Pharmaceutical Executive Wins Another Prestigious Neal Award

Advanstar Communications Inc. announced that its Pharmaceutical Executive magazine was awarded, for the second year in a row, the coveted Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for editorial excellence from the American Business Media (ABM).

PHARMACEUTICAL EXECUTIVE WINS ANOTHER PRESTIGIOUS NEAL AWARD

CLEVELAND, OHIO -March 20, 2003- Advanstar Communications Inc. announced that its Pharmaceutical Executive magazine was awarded, for the second year in a row, the coveted Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for editorial excellence from the American Business Media (ABM).  Pharmaceutical Executive’s Managing Editor Judy Sawyer accepted the award in front of hundreds of business publishing peers at the awards luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on March 12.  Also in attendance from the winning editorial team were L.J. Sellers, Sibyl Shalo, Joanna Breitstein and Al Branch.

Pharmaceutical Executive received top-honors in the Best Single Issue of a Magazine category beating Ziff Davis Media’s CIO Insight and Jobson Publishing Company’s Review of Optometry.

The team’s entry was also named the third runner up for the Grand Neal.  The Grand Neal is awarded to the publication judged to have the best entry.  This year there were 1,093 entries.  Pharmaceutical Executive took home the Grand Neal award in last year’s competition for its Discovery! series of articles.

Pharmaceutical Executive is designed to meet the diverse information needs of management and marketing professionals in the pharmaceutical industry worldwide. Editorial covers marketing, sales and promotion, as well as legal and regulatory issues.

The Jesse H. Neal Awards were created 49 years ago to recognize and reward excellence in independent business publications. The awards are named after ABM's first managing director who remained active in promoting the business press throughout his life. The Neal Awards are presented annually to those editors who have submitted entries exhibiting journalistic enterprise, extent of service to the field and editorial craftsmanship.

Advanstar Communications Inc. is a worldwide business information company serving specialized markets with high quality information resources and integrated marketing solutions. Advanstar has 105 business magazines and directories, 80 tradeshows and conferences, numerous Web sites, and a wide range of direct marketing, database and reference products and services. Advanstar serves targeted market sectors in such industries as art, automotive, beauty, collaboration/e-learning, CRM/call center, digital media, entertainment/marketing, fashion & apparel, healthcare, manufacturing and processing, pharmaceutical, powersports, science, telecommunications and travel/hospitality. The Company has nearly 1,300 employees and currently operates from multiple offices in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.advanstar.com.

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