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Redwood Bioscience Appoints Peter Van Vlasselaer, PhD as Executive Chairman
Date:10/3/2011

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Redwood Bioscience, a biopharmaceutical company developing a rational protein-chemical design technology for optimizing drug conjugates, announced the appointment of Peter Van Vlasselaer, PhD as Executive Chairman to Redwood's Board of Directors.  In this role, Dr. Van Vlasselaer will be actively guiding Redwood on drug and platform development as well as corporate strategy.  Dr. Van Vlasselaer has been involved in the start-up of four biotechnology companies and brings more than 20 years of senior management experience to Redwood.

Currently, Dr. Van Vlasselaer is the Executive Chairman of iPierian, where he was the interim CEO earlier this year.  He previously served as the founding CEO of Arresto Biosciences which was acquired by Gilead Sciences in December 2010.  Prior to launching Arresto, Dr. Van Vlasselaer was the CEO of Avidia which also had a successful exit though its sale to Amgen in October 2006.  Before that he was involved in the start-up of InterMune and Dendreon where he served as Senior Vice President of Technical Operations and Vice President of Development, respectively.  He holds a bachelor degree in zoology, a PhD in immunology from the University of Leuven in Belgium and conducted post-doctoral research at Stanford University and at DNAX Research Institute.

During his career, Dr. Van Vlasselaer has contributed to the development of multiple biologic products and small molecules for treating diseases including cancer, inflammation, infectious diseases and fibrosis.  He has authored several peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and is the inventor on more than 30 patents.

"We are thrilled to welcome Peter to the Executive Chairman role at Redwood," said Karen Boezi, CEO of Redwood.  "His expertise in drug development, operations, corporate strategy and business development will be extremely valuable to the Company."

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