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New Sonic Technology Venture Booms on Inc. 500 list, Marking a Remarkable Encore Appearance for Inventor David Giuliani

Clarisonic(R) Is 'A-Buzz and A-Glow' Ranking No. 60 on Coveted 2009 List with Three-Year Sales Growth of 2,197 %

BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Inc. Magazine gave a nod for the second time to the entrepreneurial leadership of inventor David Giuliani by listing his latest venture, Clarisonic (Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, Inc.), within its annual top 500 ranking of the fastest growing private companies nationwide. Debuting as No. 60 on the list, Clarisonic brings sonic technology to skin care. Giuliani previously led Sonicare (Optiva Corp's sonic toothbrushes) to the top of the Inc. 500 list. A pioneer in changing the way people clean their teeth, Giuliani is now leading the sonic health and beauty revolution deploying gentle sonic vibrations to transform the way people care for their skin.

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"If you want to know which companies are going to change the world, look at the Inc. 500," said Inc. editor Jane Berentson. "These are the most dynamic, fast-growth companies in the nation, the ones finding innovative solutions to problems, creating smart systems, and inventing products we soon discover we can't live without. The Inc. 500 list is Inc. magazine's tribute to American business ingenuity and ambition."

Clarisonic's 2,197 percent growth is particularly noteworthy amidst tough economic times, a reflection of the true value that customers report getting from the company's products, and of the strong push the brand gets from dermatologists and spas that use the product professionally.

"The market place responds to products that deliver on their promises," commented Giuliani. "Much like Sonicare, Clarisonic's momentum and word-of-mouth buzz grows from customers who have discovered its unique benefits."

Giuliani employs a "Built in the USA" strategy to position Clarisonic for further growth. Headquartered in the Seattle area, the company assembles locally for optimal quality, and rapid product and process improvements. The company recommits itself to innovation by investing a significant percentage of company revenues in research and development.

"Behind Clarisonic's success are the many talented and hard working people on our Clarisonic team," said Giuliani. "At a time when most companies are laying low and laying off, Clarisonic is revving up new products, expanding U.S. manufacturing, and most importantly, hiring. Our exceptional growth demonstrates yet again the power of the American entrepreneurial spirit."

Recognizing that many aspiring inventors would benefit from Giuliani's story, Inc. 500 has invited him to share his insights about leadership at the 2009 Inc. 500 Conference, September 23-25, 2009 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Inc. 500 Methodology

The 2009 Inc. 500 measures revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2005, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies--as of December 31, 2008. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2005 is $200,000; the minimum for 2008 is $2 million.

About Inc. Magazine

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. (www.inc.com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today's innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,961, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit us online at Inc.com.

About Inc. 500|Inc. 5000 Conference

Each year, Inc. and Inc.com celebrate the remarkable achievements of today's entrepreneurial superstars--the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony brings together members of the Inc. 5000 community, both a new class of Inc. 5000 honorees and the list's alumni, for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. Please join us September 23-25, 2009, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. For more information about the 2009 Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony, and to register, visit www.Inc5000event.com. Stay connected with Inc. Events by following @IncEvents on Twitter.

About Pacific Bioscience Laboratories:

Pacific Bioscience Laboratories Inc. is a leading innovator in skin care and the creator of Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing, the first professional-caliber sonic skin care system for healthy, younger-looking skin and the cleansing standard of renowned spas, leading dermatologists and beauty retailers nationwide. The encore innovation from the primary inventor of Sonicare(R), Clarisonic represents Pacific Bioscience Laboratories' ongoing mission to develop and market technically advanced and clinically proven products that make a clear difference in skin care. Clarisonic is distributed through dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, spas and prestige retailers such as Sephora, Nordstrom, QVC, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ulta, Beauty.com and Skinstore.com. Clarisonic has been acknowledged as a beauty award winner by Women's Health magazine, InStyle magazine and by retailers QVC and Sephora. For more information, visit www.clarisonic.com.

Sonicare is a registered trademark of Philips Oral Healthcare, Inc., which is not affiliated with Pacific Bioscience Laboratories or Clarisonic.

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    email at [email protected] / Kate Wilkinson @ 323.866.6025 or
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