PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Avicena Group, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVGO), a late-stage biotechnology company that develops central nervous system therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases, announced today the appointment of Dr. M. Flint Beal, M.D. to the Company's Board of Directors, effective October 30, 2007. Dr. Beal is a co-founder of Avicena and has served as a member of the Company's Scientific Advisory Board since 2000. This appointment expands the Board of Directors to 6 members.
"Dr. Beal, an internationally recognized authority on neurodegenerative disorders, is a welcome addition to our Board of Directors. As a co-founder of Avicena and a current member of our Scientific Advisory Board, he is particularly well suited to help guide us through our drug development programs," stated Belinda Tsao-Nivaggioli, Avicena's chief executive officer. "Avicena is entering into an important stage with Phase III studies in Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease and ALS and we are looking forward to Dr. Beal's contributions."
Dr. Beal is the Anne Parrish Titzell professor and chairman of the department of neurology and neuroscience at the Weill Medical College at Cornell University, and director of neurology at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to Cornell, Dr. Beal was the professor of neurology at the Harvard Medical School and chief of the neurochemistry laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Beal is also involved with several foundations and associations
focused on neurological disorders, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical
Honorary Society, where he received the Derek Denny-Brown Neurological
Scholar Award of the American Neurologic Association. He is also a member
of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, and was
previously on the Council of the American Neurologic Association. In
addition, Dr. Beal served on the science advisory committees of the
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|SOURCE Avicena Group, Inc.|
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