VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2011) - Sirona Biochem Corp. (TSX VENTURE:SBM) (the "Company"), a biotechnology company specializing in carbohydrate chemistry technology, including the development of diabetes and obesity therapeutics, cosmeceuticals and biological ingredients, is pleased to announce its appointment of Dr. Bertrand Plouvier to the position of Vice President, Product Development.
Dr. Bertrand Plouvier will be overseeing project management and development of Sirona Biochem's three programs in diabetes therapeutics, cosmeceuticals and biological ingredients. His responsibilities will include leading, directing and managing the biological assessment and complete characterization of compounds from discovery through to preclinical proof of concept.
About Dr. Bertrand Plouvier
Dr. Bertrand Plouvier is Vice President, Product Development at Sirona Biochem, a biotechnology company with programs in diabetes therapeutics, cosmeceuticals and biological ingredients. Since 2007, Dr. Plouvier has been a consultant for several start-up pharmaceutical companies, including Verona Pharma plc in the UK. From 1995 to 2007, Dr. Plouvier worked at Cardiome Pharma, where he established the company's chemistry department. As Associate Director of synthetic chemistry at Cardiome, he contributed to the discovery and clinical development of Vernakalant, a new antiarrhythmic agent for the treatment of recent onset of atrial fibrillation, currently pending approval by the FDA. Previous to this role, Dr. Plouvier worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the chemistry department at the University of Alberta. Dr. Plouvier is a medicinal chemist who has discovered several pre-clinical and clinical candidates for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and cough over the course of his career. He obtained his PhD at the University of Lille, France in 1991 and a master in drug design from the Institut de Chimie Pharmaceutique de Lille, France. Dr. Plouvier is co-author of 12 publications and 6 patents. Dr. Plouvier also obtained his certification as Project Manager Professional in March 2008.
About Sirona Biochem Corp.
Sirona Biochem is a biotechnology company specializing in carbohydrate chemistry. We are applying a proprietary chemistry technique towards the development of diabetes therapeutics, cosmeceuticals and biological ingredients. Sirona Biochem aims to develop enhanced carbohydrate-based molecules by improving their pharmaceutical properties. Our lead product, a sodium glucose transporter (SGLT) inhibitor for Type 2 diabetes, recently achieved positive preclinical results. For more information visit www.sironabiochem.com.
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