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Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Notified that Nasdaq Has Extended Minimum Bid Price Rule Compliance Period

NEW YORK, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: KERX) announced today that it has received notice from The Nasdaq Stock Market ("Nasdaq") stating that Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 4310(c)(4), which requires companies to maintain a minimum bid price of $1.00 per share, has been temporarily suspended. Based on this action, Nasdaq informed the Company that it now has until January 23, 2009, to achieve compliance with Rule 4310(c)(4).

About Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals is focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of medically important, novel pharmaceutical products for the treatment of life-threatening diseases, including renal disease and cancer. Keryx is developing Zerenex(TM) (ferric citrate), an oral, iron-based compound that has the capacity to bind to phosphate and form non-absorbable complexes. Zerenex is currently in Phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia (elevated phosphate levels) in patients with end-stage renal disease. The Company is also developing KRX-0401 (perifosine), a novel, potentially first-in-class, oral anti-cancer agent that modulates Akt, a protein in the body associated with tumor survival and growth. KRX-0401 also modulates a number of other key signal transduction pathways, including the JNK and MAPK pathways, which are pathways associated with programmed cell death, cell growth, cell differentiation and cell survival. KRX-0401 is currently in Phase 2 clinical development for multiple tumor types. The Company also has an in-licensing and acquisition program designed to identify and acquire additional drug candidates. Keryx is headquartered in New York City.


Lauren Fischer

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Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tel: 212.531.5965


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