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Human Genome Sciences Appoints John L. Lamattina, Ph.D., to Its Board of Directors
Date:5/8/2008

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Human Genome Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: HGSI) today announced that John L. LaMattina, Ph.D., who retired in late 2007 as President of Pfizer Global Research and Development, has been appointed to the HGS Board of Directors.

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"We are honored to have John LaMattina join our Board of Directors," said H. Thomas Watkins, President and Chief Executive Officer, HGS. "John's record of accomplishment over the course of a 30-year career at Pfizer has established him as one of the pharmaceutical industry's outstanding worldwide leaders of research and development. In particular, he played an important role in growing Pfizer's pipeline in oncology and guiding its investment in biologics and vaccines. We view the HGS oncology program as a key driver of future growth beyond our late-stage products, and we look forward to benefiting from John's experience and insight as we continue our strategic investment in our pipeline."

As Senior Vice President, Pfizer Inc., and President Pfizer Global Research & Development, Dr. LaMattina led the Pfizer's drug discovery and development efforts in the United States, Europe and Asia. He joined Pfizer in 1977 and over the years held positions of increasing responsibility for Pfizer Central Research, including Vice President of U.S. Discovery Operations, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Discovery Operations and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Development.

Dr. LaMattina graduated cum laude from Boston College, and received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, where he work
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