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Corticon CEO Mark Allen Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2011 Northern California Award Semifinalist


April 13, 2011 - Redwood City, CA

Corticon, a leading provider of business rules management systems (BRMS), today announced that Dr. Mark Allen, CEO of Corticon, has been named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Northern California Award semifinalist. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Allen was selected as a semifinalist from nearly 165 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 25, 2011, at The Fairmont San Jose.

Corticon provides software used to automate and improve decision-making processes, such as patient care, mortgage lending, and claims adjudication. Dr. Allen launched the company in 2000 after leaving a career in medicine. Over 450 customers, across a number of industries, now use Corticon to lower operational costs, increase customer satisfaction and generate higher profits.

"I am honored to be a semifinalist for this prestigious award," said Dr. Allen. "I share this honor with my team members at Corticon, whose exceptional efforts over many years have created extraordinary results."

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 12, 2011. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies, which will be held November 9-13, 2011.

Sponsors
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a national sponsor.

In Northern California, sponsors include Manpower, SAP, The Big Picture Film and Video Arts Inc, Smart Business, ADP, RoseRyan, Scherzer International, and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

About Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 141,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.

Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young LLP is a client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited operating in the US. For more information about our organization, please visit www.ey.com.

About Corticon
Corticon enables organizations to make better, faster decisions by automating business rules. Corticon's patented "no-coding" rules engine is used by over 450 customers worldwide to automate their most sophisticated decision processes, reducing development and change cycles by 90 percent. Automated decision management with Corticon empowers organizations to improve productivity and customer service, and adapt quickly to changing market conditions. For more information, visit www.corticon.com.

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