Softberry selects CTC Laboratory Systems Corporation

as exclusive distributor of its software in Japan

Mount Kisco, NY and Tokyo, Japan March 21, 2002 - Softberry, Inc. and CTC Laboratory Systems Corporation (CTCLS) announce the strategic agreement granting CTCLS exclusive rights to distribute Softberry's entire product line in Japan. CTCLS will also provide front-line maintenance for Softberry's products at that market.

"CTCLS was the obvious choice for Softberry to bring our products to Japanese market," says Dr. Valery Sagitov, president of Softberry. "Our expanding product line, which now includes, in addition to well-known gene finding programs, a wide array of tools for genome mapping, EST clustering, and protein structure analysis and modeling, requires bringing global sales and support effort to a totally new level. CTCLS's strong commitment to customer satisfaction and excellent support team makes them an ideal partner in achieving that goal".

About Softberry

Softberry, Inc. (Mount Kisco, NY, USA) is a leading developer of software tools for genomic and proteomic research. Its list of commercial products includes family of gene prediction (Fgenesh, Fgenesh+, Fgenesh-2) and regulatory region prediction (TSSW/TSSG, PromH, NSITE) programs, genome comparison and mapping tools (FMAP, OLIGO_MAP, ESTS_MAP, DBScan and others), genome information integration tool Genome Explorer, Seltag - program for analysis of expression data with selection of drug targets, protein structure modeling programs (Getatoms, H-modeler) and many others. Softberry's customers include over 50 leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as academic research institutions, worldwide. The company is privately held by its management and research staff. Additional information is provided at www.softberry.com.

About CTCLS

CTC Laboratory Systems Corporation (Tokyo, Japan), a division of ITOCHU TECHNO-SCIENCE Corporation, is Japan's leading provider of total information technology solutions for pharmaceutical, chemical, and food processing industries, as well as life sciences research institutions. Additional information on CTC group can be found at www.ctc-g.co.jp.

Contact: Softberry, Inc., Mount Kisco, NY, tel. (914) 242-3592
CTC Laboratory Systems Corp., Tokyo, Japan, tel. +81-3-3419-9171

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