United Business Media plc Extends Convera Contract to Cover Five New Healthcare Portals

Convera to aggregate Web content and enable search functionality for CMPMedica Web portals in UK, Spain, France and U.S.

Vienna, Va., Dec. 05, 2006 – Convera Corporation (NASDAQ: CNVR), a leading provider of search technologies for professional workers, today announced that it has been awarded a contract extension from United Business Media plc (UBM) to provide Web content aggregation and search technology for five CMPMedica healthcare portals. The contract follows the successful development and launch of SearchMedica, a healthcare site for UK general practitioners, under a joint development agreement issued in May 2006. CMPMedica, a division of UBM, is a global provider of healthcare information and education.

As part of the three-year revenue sharing agreement, CMPMedica will incorporate Convera aggregated content and search functions for Web sites that serve general practitioners in France and Spain and serve psychiatrists, oncologists and primary care physicians in the U.S.

The new healthcare sites will be modeled after SearchMedica.co.uk, the scope of which is overseen by a panel of medical experts in the UK. Nearly eight of 10 users of Searchmedica.co.uk report that they prefer the search experience to that of general Web search engines.

"SearchMedica is already receiving rave reviews and we are excited to expand the model of professional search into five new markets, which are critical to UBM’s expansion into online publishing," said Kurt Gastrock, Convera chief operating officer. "B2B publishers need to provide compelling content and advanced search capabilities to create a more professional experience to build loyal communities. UBM is emerging as a global leader in this effort."

According to the UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP), nearly 75% of business professionals use business-to-business (B2B) Web sites to keep up with news in their sector. AOP also reports that 70% of all professionals surveyed expect their usage of B2B sites to increase over the next two years.

"Convera Web search capabilities are helping UBM build an attractive online advertising model by providing the rich content and search functions that produce a positive and rewarding experience for professionals," said Henry Elkington, chief executive officer of CMPMedica.

About Convera
Convera is a leading provider of search technologies for professional workers. Convera has developed a unified product platform that makes sense of vast amounts of information—wherever it resides—across multiple data formats, languages and meanings. Based on proprietary technologies that extract relevant results from public and private data, Convera enables professionals to quickly retrieve exactly the information essential for action. The Convera search platform, TrueKnowledge Platform™, is delivered as a hosted service, software or a bundled hardware and software package. Thousands of government and business professionals in 40 countries rely on Convera search solutions to power a broad range of mission critical applications.

About United Business Media plc
United Business Media is one of the world's leading global business information companies. UBM brings together the world's buyers and sellers, helping their markets work effectively and efficiently through PR Newswire's news distribution network and CMP's portfolio of events, print and on-line publications. For more information, go to www.unitedbusinessmedia.com

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CMP – CMP has a portfolio of more than 200 newspapers, magazines and directories, 200 websites and 300 events. CMP operates globally through four divisions:
CMP Technology – CMP Technology is the USA's leading high tech B2B media company, providing marketing solutions for the global technology industry. For more information, go to www.cmp.com
CMPMedica – CMPMedica provides information and education to healthcare professionals and patients around the world. www.cmpmedica.com
CMP Information – Operating in the UK and internationally, CMPi provides professional media solutions to around 20 industry sectors. www.cmpinformation.com
CMP Asia – CMP Asia is a leader in exhibitions and online and print business information publications for Asian markets. www.cmpasia.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 5th December 2006