Courtagen Life Sciences Using Level 3's Global Network to Accelerate Secure Delivery of Critical DNA Research Data

 Courtagen Life Sciences Using Level 3's Global Network to Accelerate Secure
                    Delivery of Critical DNA Research Data

PR Newswire

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Jan. 16, 2013

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications,
Inc.(NYSE: LVLT) today announced that Courtagen Life Sciences Inc., a global
life sciences company and clinically certified genetic testing lab, is using
Level 3's secure, efficient network solutions to directly download and
transmit massive amounts ofdatato generate clinically actionable results for


Level 3's network supports Courtagen's
proprietaryplatformcalledZiPhyr™,which uses several databases and
algorithm metrics to determine the pathogenicityor clinical relevance of
genetic mutations in patient DNA.The system allows clinicians to generate
results from a patient sample in days versus months. Courtagen uses Level
3®Ethernet Private Line service to transport data to Amazon Web Services
(AWS) via AWS Direct Connect, which gives enterprises a consistent, resilient
network experience through dedicated connectivity provided by Level 3 to
access enterprise resources. This capability enables Courtagen to securely and
more quickly download and transmit the massive amounts of data required to
generate actionable patient results.

"Level 3's secure, global network is invaluable to the work we do," said
Brendan McKernan, president and co-founder of Courtagen Life Sciences.
"Courtagen gathers terabytes of data, compresses the data, and, in the past,
had to physically ship it to our cloud provider for processing, distribution,
and use by our physicians. Now, Level 3's direct connection to AWS helps us
meet stringent HIPAA security requirements and delivers that data in a
fraction of the typical industry turnaround time."

Level 3 is an AWS Partner Network (APN) Technology Partner. The Level 3
international fiber-optic network is uniquely equipped to help scale in
response to enterprise adoption of cloud-based services. With this
collaboration, Level 3 can provide businesses private, dedicated connectivity
to AWS.

"We are pleased that Courtagen Life Services has chosen Level 3 to support
their unique service needs," said Andrew Crouch, Level 3 regional president of
North America. "We're delighted our comprehensive portfolio of managed and
unmanaged services continues to meet healthcare customers' requirements for
security, reliability and HIPAA compliance."

For more information on Level 3's advanced network and service offerings,

About Courtagen Life Sciences Inc.
Based in Woburn, Massachusetts (USA), Courtagen Life Sciences is a privately
held life sciences company that provides innovative proteomic and genomic
products and services to the life sciences industry. Founded by innovators in
next-generation sequencing, genetics, molecular biology, and information
science, the company delivers tools to enable researchers and clinicians to
make better decisions regarding drug development and patient care. For more
information, please visit:

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) provides local, national and global
communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level
3's comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and
infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area
Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based
solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 450 markets in 45 countries
over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three
continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more
information, please visit

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The information contained under the caption About Courtagen Life Sciences Inc.
has been provided by Courtagen Life Sciences Inc., which is solely responsible
for its content.

Forward-Looking Statement

Some statements made in this press release are forward-looking in nature and
are based on management's current expectations or beliefs. These
forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject
to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside
Level 3's control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from
those expressed or implied by the statements. Important factors that could
prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited
to,the company's ability to: successfully integrate the Global Crossing
acquisition or otherwise realize the anticipated benefits thereof; manage
risks associated with continued uncertainty in the global economy; obtain
additional financing, particularly in the event of disruptions in the
financial markets; manage continued or accelerated decreases in market pricing
for communications services; maintain and increase traffic on its network;
develop and maintain effective business support systems; manage system and
network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer
demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes
that could adversely affect the company's competitiveness; defend intellectual
property and proprietary rights; obtain capacity for its network from other
providers and interconnect its network with other networks on favorable terms;
attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully
integrate future acquisitions; effectively manage political, legal,
regulatory, foreign currency and other risks it is exposed to due to its
substantial international operations; mitigate its exposure to contingent
liabilities; and meet all of the terms and conditions of its debt obligations.
Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be
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Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these
important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims
any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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