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iZumi Bio Appoints Dr. Berta Strulovici as Chief Technology Officer and Dr. Dushyant Pathak as Vice President of Business Development
Date:5/6/2009

ceuticals, and BioProtocol, Inc. Dr. Pathak has more than ten years experience closing strategically important corporate deals resulting in productive alliances with major pharmaceutical partners and research institutions. Dr. Pathak was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund postdoctoral fellow and an associate research scientist at Yale University's Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He completed his doctorate degree at Northwestern University and received his MBA from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

About iZumi Bio

iZumi Bio is a South San Francisco-based biotechnology company initially focused on the industrialization of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS) technology with the mission of creating new therapeutics through cellular reprogramming and directed differentiation of patient cells. Izumi was founded in 2007 and is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and Highland Capital Partners. The initial focus of the company is in neurodegeneration, particularly spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson's disease as well as in cardiovascular disease, where iZumi has a collaboration with The Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and Deepak Srivastava, M.D. iZumi is also collaborating with the laboratory of Dr. Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University on the research, development and application of iPS technology with the goal of advancing drug discovery and enabling cell-based therapies.

Because iPS cells have stem-cell-like properties and have the potential to differentiate into any cell type, iPS cells are considered to be of great potential for disease research, preclinical drug testing and cell-based therapy. iZumi's approach places the patient at the forefront of the drug discovery process, which could reduce drug development time and increase the probability of success for
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