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Chiron Corporation Chooses Open Text Livelink Solution for Alliance Management System

San Mateo, CA – 1996-10-31 – Open Text Corporation (OTEX:NASDAQ) of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada today announced that biotechnology company Chiron Corporation (CHIR:NASDAQ) of Emeryville, California has chosen the Livelink solution as the basis for a global alliance management system. The system implementation, to be completed by the end of this year, is initially being rolled out at the company's corporate headquarters.

When the planned global installation is completed by the end of 1997, the majority of Chiron's managers who are responsible for alliances and contracts around the world will be using the new Livelink system.

"Open Text's Livelink suite has the integrated, collaborative computing architecture we need, in an easy to install, intuitive client/server package," said Steve Cedeno, Manager, Chiron Contract Compliance and Analysis. "The system also has an easy upgrade path to Open Text's Livelink Intranet suite when we decide to 'go to the net' to implement a web-based intranet system."

The Livelink-based contract management system is replacing inefficient paper-based manual systems and will allows users easy, shared access to the hundreds of contracts and alliance-related documents that reside in numerous databases across the company.

"Our Livelink C/S solution, in use at firms as diverse as British Petroleum and United Airlines, has always been a best-of-breed solution," said Tom Jenkins, President & CEO, Open Text Corporation, "and provides the perfect stepping stone to our Livelink Intranet solutions when Chiron decides to go that route. This is a strength that few other collaborative computing vendors can provide, and which has attracted other bio-technology and pharmaceutical firms such as Amgen and Genzyme."

Running on the Sun/Solaris platform and using an Oracle relational database, Open Text's Livelink solution offers an easy user interface and graphical workflow painter as part of the new alliance management system. The initial pilot has been implemented on a client/server platform and can be upgraded to a standalone Intranet version.

About Chiron Corporation

Chiron Corporation is a science-driven healthcare company that combines diagnostic, vaccine and therapeutic strategies for controlling disease. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, near San Francisco, with operations on four continents, Chiron had revenues in 1995 of more than $1 billion. Chiron participates in four global healthcare markets: diagnostics, including immunodiagnostics, critical care diagnostics and new quantitative probe tests; therapeutics, with an emphasis on oncology and infectious disease; pediatric and adult vaccines; and ophthalmic surgical products for the correction of vision.