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iZumi Bio, Inc., Appoints John Walker as Chief Executive Officer
Date:2/12/2009

ital Company. His many board experiences have included serving as Chairman of Signal Pharmaceuticals and Microcide Pharmaceuticals Inc., and a director of Geron Corporation, Discovery Partners Inc., and several other private companies.

"We are very pleased to have John joining iZumi Bio as CEO," explained Beth Seidenberg M.D., a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Chairperson of iZumi Bio. "His considerable experience across a wide range of companies, therapeutic areas and technologies, including human embryonic stem cells, will help accelerate the full realization of iZumi Bio's iPS technology."

Walker received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program, J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Affymax, Inc., Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Evotec AG.

About iZumi Bio, Inc.

iZumi Bio, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and Highland Capital Partners. iZumi Bio is using the power of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to transform drug discovery and enable the promise of regenerative medicine. In June 2008, iZumi Bio announced a broad regenerative medicine and cardiovascular disease partnership with The Gladstone Institutes. The name iZumi, which in Japanese means "fountain of youth," was chosen to honor the Japanese origins of iPS technology. iZumi Bio is located in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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