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Cerimon Pharmaceuticals Appoints James S. Shannon, M.D., to Board of Directors
Date:12/2/2008

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ --Cerimon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that James S. Shannon, M.D., has been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors. Dr. Shannon is a recognized pharmaceutical industry leader with more than 20 years of experience in senior development positions, most recently serving as Head of Global Development at Novartis Pharma AG in Basel, Switzerland.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Shannon to our Board of Directors," stated Paul J. Sekhri, Chief Executive Officer of Cerimon Pharmaceuticals. "Dr. Shannon's expertise in identifying and advancing drug development candidates will be of great value as we seek to expand and deepen Cerimon's clinical-stage pipeline."

Dr. Shannon began his career in the pharmaceutical industry at Sterling Winthrop, where he attained the position of Senior Vice President, Clinical Development. Dr. Shannon headed Global Clinical Development during Sterling's alliance with Sanofi to develop Clopidogrel (Plavix(R)). Following this, Dr. Shannon joined Sandoz in Switzerland as Head of Drug Registration and Regulatory Affairs. He spearheaded the integration of R&D programs during Sandoz' merger with Ciba-Geigy, creating the renowned Novartis pipeline. Subsequently, Dr. Shannon held senior development positions at Novartis, ultimately being named Head of Global Development. Under Dr. Shannon's leadership, numerous drugs were developed and approved, including Diovan(R), Tekturna(R), Gleevec(R), Femara(R), Zometa(R), Reclast(R), Lucentis(R) (ex-US), Starlix(R), Visudyne(R) and Xolair(R).

Dr. Shannon received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Queen's University of Belfast, where he was trained in medicine and cardiology. He also became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK).

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