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iPierian Appoints Dr. Matthew J. Plunkett as Chief Financial Officer
Date:9/1/2009

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- iPierian, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on changing the paradigm of drug discovery and development through the application of cellular reprogramming, today announced the appointment of Matthew J. Plunkett, Ph.D., as vice president and chief financial officer.

"Capital formation is critical to our long term success, and Matt's career over the last decade has given him the experience and network to help position iPierian with the investor community," said John P. Walker, chief executive officer of iPierian. "In addition, his scientific background will enable him to articulate the truly unique contribution of cellular reprogramming in shaping the future of drug discovery and development."

Prior to joining iPierian, Dr. Plunkett spent nine years at Oppenheimer & Co., most recently as Managing Director where he lead the firm's biotechnology investment banking practice for the West Coast. His investment banking experience includes over 60 completed biopharmaceutical transactions, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, convertible debt, private placements, M&A and financial advisory assignments. Previously, he worked as a research scientist at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals and at Axys Advanced Technologies. He received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked in the lab of Dr. Jonathan Ellman to develop synthetic methodology for the synthesis of structurally diverse small-molecule combinatorial libraries for drug discovery and lead optimization. He received a B.S. with honors in Chemistry, with a History concentration, from Harvey Mudd College.

About iPierian

iPierian is a South San Francisco-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the industrialization of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS) technology with the mission of creating new th
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