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MYOS Elects J. Craig Venter, Ph.D. to Its Board

July 18, 2014

MYOS said that it has appointed genomic expert, J. Craig Venter, Ph.D. to its Board of Directors.

In its release, the Company said that with more than 30 years of scientific leadership and entrepreneurial biotechnology expertise, Dr. Venter is world renowned for sequencing the first draft human genome, the first complete human genome and construction of the first synthetic cell. He is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), where he and his team have sequenced thousands of genomes beginning with the genome of the first free-living organism, the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae. Dr. Venter was a co-founder of Celera Genomics, a publicly traded company that utilized the tools and techniques he and his team developed to successfully sequence and publish the first draft human genome. Dr. Venter, a recipient of a United States National Medal of Science, is also a co-founder and CEO of Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy, high performance human life span, along with Robert J. Hariri, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of MYOS, and MYOS Director Peter Diamandis, M.D., both of whom are also co-founders of HLI.

"It is my great pleasure to welcome Craig to the MYOS Board," said Dr. Hariri. "Craig is regarded as one of the most highly distinguished and innovative scientists of the 21st century. His numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research are legendary. Craig and I have known each other for many years and share a common interest and deep passion for furthering scientific understanding of the building blocks of life and identifying meaningful therapeutic options to address aging-related human biological decline. Craig has not only led a revolution in biomedicine which has reshaped our knowledge of the processes central to all life, but has inspired a generation of scientists, myself included, to challenge the convention in the pursuit of a deeper understanding of those mechanisms responsible for disease. MYOS is extremely fortunate to have the most important scientist in genomics, synthetic biology and human longevity join us as we strive to build a leading company dedicated to muscle health."

Dr. Venter said, "MYOS is an exciting young company focused on an increasingly important area in human health which is why I am pleased to join the MYOS Board of Directors. It is clear to me that the growth and preservation of healthy lean muscle mass should be a clinical objective for maintaining overall health and longevity. I believe the team has established a true springboard for success with their strategic focus on exploiting Fortetropin (MYO-T12), the first clinically proven natural myostatin inhibitor, in an array of product formulations in well-established and growing markets combined with their commitment to advancing a pipeline of therapeutic candidates to address significant unmet needs in the treatment of age-related muscle loss, sarcopenia, as well as in cachexia of chronic illness and obesity."

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