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Sir Walter Bodmer Joins Oxford Genome Sciences Scientific Advisory Board
Date:10/11/2007

OXFORD, England, October 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Oxford Genome Sciences (UK) Ltd "OGeS" announces today that it has further strengthened its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) with the appointment of Sir Walter Bodmer, currently Head of the Cancer and Immunogenetics Laboratory in the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford, which is actively researching the fundamental genetic and biological changes which lead to the development of colorectal cancer.

In addition to the SAB appointment, OGeS and Sir Walter's laboratory will collaborate on the evaluation of OGeS cancer drug development candidates in the area of colorectal cancer.

Prior to taking up his current position, Sir Walter Bodmer was the Director General of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, a position he assumed after having been the Fund's Director of Research for 12 years. Before joining the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, he was the Professor of Genetics at the University of Oxford. Dr Bodmer moved to Oxford University from Stanford University where he was a Professor in the Department of Genetics.

Dr Bodmer, who has developed models for population genetics, worked extensively on the HLA system and the use of somatic cell hybrids for human linkage studies, received his Ph.D. in Genetics in 1959 from the University of Cambridge. He became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1974, a foreign member of the US national Academy of Sciences in 1981 and was knighted in 1986 for his contributions to science.

Dr Christian Rohlff, CEO of OGeS commenting on today's announcement said:

"I am delighted that someone of Walter's scientific standing has agreed to join our Scientific Advisory Board. I am sure his broad ranging experience in genetics and biology and his current work in the field of colorectal cancer will allow him to make an important contribution to OGeS as we continue to further develop our position in the exciting field of personalised medicin
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