New Zealand Biotech Company Argenta Wins $100,000 Cisco Makeover Competition

Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:00pm EST

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  AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, Jan 15 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) has today announced Kiwi biotech company Argenta as
the winner of the 2011 Cisco New Zealand Communications Makeover
Competition. Selected from 125 entries, Argenta will receive NZ$100,000
worth of technology and installed services sponsored by Cisco and Orcon.

    "Argenta is an exciting New Zealand biotech company that is ready for the
kind of technology-based business transformation the Cisco Communications
Makeover offers," says Geoff Lawrie, New Zealand country manager for
Cisco. 

    "As an export-orientated business growing the business to several new
locations outside New Zealand, the innovative, collaborative business
solution technologies offered by the Cisco Makeover will improve the
internal collaboration between Argenta's New Zealand and United States
offices, as well as help them be more productive and to engage more
closely with their customers and business prospects everywhere," Lawrie
added.

    Dr Doug Cleverly, chief executive officer of Argenta, confirmed winning
the technology prize was timely and would help Argenta work more
effectively across its global business.

    "We know that video and web conferencing has the potential to improve our
internal collaboration and support our business goals for expansion into
new markets. With Cisco and Orcon's expertise and support, we look
forward to realising the benefits of evolving our existing technology
strategy and future-proofing our business for growth."

    The Cisco NZ$100,000 Communications Makeover was open to all New Zealand
businesses with between 20 and 100 employees. New Zealand applicants
needed to submit 60 words describing how winning the Cisco Communications
Makeover would help grow their business.

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Argenta

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