DANBURY, Conn., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Biodel, Inc. (Nasdaq: BIOD) today announced the addition of Brian J.G. Pereira, M.D., to its Board of Directors.
Dr. Pereira is the President and CEO of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of therapeutic and diagnostic products. At AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Pereira played an integral role in advancing the company's key product candidate, Ferumoxytol, towards marketing approval with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
"Brian brings an incredible wealth of knowledge to Biodel from his years of experience in the biotechnology and medical community," said Dr. Solomon Steiner, CEO and Chairman of Biodel. "As we grow our company and advance our clinical products, Brian's insights and perspectives will be invaluable. We are excited and honored he has chosen to serve on Biodel's Board of Directors."
"Sol and his team have done an excellent job in advancing the clinical development of their lead product candidate, VIAject(TM)," said Dr. Pereira. "I have been particularly impressed with the company's commitment to developing novel insulin treatments for the diabetes population. I look forward to working with Biodel's great board members who have guided this Company's development."
Prior to joining AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Pereira served as President and CEO of New England Health Care Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) corporation that employs staff physicians at Tufts-New England Medical Center. Dr. Pereira has also held various other positions at Tufts-New England Medical Center, including Interim Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Vice Chairman for Strategic Development in the Department of Medicine and Staff physician in the Division of Nephrology.
Dr. Pereira is a nationally recognized expert on kidney disease and has served on the editorial board of twelve scientific journals. He is the editor of the widely read textbook, "Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis and Transplantation," and has over 200 scientific papers to his credit. Dr. Pereira is Chairman of the Board of the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Enterprise Program, a member of the Board of Directors of Satellite Health Care and the National Kidney Foundation, and an advisor to several other organizations. Dr. Pereira is a graduate of both St. John's Medical College and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in India. He received his M.B.A. from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
About Biodel Inc.
Biodel Inc. is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative treatments for endocrine disorders, such as diabetes and osteoporosis. Biodel's product candidates are developed by using VIAdel(TM) technology, which reformulates existing FDA- approved peptide drugs. The Company's lead product candidate, VIAject(TM), is a rapid-acting injectable meal-time insulin in development for use by patients with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. VIAject(TM) is currently being tested in two pivotal Phase III clinical trials. Biodel's pipeline also includes VIAtab(TM), a sublingual tablet formulation of insulin in Phase I clinical trials and two osteoporosis product candidates in pre-clinical studies. For further information regarding Biodel, please visit the Company's website at http://www.biodel.com.
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developed using our VIAdel(TM) technology; the progress or success of our
research, development and clinical programs, the initiation and completion
of our clinical trials, the timing of the interim analyses and the timing
or success of our product candidates, particularly VIAject(TM) and
VIAtab(TM); our ability to secure additional patents for VIAject(TM) and
our other product candidates; our ability to protect our intellectual
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