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Huron Consulting Group And Forte Research Systems Announce Strategic Alliance

Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ: HURN), a leading provider of business consulting services, today announced a strategic alliance with Forte Research Systems, a leading provider of enterprise research software, to enhance joint offerings to research institutions. The Huron-Forte alliance is the result of a shared commitment to offer impactful consulting services and effective software solutions to the research industry to provide clients the following:

“The Huron-Forte alliance allows both organizations to provide greater value to our shared clients,” said Rick Rohrbach, managing director, Huron Consulting Group. “Huron can help clients transform their clinical research business processes using Forte’s OnCore. Huron will help Forte customers optimize the implementation of OnCore and other Forte software solutions to improve their return on investment. Most importantly, the interfaces between our systems will provide customers a seamless and effective research administration solution.”

“The Huron-Forte relationship will help clients gain greater efficiency with their clinical trials portfolio. With increasing enterprise-wide implementations and adoption of OnCore, Huron brings the required experience in operational and implementation planning to serve a growing need,” said Srini Kalluri, president and chief executive officer, Forte Research Systems. “Existing and new OnCore clients will also be able to take advantage of a planned standards-based interface between Huron’s Click IRB and OnCore application, which will further enhance researcher productivity. Through this alliance, we are building on past success in working closely together to broadly address customer needs. The people and approaches on both sides are aligned well for taking this important step together.”

The Huron-Forte alliance aims to increase researcher productivity and improve compliance oversight through tight integration of the two companies’ products and services. Huron will expand its ability to provide clinical trials solutions beyond its current highly configurable Click Portal. At the same time, Forte gains a deployment partner with significant industry expertise and scale to accelerate the market adoption of their leading OnCore product, which includes CTMS, electronic data capture, and biospecimen management functionality.

About Forte Research Systems

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, Forte Research Systems, Inc. develops and markets clinical and translational research software for better research compliance, patient safety, operational efficiency, and financial viability. The company's flagship product, the OnCore Enterprise Research system, has been meeting the needs of academic medical centers, CTSAs, research hospitals, and cancer centers for over a dozen years. Now, its proven electronic data capture platform is available as a stand-alone hosted solution for academic researchers, Overture EDC. For research sites, site networks, and SMOs, Forte offers Allegro ® CTMS. Forte is also host to the Clinical Research Blog and other resources for individuals interested in excellence in clinical research operations.

About Click, a Huron Solution

Huron's Click ® Portal software has been developed to meet the needs of leading academic medical centers and research institutions throughout North America. Click solutions are deployed by consulting experts from Huron Education working in conjunction with local client teams. Configurable applications for grants administration, research compliance, and clinical trials efficiently manage the business of research by combining information technology with industry best practices. Huron Education’s professionals have worked with more than 95 of the top 100 research universities in the U.S. More information can be found at www.huronconsultinggroup.com/click or follow us on Twitter: @Huron.

About Huron Consulting Group

Huron Consulting Group helps clients in diverse industries improve performance, reduce costs, leverage technology, process and review large amounts of complex data, address regulatory changes, recover from distress and stimulate growth. Our professionals employ their expertise in administration, management, finance, operations, strategy and technology to provide our clients with specialized analyses and customized advice and solutions that are tailored to address each client's particular challenges and opportunities to deliver sustainable and measurable results. The Company provides consulting services to a wide variety of both financially sound and distressed organizations, including healthcare organizations, leading academic institutions, Fortune 500 companies, governmental entities and law firms. Huron has worked with more than 95 of the top 100 research universities, more than 400 corporate general counsel, and more than 385 hospitals and academic medical centers. Learn more at www.huronconsultinggroup.com.

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