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University Medical Pharmaceuticals Appoints Tom Roche as Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
Date:1/21/2009

Beauty Care Sales and Marketing Veteran to Drive International Retail Expansion, With Near Term Focus on Top Selling AcneFree Product Group and New WrinkleFree Brand Line Extension

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- University Medical Pharmaceuticals, a leading developer and distributor of medically developed and efficacy-based skin and beauty care products sold at more than 40,000 mass market retail locations throughout the U.S., announced today that it has appointed Tom Roche as Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing.

Mr. Roche, a beauty care and retail sales and marketing expert with more than 25 years of consumer packaged goods experience, now oversees all of the company's worldwide sales and marketing programs. Currently he is focused on the trade and consumer introduction of extensions to the company's WrinkleFree line. Mr. Roche reports to Raymond Francis, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Most recently Mr. Roche was Vice President of Field Sales for Maybelline-Garner, a division of L'Oreal USA. At Maybelline, Mr. Roche helped build the Nutritioniste brand into a $100 million-plus line for the company. He has also held executive positions with Pfizer/Warner-Lambert Company managing oral care and consumer healthcare product lines, and Schwarzkopf & Dep, a division Henkel Corporation, where Mr. Roche opened up new international markets and retail channels for the company's hair styling products.

"As University Medical is poised for significant expansion of our product line as well as retail presence in the U.S. and international territories, Tom is a strategic addition to our executive management team with the experience and drive necessary to move our science-based, quality skin care products deeper into the global marketplace," commented Ray Francis, University Medical Pharmaceuticals' President and Chief Executive Officer.

University Medical Pharmaceuticals' growing line of skin and beauty care products are developed in conjunction with leading university dermatology departments and faculty members. Cornerstones of the company's skin care offerings include the AcneFree line of products that are consistently top sellers at retail accounts including Costco and Wal-Mart since introduction in 2003.

"As University Medical continues to expand its line of skin care solutions that really deliver results, the timing has never been better to introduce our effective and popularly-priced products to mass market retailers around the globe," said Tom Roche. "It is a real pleasure to be working with the nimble team of beauty care development professionals at University Medical who are quick to identify and productize the latest scientific breakthroughs to bring them to market on an expedited basis at very attractive price points."

Mr. Roche holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from San Diego State University, and an Executive MBA certificate in Consumer Marketing Strategy from Columbia University, Graduate School of Business. Mr. Roche resides in the Newport Beach area with his family.

About University Medical Pharmaceuticals

Established in 1994, University Medical's corporate goal is to provide the mass market consumer with quality, affordable products that really work. The entire University Medical product line is developed in conjunction with leading university medical faculty and clinically tested in order to offer consumers an effective alternative to products offered on television or in high-end department stores. University Medical's product line features effective and budget-friendly solutions for range of life-cycle skin care issues including the AcneFree line for acne and rosacea, and the WrinkleFree array that focuses on non-surgical wrinkle and fine line reduction as well as skin hydration. University Medical products are available at thousands of popular and easy to find retailers throughout the country including Costco, CVS, Walgreens and Wal-Mart, or online at www.universitymedical.com.


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