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ALS Therapy Development Institute, the World's Largest Non-Profit Biotech, Appoints Steve Perrin, Ph.D., as Chief Executive Officer
Date:5/1/2009

Board of Directors Also Appoints a New President and Adds A New Member

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Steve Perrin, Ph.D., was appointed chief executive officer and Maureen Lister was appointed president of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) during the annual meeting of its Board of Directors. The two appointments come following the passing of Sean Scott, the Institute's previous president, due to complications from Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) this past February.

"Simply put, the research and development program at ALS TDI is the most comprehensive one possible today. Under Steve's leadership, the ALS TDI research team has produced tangible results that all ALS community members can be proud of. In this dual capacity as both CEO and CSO, Steve will be able to continue to advance our shared mission on behalf of patients today," said Augie Nieto, chairman of the board of directors at ALS TDI and an ALS patient.

As chief executive officer and chief scientific officer at ALS TDI, Steve Perrin, Ph.D., will be responsible for ensuring the Institute continues to advance its mission to discover and develop effective therapeutics for ALS. ALS TDI executes the largest and most comprehensive therapeutic development effort in the world focused entirely on stopping amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease). ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease which affects at least 30,000 Americans at any given time. Dr. Perrin is an expert in the drug development process and has nearly two decades of experience in leading preclinical and translational research efforts.

Since coming to ALS TDI in 2007, Dr. Perrin has added new capabilities to the Institute's drug development pipeline, which now includes small molecules, gene therapy, protein biologics and stem cell projects. This multi-faceted approach is designed to meet the unmet medical need posed by ALS by
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