DiaMedica Inc.

DiaMedica Inc.

July 07, 2014 08:30 ET

DiaMedica Appoints Rich Pilnik as Chairman of the Board of Directors

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA--(Marketwired - July 7, 2014) - DiaMedica Inc. (TSX VENTURE:DMA), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of diabetes and its complications, announced today the appointment of Richard Pilnik as Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors.

Mr. Pilnik has been a member of DiaMedica's Board of Directors since 2009. He recently retired as Executive Vice President and President of Quintiles Commercial Solutions, a global pioneer in pharmaceutical services. Mr. Pilnik previously spent 25 years at Eli Lilly, where he held several leadership positions including Group Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

"Rich's vast background in the global biopharmaceutical market, healthcare services experience, and strategic planning and medical/marketing expertise will be a great complement in driving DiaMedica's product and corporate development," said Rick Pauls, President & CEO.

Mr. Pilnik will replace Rick Pauls as Chairman. Mr. Pauls will continue as President & CEO and a member of the Board of Directors.

"I am very pleased to accept the Chairmanship of the Board of DiaMedica and I look forward to helping the Company advance the development of new and innovative therapies and cultivating strategic relationships," said Mr. Pilnik.

Mr. Pilnik has served on the board of directors of Elan Corporation, a successful bio-pharmaceutical company focused on neurodegenerative diseases, prior to the company being acquired in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

About DiaMedica

DiaMedica Inc. is a publicly traded (TSX VENTURE:DMA) clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel therapies to treat diabetes and the complications associated with diabetes. DiaMedica's lead clinical stage product, DM199, is a recombinant human protein known as rhKLK1 that represents a novel approach to treating diabetes and associated complications. DiaMedica is also developing a novel monoclonal antibody, DM204 for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, which is in preclinical development.

The Company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in Canada under the trading symbol 'DMA'.


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