Kiadis Pharma Appoints Dr. Maarten Egeler, MD PhD as Chief Medical Officer



    AMSTERDAM, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - Biopharmaceutical Company Kiadis Pharma focused
on the development of innovative cell based therapeutics in the field of bone
marrow transplantation, announces today the appointment of Dr. Maarten Egeler
as Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Dr. Egeler is a global leading pediatric bone
marrow transplantation physician and an internationally-recognized authority
in pediatric hemato-oncology. He brings to Kiadis Pharma over more than 20
years of expertise in this field.
    The appointment of Dr. Egeler is an important milestone in the
development of Kiadis Pharma's lead product ATIR(TM) as a revolutionary
approach to provide safe and potentially life-saving mismatched bone marrow
transplantations as a treatment option for end-stage leukemia patients. Dr.
Egeler's appointment will strongly support the upcoming multi-center pivotal
study on ATIR(TM) early 2009.
    Dr. Egeler will join Kiadis Pharma part time next to his position as Head
of the Pediatric Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation division of the
University of Leiden. As Kiadis Pharma's CMO, he will oversee all medical
affairs of the company and he will work closely with the company's global
network of key opinion leaders in the transplantation community on the
development of the company's products.
    "Maarten has been acting as a medical advisor for Kiadis Pharma over the
last year and we are very pleased that he agreed to become our CMO", says
Manja Bouman, CEO of Kiadis Pharma. "The depth of his medical expertise in the
field of bone marrow transplantations, his leadership worldwide in
haplo-identical transplantation and his network with key opinion leaders in
the field will greatly contribute to the success of our products and company".
    "I am very excited to join Kiadis Pharma in the role of CMO. I look
forward to participate in the development of its programs. I am particularly
excited to work on the ATIR(TM) product, which is aimed at preventing acute
Graft versus Host Disease and thus enables severe mismatched bone marrow
transplantation (so-called 'haplo-identical transplantation') and is entering
a pivotal study in early 2009", says Maarten Egeler. "I am confident that my
background in this field within the pediatric setting will be valuable for the
company."
    For the complete press release please go to: http://www.kiadis.com/news





For further information:

For further information: Kiadis Pharma B.V., Eefje Simpelaar, Director
Communications, Email: e.simpelaar@kiadis.com, Tel: +31-20-3140250, Mob:
+31-6-10829344

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