Polycom® RealPresence® Video Solutions and Microsoft® Lync™ Unify Video, Voice and Data Communications to Help Leading

  Polycom® RealPresence® Video Solutions and Microsoft® Lync™ Unify Video,
  Voice and Data Communications to Help Leading Pharmaceutical Company Lonza
  Expand Global Collaboration

  Solutions facilitate face-to-face collaboration with clients and contacts
  worldwide across 90 sites and 11,000 employees, to increase productivity,
                       reduce downtime and travel costs

Business Wire

LONDON -- January 8, 2013

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based
unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced that Lonza,
one of the world's leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and
life science industries, is using a combination of Microsoft® Lync™ Server
2010 and Polycom® RealPresence® video solutions, implemented by Polycom
service provider partner Orange Business Services, to provide an end-to-end
unified communications and collaboration solution to over 11,000 staff across
90 sites around the world. Lonza employees, who are based in multiple
locations and involved in a wide range of chemical and biological active
pharmaceutical projects from research to final product manufacture, can now
securely communicate via video, voice, instant messaging, and presence no
matter where team members are located.

Lonza has also extended their video collaboration to include Polycom®
RealPresence® Immersive video suites (Polycom® OTX™ series) and Polycom®
RealPresence® Room video solutions (Polycom® HDX® 8000 systems), all powered
by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform – interoperable and comprehensive UC&C
software infrastructure for universal video collaboration. The RealPresence
Platform delivers a highly personalized experience to every user, where staff
can click a name on their Lync contact list and instantly connect and
collaborate together, face-to-face via Polycom video on their desktop or in a
conference room-based system to bring people together in high definition.

“We chose Polycom primarily for their experience and reputation; secondly, the
interoperability with other systems; and thirdly because of the strength of
its strategic relationship and commitment to integrate with Microsoft Lync,”
said Ernst Hutter, Head of Global IT Infrastructure, Lonza. “The combination
of Microsoft Lync and Polycom video collaboration has significantly changed
our way of working in the last two years. We have more and more home users and
this has allowed the organization to implement a more flexible working
environment, so employees can work more effectively away from the office and
securely join video meetings from home or on the move.”

Video Bridges the Distance among Global Locations for the Lowest TCO

Dispersed over many different business groups and locations, Lonza has seen
global collaboration increase through the use of high-definition multi-party
video conferences, enabling teams to gather information together and
collaborate on documents live over video. One of initial driving forces behind
Lonza utilizing video collaboration was to reduce its travelling costs, but
after a while they discovered another important aspect, it saves time and
makes the team more productive. They found that conducting meetings over video
avoided the time taken to plan for a meeting involving travel. The use of
video conferencing bridges the distances between global locations to cross
both language and cultural barriers as video collaboration has become central
to the way Lonza does business and the travel desk now encourages employees to
use video instead of travelling to meetings.

More Efficient and Personalized Collaboration

The Polycom OTX immersive video suites and HDX Room video solutions are being
used by all Lonza employees for a wide variety of meetings – from management
and board meetings, to facilitating inter-departmental meetings and expediting
quality control group meetings. Additionally, HR uses the rooms for global
training and interviews without the need to travel.

Improved Productivity and Work-Life Balance

Lonza have seen a major adoption of video conferencing as it empowers staff to
communicate and collaborate whilst experiencing the benefits of increased
flexibility. Staff now have more time to do their jobs and be more productive
rather than be tired from jetlag due to travelling from Europe to China to the
United States. Video collaboration provides Lonza with flexibility and speed,
enabling them to meet people within the same week without the need for travel.

About Lonza

Lonza is one of the world's leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical,
healthcare and life science industries. Products and services span its
customers’ needs from research to final product manufacture. It is the global
leader in the production and support of chemical and biological active
pharmaceutical ingredients. Biopharmaceuticals are one of the key growth
drivers of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Lonza has strong
capabilities in large and small molecules, peptides, amino acids and niche
bioproducts which play an important role in the development of novel medicines
and healthcare products. Lonza is also the world leader in microbial control
providing innovative, chemistry-based and related solutions to destroy or to
selectively inhibit the growth of harmful microorganisms. Its activities
encompass the areas of water treatment, personal care, health and hygiene,
industrial preservation, materials protection, and wood treatment. In
addition, Lonza is a leader in cell-based research, endotoxin detection and
cell therapy manufacturing. Furthermore, the company is a leading provider of
value chemical and biotech ingredients to the nutrition and agro markets.

Lonza is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and is listed on the SIX Swiss
Exchange and secondary listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading
Limited (“SGX-ST”). Lonza is not subject to the SGX-ST’s continuing listing
requirements. Lonza is subject to the listing rules of the SIX Swiss Exchange,
which do not have specific requirements equivalent to the listing rules of the
SGX-ST in respect of interested person transactions, acquisition and
realizations, and delisting. In 2011, the company had sales of CHF 2.692
billion. Further information can be found at www.lonza.com.

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications
and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted
by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered
by the Polycom^® RealPresence^® Platform, comprehensive software
infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of
communication, business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver
secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its
ecosystem of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications
solutions that deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor
interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit www.polycom.com or connect with us on
Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn how we’re pushing the greatness of
human collaboration forward.

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Contact:

Polycom, Inc.
Sarah Brambley, +44(0)1753 723130
EMEA PR Manager
sarah.brambley@polycom.com
 
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