  IDP
Ikanos Communications, Inc.                 IKAN
Illumina, Inc.                              ILMN
Impax Laboratories Inc.                     IPXL
Imperium Renewables                         Private
Insite Vision Inc.                          ISV
InterMune, Inc.                             ITMN
Internet Gold Golden Lines Ltd              IGLD
iSold It LLC                                Private
ITT Educational Services                    ESI
Jamba Juice                                 Private
Jones Soda Co. ( USA )                      JSDA
KnowFat                                     Private
Kona Grill, Inc.                            KONA
KongZhong Corporation (ADR)                 KONG
Kuhlman Company, Inc.                       KUL
Kyphon Inc.                                 KYPH
Linktone Ltd. (ADR)                         LTON
Luna Innovations Incorporated               LUNA
Marchex, Inc.                               MCHX
Maxwell Technologies Inc.                   MXWL
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Rest.         MSSR
MDC Partners Inc. (USA)                     MDCA
Metalink Ltd.                               MTLK
Miasole                                     Private
Microtune, Inc.                             TUNE
Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.               MNTA
Move Inc.                                   MOVE
MRU Holdings, Inc.                          MHOI
MRV Communications, Inc.                    MRVC
NeoPharm, Inc.                              NEOL
Netblue                                     Private
Netopia, Inc.                               NTPA
Neustar, Inc                                NSR
Novatel Wireless, Inc.                      NVTL
NuVasive, Inc.                              NUVA
Nuvelo, Inc.                                NUVO
Omniture, Inc.                              OMTR
On Track Innovations Ltd.(USA)              OTIV
Online Resources Corp.                      ORCC
Opsware Inc.                                OPSW
Optimal Group, Inc.                         OPMR
PCTEL, Inc.                                 PCTI
Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc.                   PEET
Pentaho Corp.                               Private
Peoples Liberation Inc.                     PPLB
PlanetOut                                   Private
Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc.         PRAA
Progressive Gaming International Corp.      PGIC
Questcor Pharmaceuticals                    QSC
RADVISION LTD. (USA)                        RVSN
Rentech, Inc.                               RTK
Repros Therapeutics Inc.                    RPRX
Restoration Hardware, Inc.                  RSTO
Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.                 RIGL
ROO Group, Inc.                             RGRP
Rudolph Technologies, Inc.                  RTEC, inc.                        CRM
Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd                   SLXP
Santarus, Inc.                              SNTS
Scopus Video Networks Ltd.                  SCOP
Sirtris                                     Private
Skyworks Solutions, Inc.                    SWKS
Smith Micro Software, Inc.                  SMSI Inc.                               SOHU
Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.               SOMX
Sonus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.                 SNUS
Spark Networks plc (ADR)                    LOV
SugarCRM                                    Private
SumTotal Systems, Inc.                      SUMT
SunPower Corporation                        SPWR
SuperGen, Inc.                              SUPG
SurModics, Inc.                             SRDX
Syniverse Holdings, Inc.                    SVR
Taleo Corporation                           TLEO
TEKELEC                                     TKLC
Terabeam, Inc.                              TRBM
Terremark Worldwide, Inc.                   TWW
The Cobalt Group                            Private
The9 Limited (ADR)                          NCTY
TicketsNow                                  Private
True Religion Apparel, Inc.                 TRLG
Tumi                                        Private
Tut Systems, Inc.                           TUTS                                    UBHI
Unigene Laboratories                        UGNE
USA Technologies, Inc.                      USAT
VA Software Corporation                     LNUX
ValueClick, Inc.                            VCLK
Varian Semiconductor                        VSEA
VASCO Data Security International, Inc.     VDSI
Viewpoint Corporation                       VWPT
Vion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.                  VION
Vital Images, Inc.                          VTAL
VitalStream Holdings, Inc.                  VSHI
VIVUS, Inc.                                 VVUS
Volterra Semiconductor Corp.                VLTR
Vyyo Inc.                                   VYYO
Websense Inc.                               WBSN
WebSideStory, Inc.                          WSSI
Website Pros, Inc.                          WSPI
Westell Technologies Inc.                   WSTL
WiderThan Co., Ltd. (ADR)                   WTHN
Wind River Systems, Inc.                    WIND
Witness Systems, Inc.                       WITS
WPT Enterprises, Inc.                       WPTE
XenoPort, Inc.                              XNPT, Inc.                            UBET
Zhone Technologies, Inc.                    ZHNE
ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc.                     ZIOP
Zoltek Companies, Inc.                      ZOLT

For more information about the ThinkEquity Partners 4th Annual Growth Conference, please contact: Katie Soffey: 415-249-2927 or visit

About ThinkEquity Partners LLC

ThinkEquity Partners LLC is a research-centric institutional investment firm focused on the growth economy. ThinkEquity Partners is dedicated to providing focused insight, advisory services, and capital to institutional investors and corporate constituents in the knowledge economy's key growth verticals, including technology, healthcare, media and consumer business services. For more information about ThinkEquity Partners, please visit Member NASD and SIPC.

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