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LINEBERRY RESEARCH ASSOCIATES KICKS OFF 1997 WITH THREE KEY PROMOTIONS

Research Triangle Park, NC, January 15, 1997 -- Lineberry Research Associates (LRA), a pharmaceutical research and consulting firm in Research Triangle Park, NC, today announced the following three promotions: Mark Cierpial, Ph.D. to Associate Director, Clinical Research/Regulatory, Moise Khayrallah, Ph.D. to Associate Director, Clinical Research/Regulatory, and Kimberly Hines Stanley to Manager, Clinical Support.

Drs. Cierpial and Khayrallah will be developing parallel groups dedicated to providing a full range of clinical research and regulatory services to a growing list of both large and small pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. They will be handling all aspects of drug development for LRA's clients, from strategic planning for new compounds to preparation of regulatory submissions.

As LRA has recently moved into designing and implementing clinical trials, Ms. Stanley will be managing clinical support services, including staff education and training, standard operating procedures, and quality assurance activities.

"These appointments will facilitate our growth at LRA, while allowing us to maintain our responsiveness to our clients," said Charles Lineberry, Ph.D., President of LRA. "These are extremely talented individuals who have contributed greatly to the outstanding performance of LRA over the last year and their leadership will ensure our future success."

Dr. Moise Khayrallah joined LRA in March, 1996. With nine years of pharmaceutical experience, he brings to LRA a strong background in clinical research and project management, as well as statistical strategy and analysis.

Dr. Mark Cierpial came to LRA in June, 1996 with 5 years of prior pharmaceutical experience in addition to 5 years of NIH-funded postdoctoral training in neurobiology and neuroimmunology.

Both Drs. Khayrallah and Cierpial have served as project leaders on multiple INDs and NDAs while at LRA.

Ms. Kimberly Hines Stanley joined LRA in February, 1996 after 5 years in the pharmaceutical industry. During the last year, Ms. Stanley has been providing scientific writing services as well as overall project management on clinical trials for LRA's clients.

Lineberry Research Associates is a full-service contract research organization that provides complete development capabilities, from IND application to NDA approval and post-marketing, with particular expertise in CNS, anesthesia and analgesia.  In addition to offering proven experience in managing clinical trials, LRA further differentiates itself by providing its pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients with high level scientific and regulatory consulting services as well as expertise in scientific writing and communications.


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