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3/1/2002

Biotechnology
Tough biotechnology market derails NeoGenesis' IPO
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The prognosis originally looked good: Investors viewed the biotech market as being strong compared to other industries; many biotech companies had promising products ready for release; NeoGenesis Pharmaceutical had a good product.

Business Briefs
Citibank opens NRI Center in Washington
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Victor Menezes, chairman and CEO of Citibank NA, inaugurated a new Non-Resident Indian Center in Washington, D.C., located at 1775, Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Merrill Lynch unit to target Asian Indians in U.S.
NEW YORK — Merrill Lynch announced the formation of a new business unit, Multicultural and Diversified Business Development, headed by Subha Barry. It was also announced that Jyoti Chopra would run business strategy for the group.

Executive Profile
Making her mark
NEW YORK — It is not an easy transition moving from academia to industry, but Anu D. Saad, CEO and chairman of Impath Inc., has made it look remarkably simple.

Financial Updates
Asyst sees big drop in revenue
FREMONT, Calif. — Asyst Technologies Inc. said its net sales for its third quarter were $37.3 million, down 71 percent from the $128 million reported for the comparable quarter one year ago, which was the company's peak revenue quarter in the last industry upcycle.

Ethan Allen sales take hit, but Kathwari is optimistic
DANBURY, CONN. — Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. reported that its second quarter sales were down Sales were $222.9 million in the quarter compared to $232.7 million in the prior year second quarter. Retail sales were up 7.5 percent since last year's second quarter but comparable Ethan Allen-owned store sales were lower by 6.4 percent. Sales for the six-month period ended December 31, 2001 were $429.6 million compared to $443.9 million in the comparable prior year period.

Informatica's revenue rises in 2001 but not its income
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Informatica Corp., a provider of enterprise analytic software, announced results for its fiscal year that ended for the company on Dec. 31, 2001.

Magma Design's revenue jumps to $13.9 million
CUPERTINO, CALIF. — Magma Design Automation Inc., a provider of chip design solutions, reported an increase in revenue for the third quarter of its fiscal year, which ended Dec. 31, 2001

Revenue at Rohm and Haas down by 11 percent
PHILADELPHIA — Rohm and Haas Co., one of the world's largest manufacturers of specialty chemicals, announced that its revenue and income were down in fiscal year 2001.

Sovereign Bancorp's earnings remain solid
PHILADELPHIA — Sovereign Bancorp Inc. reported an increase in profits for its fiscal year despite tough times for banks and other companies.

Sycamore Network hit hard in second quarter
CHELMSFORD, Mass. — Sycamore Networks Inc.'s financial fortunes continued downward in the second quarter.

WebEx posts record revenue
SAN JOSE, Calif. — WebEx Communications Inc. announced record revenue results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year, while the company also reduced its losses.

Focus: Legal
Law professors to teach e-commerce course in India
CHICAGO — Internet privacy issues and e-commerce law are becoming big global matters, according to two Chicago law professors who will be lecturing on the other side of the world this spring.

Legal eagles
They were essentially technocrats and physicians when they made their exodus in the 1960s and 70s, carving a unique niche.

Legal options for companies with overseas operations
Especially over the last decade, Indian-owned businesses in the United States have experienced an unparalleled period of successful growth.

Legal snags can destroy any entrepreneur's large dreams
It has never been easy to be an entrepreneur. These days, however, the obstacles littering the road to riches seem overly forbidding. Pile on the significant legal issues that must be addressed by the entrepreneur and the path to prosperity appears bleak. What follows is a discussion of some of these legal issues.

Take the time to review your anti-discrimination policies
One of the most challenging, and potentially troublesome, issues confronting employers in today's work environment is an employee's charge of unlawful discrimination in the workplace.

