Elsevier and MediMedia MAP Partner in Health

Leading International Medical Publisher Expands Elsevier Offering

Amsterdam, 1 August 2005

Elsevier, a leading global healthcare and scientific publisher, announced today that it has bought MediMedia's professional medical publishing businesses ("MediMedia MAP"). This expands existing publishing programs and digital services, accelerates growth, and meets the demand for structured continuing education amongst medical and allied healthcare professionals worldwide.

MediMedia MAP is a key provider of medical information in rapidly growing international healthcare markets. Based in France, Spain, the US, the UK, Italy and Mexico, MediMedia MAP publishes the prestigious imprints of Masson, Doyma and Netter, providing medical books, journals and reference information for the practitioner market as well as continuing medical education and pharmaceutical industry-sponsored communications.

"Needless to say, we are delighted that MediMedia MAP's key geographic markets, established titles, and specific areas of expertise provide such an excellent complement to Elsevier's,"commented Brian Nairn, CEO of Elsevier's Health Sciences, "We are confident that our global health publishing activities will provide our customers with enriched solutions and resources, further contributing to their professional success."

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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