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Gerson Lehrman Group and iGuard, Inc. Partner to Offer Patients a Voice in Healthcare Industry Decisions
May 15, 2008 (08:05 AM EDT)


NEW YORK, May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Gerson Lehrman Group, the world's leading marketplace for expertise, today announced a partnership with iGuard.org, a Web-based community devoted to providing patients with the medication information they need to actively manage their own healthcare. iGuard.org provides personalized iGuard Risk Ratings, iGuard Safety Alerts, and a forum for patients to share their experience with other registered users who also want to get informed, stay informed, and share feedback about their medications.

Through this collaboration, Gerson Lehrman Group's clients, including many of the world's leading professional service firms, corporations, nonprofits, and financial services firms will now be able to tap the collective experience of iGuard.org's online patient community through surveys and research projects.

"We are very pleased to enter into this unique partnership with iGuard.org. By leveraging Gerson Lehrman Group's established Web-based tools and platforms, we can now provide the world's leading decision makers with an organized, effective approach to tap into a large patient community," said Alexander Saint-Amand, President and CEO of Gerson Lehrman Group. "Through this relationship, we can take an important step toward including patients' voices when educating professionals, so that they can make more informed healthcare decisions."

"We have seen tremendous response from the patient community to our mission of increasing and improving communication," said Hugo Stephenson, MD, Founder and President of iGuard.org. "This relationship with Gerson Lehrman Group is a natural extension of that effort, enabling patients to share their thoughts and preferences with those entities that can affect changes in the healthcare industry."

This collaboration brings together more than 175,000 experts in the GLG Councils with over 200,000 patients who are members of the iGuard.org community, providing decision makers with the ability to research a breadth of questions from an unmatched number of relevant viewpoints.

About Gerson Lehrman Group

Gerson Lehrman Group provides technology and services to support a marketplace for expertise. Since 1998, its platform for consultation and collaboration has helped the world's leading financial services firms, consultancies, corporations, and nonprofits find, engage, and manage experts in a broad range of industries and disciplines. Gerson Lehrman Group's unparalleled network of the world's leading expert consultants, known as the GLG Councils, includes more than 175,000 subject matter experts who educate and provide insight to decision makers through a wide range of consulting methods, including telephone consultations, expert surveys, and seminars. Gerson Lehrman Group has invested in one of the world's most sophisticated infrastructures for expert recruiting and compliance. For more information about Gerson Lehrman Group, please visit www.glgroup.com .

About iGuard.org

iGuard.org, headquartered in Princeton, NJ, is a free and secure source of information for registered users who want to get informed, stay informed and share feedback about their medications. It offers balanced and timely content to help patients manage their healthcare for themselves or loved ones. Registration is free online at iGuard.org.

Gerson Lehrman Group and the Gerson Lehrman Group logo are registered trademarks of Gerson Lehrman Group, in the United States and other countries. Failure to list any other Gerson Lehrman Group trademarks does not constitute a waiver of any rights to any Gerson Lehrman Group trademarks, including unregistered trademarks. Other names included in this press release may also be the registered or unregistered trademarks of their respective owners.

Gerson Lehrman Group Contact: Christopher M. Stella 212-880-6517 iGuard.org Contact: Mari Mansfield 919-998-2639

CONTACT: Christopher M. Stella of Gerson Lehrman Group, +1-212-880-6517;or Mari Mansfield of iGuard.org, +1-919-998-2639

Web site: http://www.glgroup.com/ http://www.iGuard.org/