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Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Appoints Tom Kassberg Chief Business Officer
Date:9/4/2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a development-stage company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel antibiotics for the treatment of acute care antibiotic-resistant infections, announced today that Thomas R. Kassberg has joined the company as Chief Business Officer. In his new role, Mr. Kassberg will lead the company's business development activities.

Mr. Kassberg, age 49, joins Rib-X from Proteolix, Inc., where he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, overseeing business development, corporate strategic planning and legal affairs. Prior to Proteolix, Mr. Kassberg had over a decade of experience in leadership roles in business development in the biotechnology industry, holding positions at InterMune, Inc., Plexxikon, Inc. (a company he co-founded), and SUGEN, Inc.

Mr. Kassberg began his career at Bristol-Myers Squibb where he held a variety of positions in finance, product and market analysis, and sales. Mr. Kassberg received his M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.

"Tom joins Rib-X at a particularly important time in our growth, as we explore potential partnership opportunities for our lead antibiotic compounds, delafloxacin and radezolid, which have successfully completed multiple Phase 2 clinical trials," said Susan Froshauer, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rib-X Pharmaceuticals. "His business development experience and background are an ideal fit for what we need at this stage in our maturation."

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Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a product-driven small molecule drug discovery and development company focused on the structure-based design of new classes of antibiotics. The Company's underlying drug discovery
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