Founder of St. Jude Medical to Keynote RedChip Emerging Growth Showcase on Oct. 23-24

Founder of St. Jude Medical to Keynote RedChip Emerging Growth Showcase on Oct. 23-24  28 Emerging Growth Companies to Offer Inside Views of Their Businesses During Online Conference  ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RedChip Companies, Inc. ("RedChip"), an international small-cap research, investor relations, and media company, today announced that Manny Villafana, chairman and CEO of biotechnology company Kips Bay Medical, Inc. and founder of St. Jude Medical, will deliver the keynote presentation at the RedChip Emerging Growth Showcase on Wednesday and Thursday, October 23-24, 2013.  His presentation, recorded at the Aegis Capital 2013 Healthcare Conference, will air at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time on both days of the conference at www.RedChip.com.  Mr. Villafana started his career with Medtronic, Inc. as the company's first international sales administrator. He went on to found Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. (CPI), a CRM company that revolutionized the pacemaker industry by introducing a long-life lithium iodine pacemaker, a technology still utilized today by 100% of the market. CPI was ultimately acquired by Eli Lilly & Company, which spun out CPI as Guidant, which in turn was acquired in 2006 by Boston Scientific, Inc.  Mr. Villafana founded St. Jude Medical, Inc. in 1976. He led St. Jude Medical's development of a novel heart valve that still dominates the mechanical valve replacement market. He has also founded and led the public offering for medical technology companies such as GV Medical, Inc., ATS Medical, Inc. and CABG Medical, Inc. Every year, 250,000 Americans receive a lifesaving medical device developed by Mr. Villafana.  During the RedChip Emerging Growth Showcase, 28 small-cap company executives will offer inside views of their businesses through video presentations and live Q&A sessions. Thousands of investors are expected to participate, making this event RedChip's largest and best-attended Emerging Growth Showcase. The online investor conference will air between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on both days at www.RedChip.com.  Presenting companies range across a broad spectrum of industries and sectors, including oil & gas, technology, mining, healthcare, consumer goods, energy and more. Investors can pre-submit a question for a presenting company by visiting www.RedChip.com/virtualconference. Presenting companies include:  -- Opexa Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPXA) (Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. ET)  -- Spherix Inc. (Nasdaq:SPEX) (Oct. 23, 11:00 a.m. ET)  -- SMTP, Inc. (OTCQB:SMTP) (Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m. ET)  -- Profire Energy, Inc. (OTCQB:PFIE) (Oct. 23, 2:00 p.m. ET)  -- Lattice Inc. (OTCQB:LTTC) (Oct. 23, 10:00 a.m. ET)  For a full list of presenting companies, visit http://www.RedChip.com/virtualconference. No registration is required to participate in the conference. Start times are subject to change.  About RedChip Companies, Inc.  RedChip Companies, an Inc. 5000 company, is an international small-cap research, investor relations, and media company headquartered in Orlando, Florida; with affiliate offices in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Seoul. RedChip delivers concrete, measurable results for its clients through its extensive global network of small-cap institutional and retail investors. RedChip has developed the most comprehensive platform of products and services for small-cap companies, including: RedChip Research™, Traditional Investor Relations, Digital Investor Relations, Institutional and Retail Conferences, Virtual Conferences, "The RedChip Money Report: Small Stocks Big Money"™ television show, Shareholder Intelligence, Strategic Marketing, Crisis Management, Social Media and Blogging Services, and Webcasts. To learn more about RedChip's products and services, please visit: http://www.redchip.com/visibility/productsandservices.asp.  "Discovering Tomorrow's Blue Chips Today"™  CONTACT: Jon Cunningham          RedChip Companies, Inc.          Tel: 1-800-RED-CHIP (733-2447), ext. 107          Email: info@redchip.com  RedChip Companies Inc. Logo