Food
Pradeep Patnaik serves up growth for Montibello Foods
GRAHAM, N.C. — After trying out many different careers and traveling around the country and world for decades, Pradeep K. Patnaik was finally urged by his wife to just settle down at home in North Carolina. And so he did. Sort of. Patnaik, 57, may have physically settled down in North Carolina with his wife. But his Montibello Foods LLC is anything but settled down in terms of growth. In February, Patnaik's Montibello announced it had purchased Greensboro, N.C.-based Made-Rite Foods Inc., maker of 100 different ready-to-eat, individually wrapped fresh and frozen deli-type sandwiches. With the takeover of Made-Rite, Montibello Foods, founded only two years ago, now offers 120 different types of ready-to-eat products, from sandwiches to biscuits to frozen cookie dough. [Read more]

Forecast
Dhawan warns that economic recovery could be weak or delayed
ATLANTA — Rajeev Dhawan, the director of economic forecasting at Georgia State University's Economic Forecasting Center, remains cautiously optimistic about the economy, as he gave his quarterly forecast for the nation on Feb. 19.

Franchise
Be careful when fighting a hotel franchise termination
Although every hotel franchisee owner hopes that he never receives a franchise termination notice from his hotel franchisor, too many hotel franchisees unfortunately do receive such a termination notice.

Health Care
Physician, Smith & Nephew open center in India
Dr. Dinesh Patel recently fulfilled a dream when he helped bring together a global corporation, the Indian government and medical experts from several countries to open a first-of-its-kind teaching center in Ahmedabad, India.

Tata launches new health-care practice
NEW YORK — Tata Consulting Services, the fast-growing software and IT consulting firm, is launching a new health care practice in North America, a field the company has high hopes for its expansion plans.

Mergers & Acquisitions
Astral Point sold to French company for $135M
CHELMSFORD, Mass. — Astral Point Communications, co-founded and run by Raj Shanmugaraj, has been sold to the French networking equipment giant Alcatel. The sale price is about $135 million. Astral is considered a "front-runner in next-generation SONET metro optical systems.

Ciena buys ONI Systems for $900 million
LINTHICUM, Md. — Ciena Corp. said it is purchasing ONI Systems, co-founded by Rohit Sharma, in a deal valued at about $900 million.

MRSI acquired by Newport Corp.
IRVINE, Calif. — Newport Corp. said it has signed a definitive agreement to buy Micro Robotics Systems Inc., a privately held manufacturer of high-precision assembly and dispensing systems for various high-tech markets.

Navin Chaddha's Rivio Inc. buys CPABiz
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — CPA2Biz Inc., a strategic partner of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), announced that it has merged with Rivio Inc., headed by Navin Chaddha.

People
Famed 'fusion' restaurateur dies in Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Raji Jallepalli-Reiss, the restaurant owner and chef who gained national fame for marrying together classic Indian and French cuisines, died in late January from cancer. She was 52.

Vaswani joins Walden as partner; deal already in the works
SAN FRANCISCO — Dinesh Vaswani knows the software business has fallen on hard times. He sees that large corporate customers ignore small software companies these days, skittish the startups will quickly go out of business and leave customers stuck with outdated software. Venture capitalists fear that customers won't buy the product so they don't pony up investment dollars either, making the situation that much worse.

Technology
After splitting up Cabletron, Piyush Patel mulls his future
ROCHESTER, N.H. — When Piyush Patel took over as chief executive officer at Cabletron Inc., he had a vision for the company. It did not include him.

Coola Inc. shuts down after two years
WOBURN, Mass. — Coola Inc., which tried to change the way Palm Pilot users accessed information on the Internet, has gone out of business.

Venture Capital
Sitara Networks raises another $23M, pushing its total to $101M
WALTHAM, Mass. — Sitara Networks has landed another $23 million in venture capital. "At a time when venture capitalists are very selective about their investments, we are fortunate to be recognized by world-class investors as a company that will succeed in the current climate," said Malik Khan, Sitara's founder and chief executive officer. "Today's announcement allows us to build on recent successes, including nearly quadrupling our revenues year-over-year in 2001," he added, in a prepared statement.

Westbridge invests $3 million in Celetron
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Celetron International Ltd. has received an additional $3 million in venture funding, raising its total to $51 million as it tries to build up its electronic and optical manufacturing services.









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