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Quark Pharmaceuticals Appoints New Chief Medical Officer
Date:9/4/2007

FREMONT, Calif., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel RNA interference-based therapeutics, announced today that J. Joseph Marr, M.D. has been appointed as the Company's new Chief Medical Officer.

In this capacity, Dr. Marr will play a key role in supporting Quark's current clinical programs and in outlining the goals and plans of the Company's pipeline.

Prior to joining Quark, Dr. Marr served as President of BioMed, LLC, a medical and biotechnology consulting company, since 1999. He simultaneously served as General Partner of Pacific Rim Ventures, a venture capital firm, since 2000. Previously, Dr. Marr held positions at Immulogic Pharmaceutical Corporation from 1996 to 1999, serving most recently as President, CEO, and member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Marr previously served as Vice President, Research and Development of Ribozyme Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and as Senior Vice President, Discovery Research at Monsanto Searle Research and Development. Dr. Marr received a Doctorate of Medicine from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has held professorial positions at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, St. Louis University School of Medicine, and Washington University School of Medicine.

Daniel Zurr, CEO of Quark Pharmaceuticals, commented, "Dr. Marr brings to Quark nearly 20 years experience in clinical research positions at note worthy pharmaceutical companies, including Immulogic and Ribozyme. His extensive experience as a consultant to global pharmaceutical companies, combined with his past work as a practicing physician, adds to the depth of our team as we aggressively expand our clinical trials program. With his addition, we are well prepared to meet the increasing workload of our extensive clinical pipeline."

Currently Quark is conducting a Phase I/IIa clinical trial for its lead product candidate, RTP80
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