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News Release - June 14, 2006
Novacea Appoints John Walker to Board of DirectorsSOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--Jun 14, 2006 -- Novacea, Inc. (NasdaqNM:NOVC ) announced today the appointment of John P. Walker to the company's board of directors. Mr. Walker currently serves as chairman of the boards of directors for Renovis Inc., KAI Pharmaceuticals, Guava Technologies and Saegis Pharmaceuticals. He serves on the boards of directors for Geron Corporation and several privately-held biotechnology companies.
"John's extensive experience in building and managing biotechnology companies will be a very valuable asset to Novacea's Board of Directors," said Brad Goodwin, CEO of Novacea. "We look forward to leveraging his deep knowledge to help guide Novacea as we advance our lead product candidate, DN-101, through a Phase 3 clinical trial for the treatment of androgen-independent prostate cancer, and begin a registration study for our second product candidate, vinorelbine oral, for metastatic breast cancer in the second half of this year."
During his 35-year career, Mr. Walker has served as CEO or interim CEO of a number of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, including Chairman and interim CEO of KAI Pharmaceuticals, interim CEO of Guava Technologies, Chairman and CEO of Bayhill Therapeutics, and Chairman and interim CEO of Centaur Pharmaceuticals, Inc. From 1993 to 2001, he was Chairman, CEO, and a director of AXYS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its predecessor company Arris Pharmaceutical Corporation. Prior to Arris, Mr. Walker was Chairman and CEO of Vitaphore Corporation, a biomaterials company that was sold to Union Carbide Chemical and Plastics Company, Inc.
Additionally, Mr. Walker has served as a venture partner with Morgan Stanley Venture Partners and as an investment advisor to MDS Capital Corporation. Mr. Walker began his career with American Hospital Supply Corporation, where he held a variety of general management, sales, and operational positions and served as President of American Medical Systems and The Hospital Company.
Mr. Walker holds a bachelor's degree in history from The State University of New York at Buffalo and is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program, J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Novacea, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on in-licensing, developing and commercializing novel cancer therapies. Novacea has three product candidates in clinical trials, including DN-101, which currently is in a Phase 3 clinical trial for androgen-independent prostate cancer, or AIPC. Novacea's second drug candidate, oral vinorelbine, is expected to enter a registration trial for metastatic breast cancer in the second half of 2006. Novacea's third product candidate, AQ4N, is expected to advance into a Phase 1/2 clinical trial in the second half of 2006 for glioblastoma multiforme in combination with radiation and chemotherapy.
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