NEW YORK, Jan. 2 — Panacea Pharmaceuticals has added former US Food & Drug Administration commissioner Frank Young to its board of directors, the company said Wednesday. Young, with expertise in genetics, biotechnology, regulatory issues and defense applications of bioscience, will help guide the company's efforts to use functional genomics in developing new therapeutics and diagnostics for cancer and central nervous system diseases.

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