RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – September 27, 2004 – Quintiles Transnational Corp. today announced the appointment of Oren Cohen, M.D., as Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, effective immediately.

As Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Dr. Cohen will serve as Quintiles' lead medical expert and will represent the company's positions on many government policy issues.

"Oren Cohen has established an outstanding record of achievement at every step of his career," said Dennis Gillings, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of Quintiles Transnational. "I believe his experience and insight will make a great contribution to help our customers get better medicines to patients faster."

"Oren's distinguished years at the National Institutes of Health and his understanding of FDA's practice and direction make him a great asset to our customers' programs," said John Russell, Executive Vice President and head of Government Relations.

Dr. Cohen said: "I look forward to helping our industry partners use Quintiles' therapeutic expertise to enhance their development programs. Our innovative drug development strategies and unwavering commitment to quality are compelling solutions for our partners in this challenging regulatory and economic environment."

Dr. Cohen joined Quintiles in March 2001 as Director of Medical and Scientific Services for Infectious Diseases and Oncology. In September 2003, he was named Vice President and Medical Director for Quintiles' Northeastern United States region.

Before joining Quintiles, Dr. Cohen held several positions of increasing responsibility at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) near Washington, D.C. NIAID conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic and allergic diseases.

Dr. Cohen is author or co-author of more than 50 articles in textbooks and peer-reviewed medical journals, and he received several awards for his contributions to the work of NIAID and NIH. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. He received his M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. He served his internship and residency at The New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, where he became a clinical instructor. He completed his fellowship in Infectious Diseases at NIAID. While working at Quintiles, Dr. Cohen also has served as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington.

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