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Ambit Biosciences Appoints David Parkinson, M.D., to Board of Directors
Date:4/15/2013

SAN DIEGO, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambit Biosciences Corporation today announced that David R. Parkinson , M.D., has been appointed to the company's board of directors. Dr. Parkinson is a venture partner at New Enterprise Associates, a position he has held since 2012, and a member of the board of directors for Threshold Pharmaceuticals, a publicly-traded oncology company, and Zyngenia, Inc. He served as a director of Facet Biotech through its acquisition by Abbott in 2010. 

Prior to joining New Enterprise Associates, Dr. Parkinson was president and chief executive officer of Nodality, a biotechnology company focused on personalized medicine. Before this, he held positions as senior vice president of oncology research at Biogen Idec, vice president of oncology development at Amgen, Inc, and vice president of global clinical oncology development at Novartis Corporation. Dr. Parkinson previously held multiple positions with the National Cancer Institute from 1990 to 1997, including chief of the Investigational Drug Branch and associate director of the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program. He has also served on the National Cancer Policy Forum of the Institute of Medicine and is a past president of the International Society of Biological Therapy. He is a past Chairman of the FDA's Biologics Advisory Committee and member of the FDA Science Board, and is a recipient of the FDA's Cody Medal .  Dr. Parkinson received his medical doctorate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, with internal medicine and hematology/oncology training at McGill University in Montreal and at New England Medical Center in Boston. He has held academic positions at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas and New England Medical Center at Tufts University School of Medicine.

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