Idera Pharmaceuticals Announces the Appointment of Malcolm MacCoss, Ph.D., to Its Board of Directors

Idera Pharmaceuticals Announces the Appointment of Malcolm MacCoss, Ph.D., to Its Board of Directors

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan 26, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: IDRA | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating) today announced the election of Malcolm MacCoss, Ph.D., FRSC, to the Company's Board of Directors as a class II director. Dr. MacCoss has nearly 30 years of drug discovery and development experience with large international pharmaceutical companies.

"Dr. MacCoss' extensive accomplishments include critical contributions to bringing many important drugs to market," said James B. Wyngaarden, M.D., Chairman of Idera. "We welcome Dr. MacCoss to Idera's Board of Directors and look forward to his participation in helping the Company fulfill the potential of its pipeline of drug candidates for diverse indications."

"Idera is a pioneer of nucleic acid-based therapeutic approaches, including antisense and immune modulation through Toll-like Receptors," said Dr. MacCoss. "I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with its industry-leading scientific team as a member of the Board and to help the Company make strategic decisions in advancing its broad pipeline of drug candidates."

Dr. MacCoss was formerly Group Vice President for Chemical Research at the Schering-Plough Research Institute. In this role, he provided strategic leadership to the Chemistry Research group globally and was the Head of Chemistry at the Schering-Plough Kenilworth, N.J. site. In addition, he chaired the Schering-Plough Global Chemistry Council, a forum for formulating global chemistry strategies. Prior to his work with Schering-Plough, from 1982-2008, Dr. MacCoss held positions with increasing levels of responsibility at Merck Research Laboratories in the areas of Exploratory, Medicinal, and Basic Chemistry. In 1999, he became Vice President, Basic Chemistry at the Rahway, N.J. site, and in 2003, he became the Vice President of Basic Chemistry and Drug Discovery Sciences and the Deputy Site-Head of the Rahway Site; he was also Chairman of the Merck World-Wide Chemistry Council. At Merck, Dr. MacCoss led a medicinal chemistry group that synthesized the first approved oral Substance P antagonist, Emend(R) (aprepitant), and a novel intravenous prodrug of Emend (fosaprepitant dimeglumine) for Injection. In 2004, Dr. MacCoss was awarded a Thomas Edison Award for his contributions to the inventorship of Emend, and in 2007 he received a second Thomas Edison Award for his contributions to Januvia(R), a marketed DPP-4 inhibitor. In March 2008, Dr. MacCoss was awarded the N.J. American Chemical Society Award for Creativity in Molecular Design and Synthesis; he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in 2008; and in 2009 was inducted to the American Chemical Society Hall of Fame. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the Executive Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University and also on the Advisory Board of the Rutgers University Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department. Dr. MacCoss obtained a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Birmingham in the U.K.

About Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Idera Pharmaceuticals develops drug candidates to treat infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, cancer, and respiratory diseases, and for use as vaccine adjuvants. Our proprietary drug candidates are designed to modulate specific Toll-like Receptors, which are a family of immune system receptors that direct immune system responses. Our pioneering DNA and RNA chemistry expertise enables us to create drug candidates for internal development and generates opportunities for multiple collaborative alliances. For more information, visit

Idera Forward Looking Statements

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Emend and Januvia are registered trademarks of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc.

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