SOURCE: ThinkEquity Partners LLC

February 22, 2006 12:03 ET

ThinkEquity Partners LLC Appoints Vinny Jindal and Andrew McDonald, Ph.D. as Co-Heads of Healthcare Research

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 22, 2006 -- ThinkEquity Partners LLC, a research-centric investment firm, announced today the appointments of Vinny Jindal and Andrew McDonald as co-heads of the firm's Healthcare Equities Research group.

Mr. Jindal joins the firm as a Principal based in San Francisco. Mr. Jindal was previously a Vice President in Biotechnology Equity Research at Wedbush Morgan Securities. Prior to that, Mr. Jindal worked as an Associate in Biotechnology Equity Research at Lehman Brothers and on the buy-side at Origin Capital Management. He holds a BA in Integrative Biology and MS in Endocrinology from the University of California, Berkeley as well as a MS in Molecular Pharmacology from Cornell University Medical School.

Dr. McDonald, who has been with ThinkEquity since 2004, is a Principal based in San Francisco, focused on the biotechnology industry. Previously, Dr. McDonald was a scientist at Cytokinetics in its oncology drug discovery program. His efforts contributed to and culminated with a promising cancer drug currently in Phase I clinical trials. Previously, Dr. McDonald held a scientist position at Pfizer, where he developed a number of proof-of-concept agents targeting the growing vasculature of tumor cells. He holds a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from the University of California, Irvine and a BS degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

In announcing these appointments, Peter Coleman, Director of Research at ThinkEquity said, "We are pleased to announce the co-head positions of Andrew and Vinny and are thrilled that we have added such depth to our Health Care Research group, and both will add extensive experience to an already strong business."

About ThinkEquity Partners LLC

ThinkEquity Partners LLC is a research-centric institutional investment firm focused on the growth economy. ThinkEquity Partners is dedicated to providing focused insight, advisory services, and capital to institutional investors and corporate constituents in the knowledge economy's key growth verticals, including technology, healthcare, media and consumer business services. For more information about ThinkEquity Partners, please visit www.thinkequity.com. Member NASD and SIPC.

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