May 2, 2007

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Dennis Burns, a 1970 graduate of the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy, was honored by the UNM College of Pharmacy with the 23rd Annual Distinguished Alumni award. Burns recently retired as vice president and Global Head of Business Development at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. in Nutley N.J.

Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. is the U.S. prescription drug unit of Roche Pharmaceuticals, one of the world’s leading research oriented health care groups with core businesses in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. The company provides innovative products and services that address prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, thus enhancing people’s health and quality of life.

As the Global Head of Business Development, Burns participated in supervising 35 direct reports located in Nutley, Basel, Switzerland, Palo Alto, Calif., and Kamakura, Japan. The Global Business Development department is responsible for identifying, valuing, and developing product, technology and company licensing/acquisition candidates to the point of negotiation and due diligence. Burns’ position involved creating and implementing corporate business development and acquisitions strategies.

Burns was given the award based on his outstanding record of professional service in the pharmacy profession. In addition to earning his bachelor’s in Pharmacy at UNM, Burns received his MBA in 1984 from the University of Hawaii Graduate School of Business in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The UNM College of Pharmacy Development and Alumni Affairs Office is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the award nominations process. The selection of the award is determined by a committee composed of the previous Distinguished Alumni Award recipients following nomination from the College of Pharmacy community.