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NGM Biopharmaceuticals Appoints Dr. Arthur D. Levinson, Former Genentech CEO, to its Board of Directors
Date:10/21/2009

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NGM), a private company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel biotherapeutics for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases, today announced that Arthur D. Levinson, Ph.D., the Chairman of Genentech's Board of Directors, has been appointed to NGM's Board of Directors. Under Dr. Levinson's leadership as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to 2009, Genentech became a leading global therapeutics company that was widely recognized as the most innovative biotechnology company in the industry.

Founded in 2008, NGM has created a proprietary discovery platform and pipeline based on biological insights into the relationship between bariatric gastric bypass surgery and post-surgical resolution of Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders. Dr. Levinson will join other distinguished advisors in guiding the Company's research, development and business strategies.

"NGM has the attributes and values that I believe are fundamental to building an innovative and sustainable biotechnology company," said Dr. Levinson. "The company's creative approach to scientific research should provide new insights into disease processes, and support the discovery of differentiated, clinically important medicines."

"Art's accomplishments and leadership during his thirty years at Genentech are legendary," said David V. Goeddel, Ph.D., NGM's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "His scientific and business acumen will be invaluable in shaping NGM's continued progress."

Dr. Levinson is currently the chairman of Genentech's Board of Directors, an advisor to Genentech's Research and Early Development center and a member of Roche's Scientific Resource Board. In addition, he will be nominated to the Board of Directors of Roche Holding Ltd. in March 2010. Among his significant commitments are his memberships on the Bo
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