Velan Inc. Announces the Appointment of Duc Tran to the Position of Vice-President, Engineering

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Velan Inc. Announces the Appointment of Duc Tran to the Position of Vice-President, Engineering

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 21, 2017) - Velan Inc. (TSX:VLN) (the "Company"), a world-leading manufacturer of industrial valves, is pleased to announce the appointment today of Duc Tran as its new Vice-President, Engineering. He will be a key member of the Company's Senior Management team and is succeeding to Gil Perez, who has assumed a new mandate as Vice-President, Product Technology and Strategic Initiatives. He will report directly to Yves Leduc, President and CEO of Velan Inc.

Duc Tran is a Canadian citizen and has been living in the United States since 1999, pursuing an impressive career in the valve industry. He has held successive senior leadership roles at other global valve companies, where he has gained a deep knowledge and experience in valve engineering and technology commercialization, as well as pressure control products.

Yves Leduc, President and CEO of Velan Inc., said, "I am extremely excited to have someone who has such an impressive track record as Duc join our team. Out of his many passions, one that stands out is his commitment to driving customer value through innovation. He, in fact, holds numerous valve patents in areas deeply relevant to the Company's technology portfolio. He has a solid reputation as a strong leader and team player and I look forward to seeing him lead his new team while immediately contributing to the success of Velocity 2020."

"I am very proud to join the management team at Velan Inc. and am looking forward to help drive its future success," said Duc Tran. "I have held the Company in high regard throughout my career, and my family and I are looking forward to moving to Canada, the country I had originally made my home back in 1979 when I left Vietnam."

About Velan

Founded in Montreal in 1950, Velan Inc. (www.velan.com) is one of the world's leading manufacturers of industrial valves, with sales of US$331.8 million in its last reported fiscal year. The Company employs over 1,800 people and has manufacturing plants in 9 countries. Velan Inc. is a public company with its shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VLN.

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Yves Leduc
President & Chief Executive Officer
(514) 748-7743
(514) 748-8635

John D. Ball
Chief Financial Officer
(514) 748-7743
(514) 748-8635
www.velan.com

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