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Amira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Expands its Scientific Advisory Board and Appoints Dr. Paul Anderson, Professor Jerold Chun and Professor Andrew Tager
Date:1/8/2009

al Scientist Training Program; Grass, Helen Hay Whitney, Alfred P. Sloan, March of Dimes, and Klingenstein Foundations and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has been or is currently on editorial boards for multiple scientific journals. He currently sits on scientific advisory boards for Novartis and Cellular Bioengineering, Inc.

Dr. Andrew Tager is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit of the Massachusetts General Hospital, and co-director of the hospital's interstitial lung disease program. His research is focused on understanding pulmonary inflammation, lung injury and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Recently Dr. Tager's laboratory published a seminal paper demonstrating that the lysophosphatidic acid receptor LPA1 links pulmonary fibrosis to lung injury by mediating fibroblast recruitment and vascular leak. The results suggested that lysophosphatidic acid is the chemoattractant predominantly responsible for recruiting fibroblasts into the lungs of IPF patients.

Peppi Prasit, Amira Pharmaceuticals' CSO, commented, "We are delighted to have these three renowned scientists join our advisory board. Amira has an outstanding group of scientific advisors who bring complementary skills and experience to our drug discovery and development programs."

About Amira

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in San Diego, Amira Pharmaceuticals is a small molecule pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and early development of compounds to treat inflammatory disease linked to the phospholipid pathways. Amira has a strategic partnership with GlaxoSmithKline for the development of FLAP (5-lipoxygenase activating protein) inhibitors in respiratory and cardiovascular disease.

Amira combines the rigor of a big pharmaceutical company with the ingenuity and energy of a small company, creating an environment for effi
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