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PTC Therapeutics Appoints Robert Spiegel, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer
Date:3/30/2011

Jay Barth will lead all clinical development programs for ataluren, an investigational new drug for the treatment of nonsense mutation genetic disorders.  Ataluren is currently being investigated for use in Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia and methylmalonic acidemia due to a nonsense mutation.  Dr. Barth received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He completed a residency in Pediatrics at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Liver disease and Nutrition at the New England Medical Center.  In his previous role at Merck, Dr. Barth served as Executive Director of Clinical Development and was responsible for global clinical development programs in respiratory, supportive oncology and gastroenterology.  

"We are excited to welcome Dr. Spiegel as a member of our senior management team.  Bob's extensive clinical development experience, especially his track record in leading discussions with regulatory authorities, will be invaluable as we move ataluren toward regulatory filings," stated Dr. Stuart Peltz, President and CEO of PTC Therapeutics.  "Jay has been a key contributor to the successful execution of our ataluren development plan since 2009 and the expansion of his role further supports advancement of our development efforts with ataluren."

About PTC Therapeutics, Inc.  

PTC is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of orally administered small-molecule drugs that target post-transcriptional control processes.  Post-transcriptional control processes regulate the rate and timing of protein production and are of central importance to proper cellular function.  PTC's internally discovered pipeline addresses multiple therapeutic areas, including rare genetic disorders,
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