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Heritage Oaks Bancorp
Chairman Bryant to Retire From Heritage Oaks Bancorp Board
PASO ROBLES, Calif., Dec. 11, 2006 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Heritage Oaks Bancorp (Nasdaq:HEOP), parent company of Heritage Oaks Bank, today announced the retirement of Dr. B. R. Bryant from its Board of Directors. Bryant will retire as Chairman and as a director of the Company and its subsidiary, Heritage Oaks Bank, effective at the annual meeting scheduled for May 24, 2007.
MorphoSys Presents New RapMAT Antibody Technology
MARTINSRIED, Germany, Dec. 11, 2006 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- MorphoSys AG (Frankfurt:MOR) (Prime Standard Segment, TecDAX) announced today the successful completion of their novel RapMAT(tm) technology for faster antibody optimization. RapMAT(tm), which stands for "rapid maturation," improves the options for identifying antibodies from the HuCAL GOLD library and reduces the time for generation of promising lead molecules. The new technology has the potential to further improve MorphoSys's antibody engineering process in both of its business segments. The technology will be presented at the 17th IBC Antibody Engineering conference in San Diego, California.
Micron Enviro Systems, Inc.
Micron Enviro Systems Announces Drilling to Commence On Alberta Oil Sands Prospect
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 11, 2006 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Micron Enviro Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:MENV), (Frankfurt:NDDA), (WKN:A0J3PY), ("Micron") is pleased to announce that it has been informed by the operator that drilling is set to commence on one of its Alberta Oil Sands Prospects that it has interest in. Micron has forwarded all monies relating to drilling and seismic operations and it is anticipated that drilling and seismic will both be completed in December 2006. The seismic operations and test drilling will enable Micron to delineate the potential size of the oil sands resource in place. This prospect is in close proximity to Petrobank's Whitesands Project that they have reported has 1.6 billion barrels of bitumen in place.
Dow Jones Indexes
Component Changes Made to Dow Jones China Indexes
BEIJING, Dec. 11, 2006 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Dow Jones Indexes, a leading global index provider, today announced changes in the composition of the Dow Jones China Index Series (Dow-China Indexes). Component changes in the Dow Jones China Total Market (Dow-China Total Market), Dow Jones Shanghai (Dow-Shanghai), Dow Jones Shenzhen (Dow-Shenzhen), and Dow Jones CBN China 600 indexes will be effective on December 18, 2006.
Dow Jones Financial Information Services
Global Venture Capital Investment On Track in 2006 to Top $32 Billion, Leading to Most Capital Invested Since 2001
SAN FRANCISCO, LONDON and SHANGHAI, Dec. 11, 2006 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- With $25.39 billion invested after the first three quarters of the year, venture capital activity in the U.S., Europe, China and Israel in 2006 is poised to hit a five-year high and register the highest annual investments since 2001, according to a global year end analysis by Dow Jones VentureOne and Ernst & Young. This year, investment is expected to top $32 billion after the fourth quarter. Global deal flow, however, remains constrained and is expected to fall slightly short of the 3,931 deals completed in 2005.