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Eisai and Bial Announce Partnership Agreement for the European Commercialisation of the Novel Once Daily Anti-Epileptic Zebinix(R)
Date:2/19/2009

of a new anti epileptic agent," said Professor E. Ben-Menachem, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. "In addition to sustained reductions in seizure frequency, Zebinix(R) also demonstrated a significant improvement in patient quality of life and reduction in depressive symptoms."

Yutaka Tsuchiya, Chairman & CEO of Eisai Europe said "We are delighted to be working with Bial to bring to patients such a potentially promising new treatment for epilepsy. Zebinix(R) joins our existing successful portfolio of anti-epileptics, which includes Zonegran(R) (zonisamide) and Inovelon(R) (rufinamide). This helps us to fulfil our Corporate mission of 'human health care' (hhc), to provide innovative, high quality medicines to meet the ever changing unmet medical needs of the health care profession as well as patients and their families."

Commenting on the deal, CEO of Bial, Dr Luis Portela, said "this partnership with Eisai is a landmark event for Bial in Europe. Zebinix(R) represents the first results of our R & D efforts in the CNS area. It is the result of many years of hard work and dedication and we believe Eisai is the right partner for Bial in Europe, an emerging leader in the field of epilepsy with the know-how and experience to make Zebinix(R) a leading choice for patients suffering with Epilepsy."

Notes to Editors

(1) Zebinix(R) is the EU trade name for eslicarbazepine acetate.

2. European Territories

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Belarus, Bosnia, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (co promotion with Bial from launch) Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.

3. About epilepsy

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological diseas
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