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Former FDA Official Tim Cote Joins Emmaus Medical as Regulatory Advisor
Date:5/9/2013

TORRANCE, Calif., May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Timothy Cote , M.D., MPH, former director of the Office of Orphan Product Development of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has joined Emmaus Medical, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical and regenerative medicine company, in an advisory capacity, the company announced today.  Dr. Cote will advise Emmaus on the regulatory pathway for the company's sickle cell disease treatment.

"Dr. Cote's extensive regulatory knowledge and experience in rare diseases will be extremely beneficial as we move toward completion of our phase 3 clinical trial and into the analysis phase of the study," said Yutaka Niihara , M.D., MPH, founder and CEO of Emmaus Medical. "We remain on track to complete the study this year and look forward to working closely with Dr. Cote as we reach this important milestone, both for our company and the sickle cell disease community."

Dr. Cote is a leading national regulatory expert in orphan drug development. As a part of 22 years of federal service at the FDA, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Dr. Cote served as the Director of the FDA Office of Orphan Products Development (OODP) from 2007 to 2011. The OODP is the FDA's primary interface with companies seeking orphan designation for drug and device products or seeking guidance in navigating FDA processes in reviewing orphan products.  Dr. Cote was instrumental in implementing the Orphan Drug Act and personally signed more than 800 orphan drug designations in his time at the Agency.

Dr. Cote also has served as Senior Federal Advisor to the Director, District of Columbia Department of Health; Branch Chief, Therapeutics and Blood Safety, FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER); and Medical Director, Cancer Statistics Branch, National Cancer Institute. In 2011 Dr. Cote was the Chief Medica
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