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CuraGen Corporation Announces Appointment of Sean Cassidy as CFO

BRANFORD, Conn., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CuraGen Corporation (Nasdaq: CRGN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology, today announced the appointment of Sean Cassidy, as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective January 1, 2008. CuraGen also announced today that David M. Wurzer will step down from his position effective January 1, 2008 to pursue other opportunities, but will remain with the Company through March 2008, as an advisor to the Company.

"We are pleased to welcome Sean to the CuraGen team," commented Timothy Shannon, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe that Sean's accounting and financial expertise in the life sciences sector, combined with his historical knowledge of CuraGen, will be beneficial as we advance our development pipeline towards commercialization."

Dr. Shannon further commented, "On behalf of the entire board and employees of CuraGen, I would like to thank Dave Wurzer for his more than 10 years of service to CuraGen during which he made substantial contributions across the organization. Dave will continue to work with CuraGen over the next few months to ensure a smooth and effective transition."

Previously, Mr. Cassidy served as Corporate Controller of 454 Life Sciences Corporation (454) since September 2002. Mr. Cassidy joined 454 when it was a development stage company and supported its growth into a successful commercial entity. During this time, Mr. Cassidy assisted 454 in a private round of financing in 2003, entering into a comprehensive License, Supply and Distribution Agreement with Roche Applied Science in 2005 and in the acquisition of 454 by Roche Applied Science in 2007. Prior to joining 454, Mr. Cassidy served as Manager of Financial Planning at CuraGen Corporation from August 2001 to September 2002. Mr. Cassidy also spent over eight years at Deloitte & Touche LLP's Hartford office in the audit practice. During this time Mr. Cassidy served both public and private companies in various industries; advising these clients on public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisition due diligence reviews and annual and quarterly reporting requirements under the Securities and Exchange Commission's rules and regulations.

Mr. Cassidy earned both his Master of Business Administration degree and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in 2000 and 1992, respectively. Mr. Cassidy is a certified public accountant in the State of Connecticut.

About CuraGen

CuraGen Corporation (Nasdaq: CRGN) is a dedicated clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing diverse approaches for the treatment of cancer including the histone deacetylase inhibitor, belinostat, and the antibody-drug conjugate, CR011-vcMMAE. By leveraging drug development strengths cultivated over the years, CuraGen expects to make a difference by advancing its promising therapeutics to address the unmet medical needs of cancer patients. CuraGen Corporation is headquartered in Branford, Connecticut. For additional information please visit

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