Thallion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
TSX : TLN

Thallion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

June 09, 2009 07:00 ET

Thallion Announces Changes to Management and Board of Directors

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 9, 2009) - Thallion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX:TLN) today announced the departure of Dr. Pierre Falardeau from the senior management team and Dr. Halvor Jaeger, F.C.P., from the Board of Directors. Dr. Falardeau has resigned his position as Chief Operating Officer of the Company, effective June 12, 2009, to pursue other interests and has agreed to act as a consultant to the Company to assist in the transition process.

"On behalf of Thallion team, I would like to thank Dr. Falardeau for his many contributions over the past seven years in helping to transform Ecopia BioSciences, and then Thallion Pharmaceuticals, into an oncology company with two products in Phase II trials," said Lloyd M. Segal, Chief Executive Officer. "We wish him success in his future endeavors."

Thallion also announced the promotion of Dr. Didier Reymond to Executive Vice President Clinical Development. Dr. Reymond will assume the leadership of all Thallion's clinical and regulatory operations.

Thallion recently announced a corporate reorganization to extend its development runway into 2011 including a reduction in headcount and additional savings from non-core areas through negotiations with various suppliers and partners. The Company also announced an agreement to raise $8.85 million in new, non-dilutive capital.

The Board of Directors has also accepted the resignation of Dr. Halvor Jaeger, who has elected to resign to focus on other opportunities. The resignation is effective immediately.

"I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to Halvor for his commitment, counsel and support of the long-term strategy we are executing at Thallion. His medical expertise and strategic advice were significant," said Franklin Berger, Lead Director of the Board of Directors of Thallion.

About Thallion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Thallion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX:TLN) is a biotechnology company developing pharmaceutical products in the areas of oncology and infectious disease. Thallion has three clinical programs at the Phase II stage of development. The two oncology product candidates include TLN-4601, a novel anti-cancer therapy targeting the RAS-MAPK pathway, and TLN-232, a peptide therapy targeting the M2 isoform of the metabolic enzyme pyruvate kinase (M2PK), with potential efficacy in multiple oncology indications. TLN-4601 and TLN-232 are currently recruiting patients in their respective multi-centre, Phase II, North American clinical trials. The Company's third product candidate, Shigamabs®, is a dual antibody product for the treatment of Shigatoxin producing E. coli bacterial infections. Additional information about the Company can be obtained at www.thallion.com.

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