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Nastech Pharmaceutical Company Announces the Jeffrey Wenig Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drug Delivery
Date:10/5/2007

Nastech to recognize two outstanding individuals for their leadership in advancing the development of new therapeutics through better drug delivery. Nastech plans to sponsor awards on a biennial basis and intends to partner with a leading scientific organization for future awards.

Dr. Robert Langer, Institute Professor at MIT, is widely recognized as a leader in the field of drug delivery. In 2007, he received the 2006 United States National Medal of Science. A major focus of his work is the study and development of polymers to deliver drugs, particularly proteins, DNA and RNAi. He has been involved in developing numerous companies in the field through his innovations in drug delivery and by providing expert guidance to companies as they advance novel technologies and therapeutics. Dr. Langer's patents have been licensed or sublicensed to over 180 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies.

Dr. Paul Johnson has served as Nastech's Chief Scientific Officer since 2003. Dr. Johnson led the development of innovative technologies for non- invasive delivery of peptide and protein therapeutics. He has also been instrumental in creating solutions to barriers in the development and delivery of RNAi therapeutics. Prior to Nastech, Dr. Johnson worked as the Head of the Cell and Molecular Biology Department in the Cancer Research Department at Berlex Biosciences, the U.S. Research and Development Center for Schering AG. Dr. Johnson is retiring from Nastech effective October 5, 2007.

About Nastech

Nastech is a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative products based on proprietary molecular biology-based drug delivery technologies. Nastech and its collaboration partners are developing products for multiple therapeutic areas including osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, autism, respiratory diseases and inflammatory conditions. Additional information about Nastech is available at h
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