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Regulus Strengthens Executive Management Team with Addition of David Szekeres as Chief Business Officer and General Counsel

February 19, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLS), a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, announced the addition of David Szekeres to its executive management team as Chief Business Officer and General Counsel. Most recently, Mr. Szekeres served as Deputy General Counsel, Chief M&A Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Life Technologies Corporation ("Life"), where he led more than fifty transactions valued at over $30 billion, including the merger of Applied Biosystems and Invitrogen in 2008 and the acquisition of Life by Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2013. During his tenure at Life, Mr. Szekeres was responsible for all legal functions during a time of significant growth for the company in the areas of corporate transactions, corporate governance, SEC reporting and compliance, and was responsible for expanding Life's diagnostics business with several strategic acquisitions. In his new role at Regulus, Mr. Szekeres will be responsible for leading Regulus' business development, strategic planning and legal efforts and will serve as a key member of its executive leadership team (see also Pharmaceutical Companies).

"We are very pleased to welcome David to our Regulus team at such an exciting time for the company," said Kleanthis G. Xanthopoulos, Ph.D., President and CEO of Regulus. "David's involvement with transformative strategic transactions and overall operational experience at Life will add both depth and strategic capabilities to our well rounded team as we continue to build Regulus into a top-tier biopharmaceutical company. We are dedicated to RNA therapeutics and to leading the discovery and development of a new and major class of medicines targeting microRNAs."

Mr. Szekeres brings to Regulus over a decade of legal and deal-making experience within the global life sciences industry. Prior to joining Regulus, Mr. Szekeres held the position of Deputy General Counsel, Chief M&A Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Life. Prior to joining Life, Mr. Szekeres held positions of increasing responsibility at a number of prestigious law firms, including Latham & Watkins LLP, O'Melveny & Myers LLP and Dechert LLP. Mr. Szekeres began his career in the investment banking group at Robertson Stephens. Mr. Szekeres is a member of the board of directors of Anochi BioPharma and the San Diego chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. Mr. Szekeres holds a B.A. from the University of California at Irvine and a J.D. from Duke University.

"I am thrilled to be joining such an innovative company during a transformative period in its growth," said David Szekeres, Chief Business Officer and General Counsel of Regulus. "Regulus' commitment to innovation, its cutting-edge science and its leadership in the microRNA field have enabled the formation of significant strategic alliances and collaborations. I look forward to working with the experienced management team to continue strengthening these relationships and expanding Regulus' corporate development efforts going forward."

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Source: Biotech Week

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