Parnell Pharmaceuticals Holdings Ltd Restructures Board

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, Oct. 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Parnell Pharmaceuticals Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ:PARN), a fully integrated pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing innovative animal health solutions, today announced changes in the structure of its Board of Directors including the engagement of Egon Zhender to identify and assist in the appointment of additional high caliber independent directors and at the same time, Parnell announced that it has accepted the resignation of Thomas Duley, Phyllis Gardner, and David Greenwood as directors of the Company effective Monday, September 28, 2015.

In 2014, Dr. Alan Bell, Chairman of the Board, and Mr. Robert Joseph, President and Chief Executive Officer, sought to appoint US-based, independent directors as a result of the Company's initial public offering ("IPO") and listing on the NASDAQ Stock Market ("NASDAQ"). Dr. Gardner and Mr. Greenwood were appointed in September of 2014 and Mr. Duley in December of 2014.

Since the completion of its successful IPO, the Company has been actively seeking to appoint new directors with animal-health and related business experience to assist Dr. Bell and Mr. Joseph in guiding the Company's rapid growth. In August of 2015, the Company was very pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Croden as an independent member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Croden has over 35 years of experience in the animal health, biotech, private equity and pharmaceutical industries and previously held senior pharmaceutical executive positions with The Upjohn Company and Pharmacia & Upjohn Animal Health. Mr. Croden has made immediate contributions to the Company's growth strategy. With the assistance of Egon Zhender, the Company intends to appoint additional independent directors in the near term each of whom will have the ability and experience to help guide the Company through its anticipated rapid growth in the coming years.

The Board and management of the Company wish to thank Dr. Gardner and Messrs. Duley and Greenwood for their service to the Company and wish them well in future endeavors.

About Parnell

Parnell (NASDAQ:PARN) is a fully integrated pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing innovative animal health solutions. Parnell currently markets five products for companion animals and production animals in 14 countries and augments its pharmaceutical products with proprietary software platforms - iKAM and mySYNCH. These innovative technology solutions are designed to enhance the quality of life and/or performance of animals, while driving customers' operational efficiency and profitability. Parnell distinguishes itself in the industry by providing value-added solutions that position the Company as a true partner to their customers.

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Parnell Pharmaceuticals Holdings
Robert Joseph, 913-274-2100