Press release | 17th June 2008

IDBS Founder and CEO, Neil Kipling, Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Guildford, UK, June 17, 2008 – IDBS is today proud to announce Neil Kipling, founder and CEO, has been awarded an honorary doctorate (DUniv) from the University of Surrey.

Since being founded by Neil Kipling in 1989, IDBS has grown to become one of the world’s leading providers of data management software to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The company has been trading for almost 20 years in a highly competitive marketplace and boasts an enviable customer base that includes 18 of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies. Neil believes that a number of key factors have contributed to the companies continuous success story – including IDBS’ location on The Surrey Research Park, his personal association with the local community and university as well as the company’s partnership approach and ability to support a diverse customer base.

Dr. Malcolm Parry, Director, The Surrey Research Park, who proposed Neil for this award, commented: “Neil’s career reflects his versatility as an outstanding entrepreneur who has continued to contribute to building the knowledge-based economy not just regionally, but internationally.” He added: “IDBS has remained profitable and has continued to report excellent sales and revenue growth. The Surrey Research Park provides an innovative environment upon which IDBS has built its success. All of us at The Surrey Research Park and at the University would like to congratulate him on his doctorate, as well as for his many other successes, and the triumphs still to come.”

Neil Kipling, founder and CEO, commented: “This is a great honour, not just for me but for the whole team here at IDBS. Seeing the company evolve to what it is today inspires me to achieve ever greater levels of success for IDBS. As a company, we have already achieved so many good things, but there is still so much still to come!”

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