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Raptor Pharmaceuticals Appoints Dr. Patrice P. Rioux as Chief Medical Officer
Date:4/13/2009

NOVATO, Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Raptor Pharmaceuticals Corp. ("Raptor" or the "Company") (OTC Bulletin Board: RPTP) today announced the appointment of Patrice P. Rioux, M.D., Ph.D., as Chief Medical Officer ("CMO"). Dr. Rioux will be responsible for the clinical and regulatory advancement of Raptor's clinical-stage drug development programs.

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Raptor's clinical programs include Delayed-Release Cysteamine ("DR Cysteamine") for the potential treatment of nephropathic cystinosis ("cystinosis"), non-alcoholic steatohepatitis ("NASH") and Huntington's Disease ("Huntington's"), as well as Convivia(TM), for the potential treatment of aldehyde dehydrogenase ("ALDH2") deficiency.

Dr. Rioux has extensive experience as a clinician, researcher, medical director and regulatory specialist. Most recently, Dr. Rioux was CMO of FerroKin Biosciences, an early-stage developer of iron chelator for treatment of anemias. Prior to that, he was CMO and Vice President Clinical/Regulatory for Edison Pharmaceuticals, which focused on developing drugs to treat inherited and acquired energy impairment diseases. Dr. Rioux' three-decade career includes industry experience at companies such as Repligen Corp., Arrow International, Variagenics, Inc., Biogen and GRP (Groupement de Recherche en Pharmacologie). He previously was a researcher in Clinical Research and Epidemiology at INSERM (Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale), a French organization that supports national research in the medical field, from 1975 to 1995. Educated in France, Dr. Rioux has an M.D., a Ph.D. in Mathematical Statisics, and a Masters in Pharmacology.

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