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NEW YORK, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Piper Jaffray & Co. is pleased to host its 17th Annual Health Care Conference Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 25-27 in New York. This year's conference will feature presentations from over 120 of the most highly regarded and influential public company management teams in the biotechnology, specialty pharmaceuticals, health care facilities, drug discovery, medical technology, medical diagnostics and devices and health care services sectors. In addition, more than 50 of the leading late-stage private companies in the health care universe will present.

Highlighting the conference will be five separate panels and special presentations addressing high-profile issues affecting the entire health care industry, including:

    1. Spine Panel: Artificial Discs and the Future of Fusion The panel will be comprised of three leading physicians and researchers, including John Sherman, M.D., Thomas Errico, M.D. and Terry Corbin. They will discuss artificial discs, the newest spine technology, focusing on how this new technology will fit as a substitute or complement to existing fusion products.

    2. Current and Future Trends in Orthopedics Rich Seldes, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and director of orthopedics at North Shore University Hospital in Forest Hills, N.Y., Maryellen Keenan, operating room business manager at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and Richard Laskin, M.D., co-chief of the Knee Service: Hospital for Special Surgery and professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, will lead a discussion on current and future trends in orthopedics.

    3. FDA Perspectives on Drug Development Steven Galson, M.D., MPH, acting director of the Center of Drug Evaluation and Research and the FDA, will lead a discussion on the FDA perspectives on drug development.

    4. Tomorrow's Role for Molecular Diagnostics This panel features Ron McGlennen, M.D., president of Access Genetics, Doug Harrington, M.D., chief executive officer of Specialty Laboratories, Dr. Thomas White, chief scientific officer of Celera Diagnostics and Gail Page, president of Ciphergen Diagnostics, will lead a discussion on the future of molecular diagnostics with regard to medical conditions/markers, technologies and providers.

    5. "Blocking and Tackling" of Consumer-Directed Health care This panel will be comprised of four executives who are helping to drive the many changes necessary to meet the needs of a consumer-driven health care system. Accordingly, this panel will explore the multitude of operational, technological and financial changes necessary to seamlessly deliver a consumer-directed health care product, like today's Health care Savings Accounts (HSAs). The panel will be comprised of: Robert Patricelli, chairman and chief executive officer, Evolution Benefits; Bill Barr, executive vice president, Health Plan Operations, The Regence Group; Tony Bellomo, executive vice president, The Trizetto Group and Bradley Engel, national health and welfare product leader, Mellon.

Company and investor participation for the Piper Jaffray Health Care Conference is by invitation only. Clients interested in attending should contact their Piper Jaffray representative. Members of the media who would like to attend should contact Susan Beatty at (612) 303-5680 or susan.l.beatty@pjc.com.

Piper Jaffray & Co. is the chief operating subsidiary of Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC), a focused securities firm dedicated to delivering superior financial advice, investment products and transaction execution within selected sectors of the financial services marketplace. The company operates through two primary revenue-generating segments: Capital Markets and Private Client Services. Investment Research, an independent group reporting to the CEO, supports clients of both segments. Piper Jaffray & Co. has served corporations, government and non-profit entities, institutional investors and the financial advisory needs of private individuals since 1895. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray has approximately 3,000 employees in 111 offices in 23 states across the country and in London. For more information about Piper Jaffray, visit us online at http://www.piperjaffray.com .

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CONTACT: Susan Beatty, Media Relations of Piper Jaffray & Co., 612-303-5680
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