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Taligen Therapeutics Initiates Corporate Growth Plan with Appointment of Abbie Celniker, Ph.D., as CEO and Establishment of Cambridge, Mass., Headquarters
Date:7/23/2008

Company Focused on IND-Enabling Work with Protein Therapeutics that

Modulate Alternative Pathway of Complement System

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Taligen Therapeutics Inc. today announced it has initiated a corporate growth plan with the appointment of Abbie Celniker, Ph.D., as chief executive officer and the establishment of its headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. Dr. Celniker succeeds Woodruff Emlen, M.D., a co-founder of the company who remains president.

Under Dr. Celniker's leadership, Taligen intends to build its late-stage research and development operations in Cambridge while maintaining in Denver its early discovery activities that are closely aligned with an international complement biology research network organized by Michael Holers, M.D., one of the company's founders.

"Abbie's expertise will be critical to the acceleration of our efforts to develop protein therapeutics that are designed to modulate the alternative pathway of the complement system," said Dr. Emlen. "We are currently focused on IND-enabling work with our therapeutic candidates. Moreover, we have advanced our programs to the point where Abbie's significant experience in devising and implementing strategies and building infrastructure for the development of biologics will enable us to realize the potential of our expertise in complement biology."

Prior to joining Taligen, Dr. Celniker was global head of Novartis Biologics, where she built and oversaw Novartis' strategy and infrastructure for the late-stage discovery and development of protein therapeutics. Before this, she held senior research and development leadership positions with Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Wyeth BioPharma (Genetics Institute) and Genentech. Dr. Celniker earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Arizona and a B.A. in biology from the University of California, San Diego.

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