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Optimer Pharmaceuticals Appoints Hank McKinnell to Its Board of Directors
Date:1/10/2011

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPTR) today announced the appointment of Dr. Hank McKinnell to its Board of Directors.  Dr. McKinnell is the former Chief Executive Officer and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pfizer Inc.  He is currently Chairman of the Accordia Global Health Foundation, an organization dedicated to fighting infectious diseases in Africa, and is a member of the boards of Moody's Corporation, Angiotech Pharmaceutical, Inc., and privately-held Emmaus Medical, Inc.

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"Hank McKinnell's extensive business experience, deep interest in the opportunities of the biotech industry, and dedication to profound social advances to health and wellness for patients globally makes him a valuable addition to Optimer's Board of Directors," said Pedro Lichtinger, President and CEO of Optimer. "Our ability to attract someone with Hank's business acumen and demonstrated leadership talent is an inspiration to our team. His experience in economics, strategy and business operations has been instrumental in pioneering an approach for marrying innovation, health and wellness and market access as the essential formula for success in today's pharmaceutical marketplace.  We at Optimer will benefit from his tremendous skillset and insights."

"Optimer has a unique opportunity to drive some of the most exciting innovation in health care," said Dr. McKinnell.  "Fidaxomicin is a cutting edge antibiotic for c.diff, a bacterial infection putting increasing pressure on hospitals and placing the sick and elderly at particular risk, and addresses a growing health challenge with the aging of our population – especially as the first of the Baby Boomers turn 65 this Jan
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