Inc. Magazine Names Academic Network One of America's 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

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Academic Network Ranks No. 2,526 on the 2008 Inc. 5,000, No. 40 in the Portland Metro Region with Three-Year Sales Growth of 141%

Our second annual Inc. 5000 continues the most ambitious project in business journalism

Inc. has ranked Academic Network No. 2,526 on its annual ranking of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy - America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.

Academic Network Placed No. 40 in Growth for the Portland Metro Region
"We're able to hire more people and our business is growing because of our expanding partnerships and extended outsourcing consumer care solutions with industry giants like ConAgra, GlaxoSmithKline, Fleishman-Hillard, and Boston Scientific," says Academic Network President, David McCarron, MD, FACP, who has appeared in the New York Times, CBS, PBS, NPR and CNN. "We wouldn't have this success without Portland's rich multilingual healthcare workforce."

"Our second annual Inc. 5000 continues the most ambitious project in business journalism," said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. "The Inc. 5000 gives an unrivalled portrait of young, underreported companies across all industries doing fascinating things with cutting-edge business models, as well as older companies that are still showing impressive growth."

Academic Network provides health care communication solutions via its call center and web-based services for pharmaceutical companies, food and beverage companies, and medical centers. The firm's health education consulting team mans a live, toll-free call center for consumer queries, helps with patient recruitment, program development and the management of governmental and health professional relations. Academic Network is also in the business of developing non-branded websites for their clients seeking to provide online resource centers on specific health and medical issues.

"We regularly partner with Academic Network to develop and implement clinical trial recruitment programs for our pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. Their targeted recruitment strategies, ability to ramp up call center and prescreening, processes on aggressive timeframes, and network of medical and scientific counsel are as innovative as they come," said Mindy Warner, Senior Vice President and Partner.

Food and beverage industries, clinical research organizations, biotechnology, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries as well as public relation firms seek Academic Network's healthcare communication expertise. The term "one stop" clearly applies to Academic Network, whose all medical staff excels at:

  • Contact center solutions: call center, IVR, online, fullfillment
  • Clinical trial recruitment: site support, online screening services
  • Consumer affairs counsel: direct to consumer educational campaigns
  • Compliance counsel: adverse events reporting and customer care
  • Healthcare operators and contact center staffing: medical & nutritional expertise
  • New online media communications: web design, blogging, social networking
  • Medical Advisory Boards and Medical Experts

About Inc. 500|Inc. 5000 Conference
Each year, Inc. magazine and Inc.com celebrate the remarkable achievements of today's entrepreneurial superstars -- the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 500|Inc. 5000 Conference brings together members of the Inc. 5000 community--both a new class of Inc. 5000 honorees and the list's alumni--for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. For the first time ever, this powerful networking event is open to all. Please join us September 18-20, 2008 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. For more information or to register, visit http://www.Inc500Conference.com or call us at 877-211-0489.

About Academic Network
Academic Network is a leading medical and health communications company conceived by academic professionals to serve as a singular source for communicating health-related issues to consumers and health professionals. Academic Network works with leading pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and other Fortune 500 companies, as well as healthcare organizations, in developing effective communications strategies through consulting, telecommunications, internet and new media resources. The firm offers the combined technological and medical expertise necessary to meet the demands and expectations of today's health-focused public. Visit Academic Network at http://www.academicnetwork.com.

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