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PROTEIN DESIGN LABS HIRES VETERAN BUSINESS JOURNALIST FOR COMMUNICATIONS POST

 PROTEIN DESIGN LABS HIRES VETERAN BUSINESS JOURNALIST
 FOR COMMUNICATIONS POST
 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Protein Design Labs Inc. (PDL) (NASDAQ: PDLI), a biotechnology company engaged in the computer-based design of antibodies and other novel proteins, announced today that Peter Dworkin has joined the company as director, Corporate Communications.
 Dworkin, 39, has been San Francisco and West Coast Bureau Chief for U.S. News & World Report magazine, as well as a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle and Fortune magazine.
 In this new position, Dworkin will be responsible for investor and media relations and internal communications. "PDL has exciting technology and momentum toward its goal of becoming a major player in the burgeoning biotechnology industry," Dworkin said.
 PDL uses proprietary computer modeling technology to design "humanized" antibodies and other proteins for the treatment of certain cancers, viral infections and autoimmune diseases. The company has more than a dozen drugs in development, including two that entered human clinical trials in 1992.
 Founded in 1986, PDL raised $52.5 million in an initial public offering in January 1992. It has corporate partnerships with Swiss pharmaceutical giants Hoffmann-La Roche and Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, and with Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical and Kanebo, two of Japan's largest drug companies.
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 /CONTACT: Laurence Jay Korn, president and CEO of PDL, 415-903-3700/
 (PDLI) CO: Protein Design Labs Inc. ST: California IN: MTC SU: PER


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