MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - November 02, 2010) - A5 Laboratories Inc. (A5 Labs) (OTCBB: AFLB) today announced the appointment of Dr. Abderrazzak Merzouki to the position of Director of Cell Engineering and Biotherapeutics. Dr. Merzouki is molecular biologist and immunologist with extensive experience in the advancement of biological molecules, such as interferons, through their preclinical and clinical phases of analysis and development. He has previously been a consultant in the development of products for Introgen Therapeutics Inc., Gencell (Japan), Aventis Pharma, Genomics One, ID Biomedical, Shire and Rhone Poulenc Rorer. In his role at A5 Labs, Dr. Merzouki will direct all aspects of interferon product development as well as strengthening and enhancement of the company's patent portfolio.
Dr. Merzouki obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in immunology from Armand-Frappier Institute in Quebec in 1996 and received his post-doctoral training at the University of British Columbia and BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS research. From 1999 until 2007 he was professor of Immunology at the Armand-Frappier institute. In 2007, Dr. Merzouki joined the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal as a senior scientist where he has directly been involved in the latest research and development of interferon based therapies. Dr. Merzouki has over 25 publications in the most respected journals in the field of cellular and molecular biology.
"I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Merzouki to our interferon development team. His extensive knowledge of the latest developments in interferon therapies will provide a significant depth to our management and will put A5 Labs at the forefront of interferon product development," said Dr. Richard Azani, President and CEO.
About A5 Labs:
A5 Labs is a contract research based organization servicing the pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in North America. The company utilizes its research capabilities to license and acquire novel biotechnology products for development and commercialization.
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