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TOPICA Names Mark W. Davis Vice President of Clinical Development
Date:2/18/2010

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- TOPICA Pharmaceuticals, a privately-held biotechnology company, today announced the appointment of Mark W. Davis as Vice President of Clinical Development.  In this position, Mr. Davis will lead TOPICA's clinical development activities for luliconazole, its lead product candidate, for the treatment of onychomycosis (nail and nail bed fungal infections) and tinea pedis (athlete's foot).  The company expects to initiate a Phase 1/2a trial of luliconazole in the U.S. for onychomycosis during the first quarter of 2010 and to advance luliconazole into a Phase 3 clinical development program for tinea pedis this year.  

"Mark Davis is a very experienced clinical development leader with a solid background in dermatology," said Greg Vontz, president and CEO of TOPICA.  "Mark's understanding of the clinical development process, as well as his long-standing relationship with the FDA's Dermatology Division is vital to TOPICA's success and he will play a major role in our preparation for commercialization of luliconazole."

"Based on luliconazole's strong clinical profile, clinical development programs and previous approval in Japan, as well as TOPICA's robust Phase 2 study in tinea pedis, I believe the compound is poised for terrific success," said Mr. Davis.  "I will be working diligently to advance all of the clinical development programs for luliconazole with a specific near-term focus on leading development efforts in onychomycosis where this anti-fungal therapy could become the first truly effective and safe topical therapy for patients."

Mr. Davis has more than 27 years of experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industry.  Prior
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