Prana Biotechnology Strengthens Board With Non-Executive Appointment

MELBOURNE, Australia, July 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Prana Biotechnology Limited , is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Marks as a non-executive director. Mr. Marks brings to Prana extensive experience in the areas of corporate finance and advice and venture capital investment, having specialized in capital raisings (for listed and unlisted companies), underwritings and initial public offerings in London and Australia.

Mr. Marks currently serves as Executive Chairman of Premier Bionics Ltd., an investment company focused on investing in later stage Australian-based research and development projects that demonstrate strong commercial potential. He has served as an Associate Director of McIntosh Securities, now Merrill Lynch Australia, as well as held senior corporate finance positions at Barings Securities Ltd. and Burdett Buckeridge & Young Ltd. in their Melbourne offices. In his roles with these various financial institutions, he was responsible for advising a substantial number of listed and unlisted companies on issues ranging from corporate and company structure, to valuations, business strategies, acquisitions and international opportunities.

In addition, Mr. Marks has served as Head of the Melbourne Companies Department at the Australian Stock Exchange; been a founding Director of Momentum Funds Management Pty Ltd, an Australian venture capital firm; and was employed by KPMG Corporate Finance Ltd (Australia), where he rose to Director and was responsible for heading up the equity capital markets group in Melbourne.

Geoffrey Kempler, chairman and CEO of Prana, said, "Peter brings invaluable and highly relevant financial experience to the Board, as well as wise counsel. His appointment brings to three the number of non-executives on the Board. Peter will serve on the Audit Committee, helping to maintain a high level of corporate compliance."

Mr. Marks holds a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He completed his MBA at the Scottish School of Business at the University of Edinburgh.

About Prana Biotechnology Limited

Prana Biotechnology was established to commercialize research into Alzheimer's disease and other major age-related degenerative disorders. The company was incorporated in 1997 and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in March 2000 and listed on NASDAQ in September 2002. Researchers at prominent international institutions including the University of Melbourne and Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, discovered Prana's technology.

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