New York, NY – Altura Capital Group, a New York-based firm specialized in providing Institutional research and product solutions in the emerging manager category, has teamed up with a group of large institutional investors to develop a robust and comprehensive information, research and data platform with a networking component, that will bridge existing access to information and research gaps in the emerging and diverse asset manager space. Founding subscribers include the Comptroller of the City of New York, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System CalSTRS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System CalPERS and the Illinois State Board of Investments ISBI. The subscription-based platform will be available to institutional investors around the globe by August of 2008. The nationwide and global network will provide institutional investors and small and emerging financial services firms the ability to collaborate and access research and information in an unprecedented manner. Market intelligence, best practices, programs and information sharing will be centralized in one comprehensive Platform.