George Whitney Joins Kyowa Hakko USA

March 23, 2010

New York, NY – George Whitney has joined the Kyowa Hakko USA sales and marketing department as director of business development for pharmaceutical bulk products. The announcement was made by Leo Cullen, Kyowa Hakko USA vice president of sales and marketing.

Whitney's primary responsibilities will include the development of Kyowa Hakko Bio technology and products within the pharmaceutical industry focusing on cell culture, medical foods, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), intermediates and diagnostic reagents. Additionally, Whitney will seek out opportunities to integrate production capabilities of Daiichi Fine Chemicals, Inc., targeting development of APIs and intermediates. Whitney will be based in the New York office.

Whitney has more than 25 years of experience in the biotechnology field and has held various positions in process development, R&D, bio-fermentation production, sales and marketing and business development. Most recently Whitney was associate director of sales and business development for the custom manufacturing group at Lonza Group Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stockton State College and Masters of Science Degree from Trenton State College.

"George Whitney's technical training and experience in the biotech field will allow Kyowa Hakko USA to expand its business activities in the pharmaceutical market beyond our traditional applications," said Cullen.

Kyowa Hakko is an international health ingredients manufacturer and world leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and food products. Kyowa is the maker of branded ingredients including Cognizin® Citicoline, Hydrafend™ Hyaluronic Acid, Lumistor® L-Hydroxyproline, Setria® Glutathione, Kyowa CoQ10™ as well as Sustamine™ L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine.

Kyowa offers manufacturers and formulators one of the industry's most extensive lines of over 50 amino acids and related compounds, including D-Amino acids and branch-chain amino acids, as well as nucleic acids, bio-products and fine chemicals.

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