April 2nd, 2009 – AAA announces today that Dr. Maurizio Mariani joined the group as the new Head of R&D. Prior to joining AAA, Dr. Maurizio Mariani held the position of General Manager of Merck Serono RBM S.p.A. (Colleretto Giacosa, Italy) and of Head Exploratory Medicine for the Merck Serono Group (Geneva, Switzerland). Dr. Mariani holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery from La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy and a PhD in Pharmacology from Temple University, Philadelphia, United States. In 1991 he obtained the Diploma of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT). Dr. Mariani has a long experience in pharmaceutical research and development.