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Former NFL Lineman Paul Frase to Utilize Video Conferencing to Speak about Son’s Rare Muscular Disorder to Families Worldwide

Glowpoint, Inc. (OTCBB: GLOW), a leading provider of advanced video communication solutions, today announced it has partnered with TalkPoint and AVI-SPL to capture and broadcast via the web former NFL Lineman Paul Frase’s speech about his son’s rare muscular disorder to a global community of affected families on July 24, 2009, at 6 p.m. CDT. Frase will be one of several speakers at the first-ever MTM-CNM Family Conference in Houston, Texas to address the rare medical condition known as Myotublar Myopathy and Centronuclear Myopathy. He will speak remotely via video conferencing, with the entire conference captured and webcast for live, public viewing during the event, and the webcast will be viewable for 90 days.

Frase, a former NY Jets defensive lineman, is no stranger to setbacks. While in his third pro-season with the NY Jets, he was diagnosed with Graves disease, a weakening condition that causes severe weight loss. Frase refused to stay on the sidelines, and his teammates honored him with the Ed Block Courage Award for his eventual comeback. When asked who taught him the most about courage, he said, “my son.” Frase would later play for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, and Baltimore Ravens. Paul and his wife, Alison, will both appear at the MTM-CNM Family Conference due to their work with the Joshua Frase Foundation to support ongoing medical research for myotubular myopathy and other related congenital myopathies.

The entire three-day event, presented by the MTM-CNM Family Conference Planning Team at the Houston Marriott at Bush Airport, 18700 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, will feature educational presentations on medical advancements for myotubular myopathy and centronuclear myopathy. Due to the challenge of travel for affected families, Glowpoint, AVI-SPL, and TalkPoint will unite Frase, doctors, and other speakers, with affected families for the entire conference through the use of interactive video communications at http://cc.talkpoint.com/demos/mtm.html.

Glowpoint president and co-CEO Joe Laezza said, “We are honored to have been chosen to help affected families worldwide. I have personally witnessed the enormous challenges that such myopathies pose, since my nephew, Steven G. Pepi, was born with a rare muscular disorder. He can’t travel because he lives on a ventilator. It is applications such as this that demonstrate the value video communications offers to the medical field, especially in regards to sharing information on medical advancements globally.”

Interested families should contact Connie Guinn, event coordinator, at kookla_g@yahoo.com or (281) 997-3581 for more details.

For media interviews with Paul Frase and his wife Alison, or with other affected families, please contact Christopher Welch, Glowpoint’s corporate communications manager, at cwelch@glowpoint or (312) 235-3888, ext. 2017.

About MTM-CNM Family Conference Planning Team

The MTM-CNM Family Conference Planning Team’s mission is to unite all families affected by Myotubular Myopathy and Centronuclear Myopathy, specifically at the first Family Conference in Houston, Texas, and beyond. For more information about the MTM-CNM Family Conference Planning Team, visit: www.mtm-cnm.com.

About Joshua Frase Foundation

The Joshua Frase Foundation is dedicated to supporting ongoing medical research for myotubular myopathy and other related congenital myopathies. For more information, visit: www.joshuafrase.org.

About Glowpoint

Glowpoint, Inc. (OTCBB: GLOW) is a leading provider of advanced video communications solutions. Glowpoint’s suite of robust telepresence and video communications solutions enable organizations to communicate with each other over disparate networks and technology platforms. Glowpoint supports thousands of video communications system in more than 35 countries with its 24/7 video management services. Glowpoint also powers major broadcasters, Fortune 500 companies, as well as global carriers and video equipment manufacturers – and their customers – worldwide. To learn more, visit www.glowpoint.com.

About AVI-SPL

Headquartered in Tampa, FL, AVI-SPL is the result of a merger between Audio Visual Innovations (AVI) and Signal Perfection, Ltd. (SPL). With more than 40 years of aggregate experience in the industry, AVI and SPL bring together strong traditions of providing innovative audio and video communications solutions. As the industry’s largest global integrator, AVI-SPL delivers the most comprehensive line-up of systems and services, including: systems integration, sales and rentals, complete staging productions, managed conferencing, IP integration and event management. For more about AVI-SPL, visit www.avispl.com.

About TalkPoint

TalkPoint provides Web-based audio and video Webcasting solutions that enable companies and organizations to communicate more effectively. TalkPoint's easy-to-use applications incorporate audio, video, slides, and other interactive elements to deliver high-impact presentations cost effectively. TalkPoint offers both self-service and full-service solutions. For more information on TalkPoint, go to www.talkpoint.com.

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