Pieris AG

Pieris appoints new Chief Executive Officer

    Freising-Weihenstephan, Germany (ots) - Pieris Proteolab AG announced today the appointment with immediate effect of Evert Küppers (37) as its new Chief Executive Officer.

    Mr Küppers joins Pieris from IDEA AG, where he was Vice President and Head of Business Development. He played a pivotal role in the company's corporate development by securing the Johnson & Johnson partnership for its lead late stage clinical product. Prior to IDEA he worked in London, United Kingdom, for the global pharmaceutical / health care practice of AT Kearney, a management consultancy firm. Mr Küppers acquired extensive operational experience during his four year tenure at BASF Pharma (now Abbott Labs.) for whom he also spent two years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, facilitating the establishment of its local businesses.

    Mr Küppers has a background in advanced biomedical sciences, having obtained extensive molecular biology research experience in the USA and The Netherlands, and an MBA degree from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

    "We are extremely pleased that Evert Küppers has accepted this position at Pieris" commented Dr Hans Küpper, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. "The company is in an exciting phase, where especially the experiences and hands-on skills of Mr Küppers are seen as very complementary."

  Evert Küppers, as appointed CEO, commented: "I am delighted to join Pieris at such an interesting time. The industry is increasingly appreciating the uniqueness of Pieris' proprietary ANTICALIN® technology, as illustrated by our ongoing partnership with Syngenta and our recently signed collaboration with GE Healthcare".

    For further information, please contact:     PIERIS Proteolab AG     Evert Küppers, Chief Executive Officer     Phone: +49 (0) 8161 1411 400

    Notes to editors:

    About Pieris Proteolab AG

    Pieris, located just outside of Munich, Germany, is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative ANTICALIN® therapies for oncology, immunology and cardiovascular diseases. Exploiting extensive know-how in protein engineering as part of a broad intellectual property portfolio, the Company applies a balanced risk business model to the development of its ANTICALIN® candidates.

    Recognising the enormous market potential of protein-based drugs, Pieris is creating the infrastructure of a drug discovery and development company and expects to submit its first therapeutic ANTICALIN® IND in 2007.

    For further corporate information please visit http://www.pieris.biz

    ANTICALIN, ANTICALINS, PIERIS Proteolab, and the company's logo are registered trademarks of PIERIS Proteolab AG.

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Kontakt:
PIERIS Proteolab AG
Evert Küppers, Chief Executive Officer
Phone: +49(0)8161/1411/400



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