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3SBio Inc. Submits Application for NuPIAO Phase I Clinical Trial

SHENYANG, China, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- 3SBio Inc. (Nasdaq: SSRX), a leading biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products primarily in China, today announced that it has submitted its application for a Phase I clinical trial for NuPIAO to the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA). NuPIAO is a highly glycosylated ESA (erythropoiesis-stimulating agent) with extended half-life and increased biologic activity. Pre-clinical results showed a promising pharmacokinetic profile which would allow a once weekly injection schedule of NuPIAO in humans. NuPIAO will be investigated to treat anemia associated with both chronic kidney disease and cancer.

"This submission represents another important milestone in our effort to extend our market leading EPO franchise and continue to serve the needs of patients in China," said Dr. Jing Lou, CEO of 3SBio. "It is a direct result of our dedicated R&D effort to generate an innovative pipeline and create long term value for shareholders."

About 3SBio Inc.

3SBio Inc. is a leading, fully integrated biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products, primarily in China. For more information, please visit 3SBio on the web at .

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    For more information, please contact:

    3SBio Inc.
     Bo Tan
     Chief Financial Officer
     Tel:   +86-24-2581-1820

     Tom Folinsbee
     Director of Investor Relations
     Tel:   +852-8191-6991




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