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Optimer Pharmaceuticals Appoints Gregory Papaz to New Position of Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations
Date:12/20/2010

eeing a team of approximately 850 hospital sales professionals, including 85 managers and 11 directors, and managed $2 billion in annual Lovenox® sales and the hospital portion of the $4 billion Plavix® business.  

Mr. Papaz began his career as a sales representative for Marion Laboratories and was quickly promoted into larger sales leadership roles over the next thirty years, including Vice President, Bone/CNS Sales, followed by Vice President, Oncology Sales at Aventis Pharmaceuticals prior to his position at Sanofi-Aventis. Mr. Papaz received his MBA from the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University. He holds a BS in Hospital and Healthcare Administration from Providence College.  

About Optimer PharmaceuticalsOptimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing hospital specialty products to treat serious infections and address unmet medical needs. Optimer has two anti-infective product candidates in development, fidaxomicin and Pruvel™ (prulifloxacin).  Fidaxomicin is a narrow spectrum antibiotic being developed for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).  The Company has submitted an NDA to the FDA, and filed a MAA with the EMA (European Medicines Agency) for fidaxomicin. Pruvel™ is a prodrug in the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics being developed as a treatment for infectious diarrhea. Additional information can be found at http://www.optimerpharma.com.

Forward-Looking StatementsStatements included in this press release that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements, including without limitation all statements related to the potential approval and commercial launch of fidaxomicin, Optimer's establishment of a commercial organization and the future roles and contributions of Mr. Papaz at Optimer. Word
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