WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - October 20, 2010) - DiaMedica (TSX VENTURE: DMA) today announces the appointment of James Parsons, CA as Vice President of Finance. Mr. Parsons will be assuming the role previously held by Mr. Eric Johnstone. Mr. Parsons has an extensive background in the life sciences industry and over 20 years of finance management experience. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer for both private and public life science companies including Amorfix Life Sciences, Trillium Therapeutics and Lorus Therapeutics. He has also consulted for numerous firms including Astra Zeneca.
"The board of directors of DiaMedica welcomes Mr. Parsons to the DiaMedica team", stated Rick Pauls, President and CEO of DiaMedica. "James brings to DiaMedica a wealth of expertise through his numerous years of experience as CFO with public and private biotech companies where his responsibilities included the negotiation of product licenses and strong links with the investment community. We would also like to express our gratitude to Mr. Eric Johnstone for his contributions." continued Mr. Pauls.
DiaMedica today issued 40,000 stock options that are exercisable at a price of $0.44 for 5 years and are subject to acceptance by the TSX Venture exchange.
Please also note DiaMedica's new office address below.
DiaMedica is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel treatments for type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and other disorders. DiaMedica has completed two successful proof-of-concept Phase II studies with DM-71 and DM-99, which demonstrated human efficacy in lowering blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
DiaMedica's lead product DM-199 is a novel recombinant next generation form of DM-99, which has shown the potential to increase insulin sensitivity, reduce the autoimmune attack and trigger proliferation of pancreatic beta cells, neural stem cells and bone marrow cells. DiaMedica is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol "DMA". For further information please visit www.diamedica.com.
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Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these expectations include, among other things: uncertainties and risks related to our research and development programs, the availability of additional financing, risks and uncertainties relating to the anticipated use of proceeds, changes in debt and equity markets, uncertainties related to clinical trials and product development, rapid technological change, uncertainties related to forecasts, competition, potential product liability, additional financing requirements and access to capital, unproven markets, the cost and supply of raw materials, management of growth, effects of insurers' willingness to pay for products, risks related to regulatory matters and risks related to intellectual property matters. Additional information about these factors and about the material factors or assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements may be found in the body of this news release, as well as under the heading "Risk Factors" contained in DiaMedica's 2009 annual information form. DiaMedica cautions that the foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on DiaMedica's forward-looking statements to make decisions with respect to DiaMedica, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Such forward-looking statements are based on a number of estimates and assumptions, which may prove to be incorrect, including, but not limited to, assumptions regarding the availability of additional financing for research and development companies, and general business and economic conditions. These risks and uncertainties should be considered carefully and investors and others should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, DiaMedica cannot provide assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. DiaMedica undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.