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Leading Pharmaceutical Company's Chooses the BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform Based on Open Standards

High Wycombe, United Kingdom, December 4, 2001 -- BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), one of the leading applications infrastructure software companies, today announced that it has won a contract with the Discovery Information Systems division of AstraZeneca, one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. BEA WebLogic(r) Server was selected to provide the company with an open platform for application delivery.

"Having taken advice from industry analysts, we reviewed a broad range of solutions," said Neil Chadwick, technical architect and application server component manager for AstraZeneca Discovery IS. "When compared to alternative application servers, BEA WebLogic Server was clearly the most appropriate solution for our business."

The management of research data is one of the biggest issues for IT departments across the pharmaceutical industry. The amount of data doubles every nine months. Researchers are required to search manually for information across numerous sources within the organisation or replicate tests already completed but stored in remote locations.

BEA WebLogic Server(tm) will form part of the platform to integrate research data from across AstraZeneca Discovery's 10 global sites, enabling the data to be accessible to anyone who needs it. This will allow, for example, a person in Canada to access data from tests done in Sweden. AstraZeneca will provide a variety of tools for further analyzing and manipulating that data.

The increase in productivity in drug research should result in a significant reduction in drug development costs for AstraZeneca and a significant improvement in new leads. Each day a potential drug is not on the market can cost a pharmaceutical company millions of dollars in lost sales. The speed with which Discovery will be able to share information across the world should improve the quality of decision making, prevent duplication and reduce development time and cost.

"BEA is at the forefront of J2EE technologies, implements new standards quickly, is well-supported by third-party vendors and should enable new applications to be integrated much faster than other offerings," continued Chadwick. "J2EE is a new route for us from our traditional client server model, but it is clearly the path we need to take for scalable, reliable global solutions. BEA WebLogic gives us greater integration ability, thus reducing project costs - essential in an increasingly competitive market such as ours."

Approximately 3,500 Discovery users will eventually have access to applications based on the BEA WebLogic Server technology. Sites in Sweden, the United States and the UK will go live first. AstraZeneca expects the application to be live across all sites over the next five years. Two platforms will be hosting the BEA WebLogic Server - a primary Sun Solaris platform for non-regulated systems and a Windows 2000 platform for regulated systems. Both platforms will also support Oracle and a variety of specialised Discovery tools.

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a major international healthcare business engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of ethical (prescription) pharmaceuticals and the supply of healthcare services. It is one of the top five pharmaceutical companies in the world with healthcare sales of .8 billion and leading positions in sales of gastrointestinal, oncology, anaesthesia including pain management, cardiovascular, central nervous system (CNS) and respiratory products.

About BEA

BEA Systems, Inc. is one of the world's leading e-business infrastructure software companies, with more than 11,800 customers around the world, including the majority of the Fortune Global 500. BEA and its WebLogic(r) brand are among the most trusted names in e-business. Businesses built on the award-winning BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform( are reliable, highly scalable, and poised to bring new services to market quickly. BEA's e-business platform is the de facto standard for more than 2,100 system integrators, independent software vendors (ISVs) and application service providers (ASPs) to provide complete solutions that fast-track and future-proof e-businesses for high growth and profitability.

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 96 offices in 34 countries and is on the Web at

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Lucille van der Wateren
BEA Systems Ltd.
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