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Otonomy Appoints Gerald Wroblewski as Chief Operations Officer
Date:5/25/2011

successful acquisition of Oculex for $230 million.  During his career, Mr. Wroblewski has also held senior management positions in large-scale commercial manufacturing operations at The Gillette Company, Oral-B Laboratories and McGaw Laboratories.  

"The positive clinical results we recently announced for OTO-104 in Meniere's disease, combined with our rapid progress advancing OTO-201 through IND enabling studies, signals an important transition for the company that requires additional operational expertise and focus," said David A. Weber, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Otonomy.  "I welcome the opportunity to work with Jerry again and know that his depth and breadth of manufacturing expertise will successfully support the company through clinical development. Furthermore, his experience in commercial manufacturing operations will be essential to achieving our long range business objectives of bringing our products to market."  

About OtonomyOtonomy is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapeutics for diseases and disorders of the inner and middle ear.  There are currently no FDA-approved drug treatments for the nearly 30 million Americans that are affected by debilitating hearing and balance diseases and disorders such as Meniere's disease, sudden sensorineural hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss, age-related hearing impairment and tinnitus.  Otonomy's core technology is a sustained release formulation developed for optimal delivery of drugs to the middle and inner ear with a single intratympanic (IT) injection.  This technology has broad applicability across a range of therapeutic classes and two products based on this platform are in active development.

Otonomy's lead product candidate, OTO-104, is a sustained release formulation of the steroid dexamethasone.  A Phase 1b clinical trial in Meniere's disease patients has recently been completed, and
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