A&M System and Lisam Systems of Belgium announce joint formation of Lisam America Inc.

Lisam Systems of Belgium and The Texas A&M University System have announced the joint formation of Lisam America Inc., with Lisam Systems holding a majority stake in the new venture.

Headquartered in Bryan, Texas, Lisam America will provide ExESS(r) software sales, services and support to companies operating in the United States that manage workplace Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) for energy, chemicals, cosmetics, paints and coatings, and special chemicals industries. Lisam America is also expected to become the primary platform for Lisam Systems to commercialize process safety research and data from the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University's Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering.

"We created this joint venture with Lisam Systems based on their flexible, global and scalable EH&S software and technology, and their proven industry track record evidenced by more than 500 customers around the world," said Brett Cornwell, associate vice chancellor for the Office for Technology Commercialization at the Texas A&M System. "With ExESS(r), we now have a global platform to commercialize process safety research and data gained from extensive collaboration with the chemical, energy and other process industries."

Lisam America immediately increases the operational capabilities of Lisam Systems to license and support ExESS(r) software in North America. The U.S. subsidiary also strengthens Lisam Systems' preparedness to deliver compliance solutions for the U.S. market, including the upcoming U.S. adoption of the Global System for Harmonization and Classification of Hazardous Chemicals (GHS), volume tracking and reporting for hazardous chemicals, and others.

"By launching Lisam America with the Texas A&M System, we gain a U.S. partner with a strong reputation for collaborating with the chemical, energy and other process industries of our customers," said Michel Hemberg, chairman and CEO of Lisam Systems. "We are especially impressed by the quality of research and leadership at Texas A&M's Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, and look forward to a close relationship with them as we develop EH&S solutions for the U.S. and global marketplace."

About the Texas A&M University System - The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $772 million and help drive the state's economy.

About the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center - The Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, which is a part of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and located in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, was established in 1995 through the generosity of T. Michael O'Connor. His goal, and the center's mission, is to improve safety in the chemical process industry - to make safety second nature. The center seeks to develop safer processes, equipment, procedures and management strategies that will minimize losses in the process industry.

About Lisam Systems - For more than 20 years, Lisam Systems has provided software and service solutions for Environmental Health and Safety compliance management of the chemical, energy, cosmetics, detergent, paint and coverings, and special chemicals industry sectors. With over 500 customers served from offices in Asia, Europe and the Americas, Lisam Systems delivers software for Chemicals Management, Inventory Management, (M) SDS Authoring and Distribution, GHS/CLP and GHS/JIS compliant shipping and labeling, REACH Management and other hazardous chemicals volume tracking and reporting, Workplace Safety and Waste Management. Through its Telegis subsidiary, Lisam Systems also offers SDS authoring and other compliance services.

About ExESS(r) - Developed in Microsoft .net with Microsoft SQLServer, ExESS(r) is Lisam Systems' flagship software for global regulatory compliance solutions in Environmental Health & Safety. Over 100 Lisam Systems customers use ExESS(r) for GHS/CLP, GHS/JIS, and REACH compliant SDS authoring and distribution, labeling, and classification of hazardous chemicals. ExESS(r) also delivers strong EH&S solutions in the areas of Chemicals Management, Inventory Management, Waste Management and Workplace Safety. ExESS(r) provides API integration with ERP and other systems, and an open strategy with regulatory content providers to support every phase of the product life cycle.