Shawn Cross Joins Burrill Merchant Banking

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 18 /CNW/ -- Burrill & Company, a San Francisco-based
global leader in life sciences with activities in Venture Capital, Private
Equity, Merchant Banking and Media, is pleased to announce that Shawn Cross
has joined the firm as Managing Director, Merchant Banking. Shawn will assist
clients in structuring and completing mergers and acquisitions, partnering and
capital raising transactions. In addition, Shawn will make an important
contribution to the collective efforts of the Burrill Merchant Banking Team in
the formation and deployment of Burrill Private Equity funds.  Shawn brings
considerable experience in life science investment banking including:

    - A twelve year career beginning at Alex. Brown & Sons Inc. where he
focused on growth oriented companies and completed a broad range of
transactions for leading life sciences companies such as Sepracor and United

    - Six years in London and New York City predominantly focused on mid and
large-cap pharmaceutical companies - after Alex. Brown was acquired by
Deutsche Bank AG in 1999 - including strategic advisory assignments for
numerous European pharmaceutical companies such as Bayer AG in addition to
book-running successful financings for emerging US companies such as Auxilium
Pharmaceuticals and Sciele.

    - An exclusive focus on growth-oriented life sciences companies at Thomas
Weisel Partners LLC in San Francisco.

    Mr. Cross received an MBA with Honors from Columbia Business School.
Prior to business school, he was involved in cancer research at the University
of Washington Medical School where his research on the role of p53 and solid
tumor progression culminated with a first authorship in the journal Science.

    "We are delighted to have Shawn on board," said G. Steven Burrill, CEO of
Burrill & Company. "Given the turmoil in the capital markets and in investment
banking, we see an enormous opportunity to serve the life sciences industry by
accelerating the growth of our Merchant Banking business. Shawn's experience
in life science investment banking is a perfect fit with our ongoing global
life sciences activities."

    "The strategy to combine M&A, partnering and capital raising advisory
services with the deployment of our own private equity and venture capital
provides unique value to the marketplace," said James Watson, Head of Merchant
Banking at Burrill & Company.  "Shawn joins our rapidly growing team and will
considerably enhance our capabilities."

    About Burrill Merchant Banking
    Burrill Merchant Banking assists life science companies to identify,
negotiate and close strategic transactions. Service lines include:

    - Merger & Acquisitions
    - Strategic Partnering
    - Spin-Outs and Divestitures
    - Financing Advisory and Private Placement
    - Private Equity

    About Burrill & Company
    Founded in 1994, Burrill & Company is a San Francisco-based global leader
in life sciences with activities in Venture Capital, Private Equity, Merchant
Banking and Media. The Burrill family of venture capital funds has over $950
million under management and its merchant banking business is one of the
industry leaders in life sciences transactions. Burrill is also the creator,
sponsor and facilitator of over a dozen leading industry conferences worldwide
and publisher of a range of bio-intelligence reports including the monthly
Burrill Report, which tracks the progress of the global biotechnology industry
and our annual "State of the Industry" report, the latest of which is Biotech
2009-Life Sciences: Navigating the Sea Change, the 23rd annual report on the
industry. The 470-plus page book contains analysis and perspectives on the
performance of the industry in 2008 and projections for 2009 and beyond.


For further information:

For further information: James Watson, Managing Director, Head of
Merchant Banking, +1-415-591-5474, Web Site:

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