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Brooks Automation Board Elects Edward C. Grady as CEO Effective October 2004; Robert J. Therrien to Remain as Chairman

CHELMSFORD, Mass., Jun 2, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Brooks Automation, Inc. (Nasdaq: BRKS), which develops and produces hardware, software and systems to enable manufacturing efficiencies for the semiconductor and other complex manufacturing industries, today announced that its chairman and chief executive officer, Robert J. Therrien, would transition the position of chief executive officer to Brooks Automation president and chief operating officer Edward C. Grady effective October 1, 2004. Mr. Therrien will remain as chairman of the Board of Directors and will serve as a consultant to the Company following his retirement on December 31, 2004. Mr. Grady's appointment as CEO represents the completion of a process that was initiated with his being hired as Brooks' president and chief operating officer in February 2003 and named a Director in September 2003.

"Ed has provided strong leadership in the time he has been with Brooks," said Mr. Therrien, "His contributions to the recent success of Brooks and his guidance of the Company over the past year assure me that Ed Grady is the right person to assume the responsibilities of chief executive officer of Brooks. We've built a strong team and a strong company at Brooks, and Ed has the respect of everyone here."

Mr. Grady observed that "Moving in behind one of the great builders and innovators in this business is an enormous responsibility and a great privilege. Bob Therrien is truly one of the industry's visionaries, and he has built Brooks into an industry leader. He has successfully guided Brooks through some of the most challenging times the industry has faced. I look forward to working closely with Bob in the coming months to continue building and delivering value to our customers, our shareholders and our employees."

About Brooks Automation, Inc.

Brooks is a leading worldwide provider of automation solutions to the global semiconductor and related industries. The company's factory and tool automation hardware, software and professional services can manage every wafer, reticle and data movement in the fab, helping customers improve throughput and yield while reducing both cost and time to market. Brooks products and services are used in virtually every fab in the world as well as by many customers in industries outside of semiconductor manufacturing. For more information, visit

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     Mark Chung
     Director of Corporate Relations
     Brooks Automation, Inc.
     (978) 262-2459

SOURCE Brooks Automation, Inc.

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