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Department of Health & Human Services Names Dr. Eric Rose to National Biodefense Science Board
Date:12/20/2007

NEW YORK, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. announced today that Dr. Eric Rose, its Executive Vice President for Life Sciences, who also serves as Chief Executive Officer of SIGA Technologies, Inc., has been named to the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB). The NBSB will provide expert advice and guidance to HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt on scientific, technical and other matters of special interest to the Department regarding activities to prevent, prepare for and respond to adverse health effects of public health emergencies resulting from current and future chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological agents.

Secretary Leavitt said in a statement, "This board will play an important role in ensuring that our nation is well-prepared to prevent and respond to public health emergencies. The members' depth of expertise will be invaluable as we continue to prepare."

Ronald O. Perelman, CEO and Chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, said, "We are very proud that Dr. Eric Rose has been named to this prestigious board. There is arguably no work more important than safeguarding America's citizens, and Eric will contribute immensely in his capacity as one of the most respected intellectual minds in medicine today. MacAndrews & Forbes plays an important role in our national security through several of our operating companies, and we applaud Secretary Leavitt for his leadership in this critical endeavor."

Other members of the board include Patricia Quinlisk, M.D., Chair, Ruth Berkelman, M.D., Stephen V. Cantrill, M.D., Roberta Carlin, M.S., J.D., Albert J. Di Rienzo, Kenneth L. Dretchen, Ph.D., John D. Grabenstein, R.Ph., Ph.D, James J. James Brigadier General (Retired), M.D., Dr.PH, M.H.A., Thomas J. MacVittie, Ph.D., John S. Parker M.D., Major General (Retired), Andrew T. Pavia, M.D. and Patrick J. Scannon, M.D., Ph.D.

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