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MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Piper Jaffray Specialty Pharmaceuticals Analyst Deborah Knobelman and Internet Media and Marketing Analyst Safa Rashtchy were recently ranked for their analytical expertise in Institutional Investor's 2005 All-America Research Team. Knobelman was recognized as a "Next Generation Analyst," for being voted as one of the best up-and-coming analysts and Rashtchy was named "Runner-Up" in Institutional Investor's Internet category.

Institutional Investor ranked the top three analysts in several sectors organized within 10 broad groups: Basic Materials, Capital Goods/Industrials, Consumer, Energy, Financial Institutions, Health Care, Media, Technology, Telecommunications and Macro. According to Institutional Investor, they "consulted almost 3,400 individuals at approximately 700 firms - including more than 86 of the 100 biggest U.S. equity managers."

"We are thrilled for Deb's honor as a 'Next Generation Analyst' and for Safa's recognition again as a 'Runner-Up' in the Internet category," said Joel Denney, head of Investment Research at Piper Jaffray. "Piper Jaffray is deeply committed to providing its clients with differentiated and proprietary research and this acknowledgment is a shining example of the capabilities of our research team."

Knobelman is a senior research analyst covering specialty pharmaceutical companies. She joined Piper Jaffray in 2004 from ThinkEquity Partners, where she was a senior research analyst covering the specialty pharmaceuticals sector. Prior to that, she followed specialty pharmaceuticals at J.P. Morgan and she received an "Honorable Mention" ranking from Institutional Investor magazine in 2003 and 2004 in the specialty pharmaceuticals sector. Knobelman earned a Ph.D. in neuropharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Duke University.

Rashtchy is a senior research analyst focused on the Internet media and marketing sector. He joined the Investment Research department of Piper Jaffray as a research analyst in 1997 and has published several technical papers and presented at various industry conferences. In addition, Rashtchy was named to The Wall Street Journal's "2002 Best on the Street" analyst survey as well as Institutional Investor magazine's "Home Run Hitters of 2001" top stock pickers list. Rashtchy also consistently enjoys the top ranking for his earnings accuracy, as compiled by StarMine. Rashtchy holds a master's in business administration, summa cum laude, from Boston University, and a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Purdue University.

The Piper Jaffray research team has been recognized by several other organizations in 2005. The team ranked fourth among 73 firms in the 2005 Wall Street Journal "Best on the Street" survey, it ranked eighth overall in the Forbes.com/StarMine analyst rankings and had nine analysts recognized for stock picking or earnings accuracy and it ranked ninth of 23 firms covering more than 500 stocks in the 2005 Investars.com research ranking.

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. Piper Jaffray & Co. has served corporations, government and non-profit entities, institutional investors and the financial advisory needs of private individuals since 1895. With headquarters in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray has approximately 3,000 employees in 104 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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