Jamie Freedman, M.D., Ph.D. Joins OPKO Health as Executive Vice President of R&D and Business Development

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- OPKO Health, Inc. (NYSE Amex:OPK) today announced that Jamie Freedman, M.D., Ph.D., has joined OPKO as its Executive Vice President of R&D and Business Development. Dr. Freedman will play a critical role in developing the company's research and development programs and identifying strategic business opportunities.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Freedman to the OPKO team," said Phillip Frost, M.D., Chairman and CEO of OPKO. "Dr. Freedman brings years of drug research and development experience to OPKO that spans the entire development process. He will be a tremendous asset as we aggressively pursue our new product development, particularly as we expand our efforts to exploit opportunities in other therapeutic areas with exceptional potential for OPKO."

Prior to joining OPKO, Dr. Freedman served as President and CEO of Locus Pharmaceuticals, a private biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of novel computationally designed drugs to treat cancer and inflammatory disorders. Previously, Dr. Freedman was at Merck Research Labs where he held various positions of increasing responsibility in Clinical Pharmacology, Clinical Oncology, and Experimental Medicine, conducting and supervising drug development programs, including those dealing with RNA interference modalities.

Dr. Freedman received M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Tufts University and trained in Medicine and Hematology-Oncology at University of California, San Francisco and Harvard, respectively. Before joining the industry, Dr. Freedman conducted research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University and also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

About OPKO Health, Inc.

Miami-based OPKO is a specialty healthcare company presently with an emphasis in the field of ophthalmology.

For more information visit the company's website at www.opko.com.

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    Source: OPKO Health, Inc.