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KemPharm, Inc. Appoints Gordon K. "Rusty" Johnson as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Date:7/15/2013

Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Avalon Pharmaceuticals, and Clinical Data.  For New River Pharmaceuticals he led both the company's IPO and its global strategic partnering process which resulted in the partnering of New River's lead compound, NRP-104 (Vyvanse®), with Shire PLC in a $500 million transaction that ultimately led to the sale of New River to Shire for $2.6 billion.  Mr. Johnson's direct healthcare industry experience includes both pharmaceutical marketing for The Upjohn Company as well as consulting to several life sciences companies.

Rusty Johnson commented, "KP201, KemPharm's novel pain drug candidate, has the potential to truly redefine the pain therapeutic and prescription opioid market given its ability to both deter abuse and reduce OIC.  I'm honored to join KemPharm's executive team and I welcome the opportunity to leverage my experience to enable the company to capitalize on what I believe to be an industry-changing therapeutic and technology platform."

Mr. Johnson received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Missouri and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

About KemPharm
KemPharm is abiopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of new chemical entities (NCEs) to treat serious medical conditions through its proprietary and broadly applicable Ligand Activated Therapy (LAT) approach.  The company utilizes its LAT technology to generate improved prodrug versions of FDA approved drugs in the high needs areas of pain, ADHD and other CNS diseases.  KemPharm's lead clinical candidate, KP201, is in development for the treatment of acute moderate to moderately severe pain with a new drug application (NDA) expected to be filed in the second quarter of 2014. Composed of hydrocodone chemically bound to a ligand, KP201 offers unique physicochemical and pharmacological attributes that may deliver additional patient benefits, including redu
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