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EMD Serono and Theratechnologies Announce Collaboration and Licensing Agreement for Tesamorelin in the United States
Date:10/29/2008

the field of HIV-associated disorders. Tesamorelin, with its strong clinical data, will address an important market that we currently cannot serve and is a key addition to our portfolio. Together our organizations are best suited to bring to patients a potential treatment option for an unserved illness," added Mr. Firouz.

This deal is an example of the execution of EMD Serono's pursuit of alliances in the US marketplace, as part of a strategic business imperative to maximize its commercialization expertise, market presence, and physician relationships in specialty markets, to ultimately offer partners like Theratechnologies the opportunity to bring their products to patients living with unmet medical needs.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, Mr. Paul Pommier, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Theratechnologies proudly stated: "We are extremely pleased to have entered into this strategic agreement with EMD Serono after a careful and rigorous review of all alternatives available to the Company. EMD Serono's strong commercialization expertise, demonstrated success and unique understanding of HIV-associated disorders, including lipodystrophy, solidified our decision to partner tesamorelin as it provides us with the best opportunity to maximize the present and future potential of this drug and provide it to patients promptly following approval. We believe this landmark agreement provides a clear validation of tesamorelin's potential and successful commercialization should provide attractive value to our shareholders in the near term."

"We are delighted to have EMD Serono as our partner for launching and commercializing tesamorelin in the US. EMD Serono has a major presence in the area of HIV-associated disorders and growth hormone with drugs such as Serostim. Its strong track record of successfully commercializing new drugs as well as its unique expertise in endocrinology and its understanding of HIV-associated lipodystrophy makes EMD
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