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Optimer Pharmaceuticals Announces Key Additions to Management Team
Date:1/10/2011

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPTR) today announced the appointment of Linda Amper, Ph.D., as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Hemal Shah as Senior Vice President of Health, Economics & Outcomes Research (HEOR), and John Womelsdorf, Ph.D., as Vice President of Business Development. These key positions will strengthen the management team as the Company prepares to become a commercial organization and prepares for the potential launch of its lead product candidate, fidaxomicin.

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"These additions to our management team are an important step as we continue preparing for the planned commercialization of fidaxomicin," said Pedro Lichtinger, Optimer's President and CEO. "With the potential marketing approval of fidaxomicin in 2011, the expansion of our management team will help support and manage the anticipated growth at the Company, leverage the health economic benefit of fidaxomicin, and maximize business development and licensing opportunities."

Dr. Amper, with more than 20 years of experience in human resources, joins Optimer from OSI Pharmaceuticals (now Astellas Pharma) where she served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources for the last nine years. During her tenure at OSI, Dr. Amper transitioned the company from a research entity into a fully integrated commercial organization. Prior to joining OSI, she served at the New York Blood Center for 23 years where she held several key positions including her final position as Executive Director and Vice President of Long Island Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center.  Immediately prior to that position, Dr. Amper served as Vice President, Human Resources for the New York Blood Center.  Dr. Ampe
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