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Shire's Project Playground Gives Boost to Philadelphia
Date:3/20/2009

articipate in a wide range of programs including dance, gymnastics, art and computer classes, and traditional sports.

Shire's contribution provides a source of community pride and an inviting neighborhood center where children from diverse backgrounds can come together through the common bond of play.

"We need other big corporations to follow Shire's lead," said City Department of Recreation Commissioner Susan Slawson.

This highly diverse and increasingly youthful community, where it is estimated 27 languages are spoken and local school enrollment has increased by 50 percent in the last two years, has seen its share of crime and poverty over the years. Two local children shared their excitement and gratitude for Project Playground in front of the crowd in English and Spanish.

Shire PLC

Shire's strategic goal is to become the leading specialty biopharmaceutical company that focuses on meeting the needs of the specialist physician. Shire focuses its business on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), human genetic therapies (HGT) and gastrointestinal (GI) diseases as well as opportunities in other therapeutic areas to the extent they arise through acquisitions. Shire's in-licensing, merger and acquisition efforts are focused on products in specialist markets with strong intellectual property protection and global rights. Shire believes that a carefully selected and balanced portfolio of products with strategically aligned and relatively small-scale sales forces will deliver strong results.

For further information on Shire, please visit the Company's website: www.shire.com.


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