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For Immediate Release — November 18, 2004

Yost Joins VDF Board of Directors

LAKEWOOD, CO – Mary L. Yost, co-founder of The Sage Group, Atlanta, GA, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Vascular Disease Foundation. Based in Atlanta, The Sage Group conducts independent research offering clients a unique disease-based approach to investing in the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries.

Ms. Yost is recognized as an experienced research analyst in the health care sector. She has more than three decades’ experience on Wall Street as a buy-side and sell-side analyst, as well as portfolio management and venture capital investment and has worked for such firms as Montgomery Securities, EF Hutton, Interstate Johnson Lane and Builder Investment Group.

During her career, Ms. Yost has researched all areas of health care products and services, including medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. She has been particularly successful in identifying major trends in the health care industry and analyzing the investment impact of these changes on specific sub-sectors and companies.

Ms. Yost is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Geography with distinction in general scholarship. She received an MBA in Finance from UC Berkeley in 1970.

About the Vascular Disease Foundation:

The Vascular Disease Foundation is a nonprofit, public educational organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and management of vascular diseases.  Its outstanding board of directors includes physicians, nurses, vascular sonographers, rehabilitation professionals, and clinical researchers who have been on the forefront of fighting vascular diseases for many years.

For more information on VDF, or on vascular diseases, call 1-866-723-4636 or visit www.vdf.org.