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NUCRYST Receives Requisition to Call a Special Meeting of Shareholders From Majority Shareholder
Date:12/2/2008

PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - NUCRYST Pharmaceuticals Corp., a developer and manufacturer of medical products that fight infection and inflammation, announced today that its Board of Directors has received from its majority shareholder, The Westaim Corporation ("Westaim"), a requisition to call a special meeting of shareholders to consider a return of capital of US$0.80 per share to NUCRYST shareholders. This equates to a return of capital of approximately US$15 million. The special meeting requisition also requests that shareholders set the number of directors of NUCRYST and elect directors.

A Special Committee of the NUCRYST Board comprised of non-conflicted directors has been formed to oversee the process of calling the special meeting and to provide advice and recommendations to the NUCRYST Board as may be required. BMO Capital Markets has been retained as financial advisor to the Special Committee and McMillan LLP of Toronto has been retained to provide the Special Committee with independent legal advice. Until NUCRYST completes its review, NUCRYST will not further comment on the special meeting requisition.

About NUCRYST Pharmaceuticals

NUCRYST Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ: NCST; TSX: NCS) develops, manufactures and commercializes medical products that fight infection and inflammation using SILCRYST(TM), its patented atomically disordered nanocrystalline silver technology. NUCRYST licensed world-wide rights for SILCRYST(TM) wound care coating products to Smith & Nephew plc, which markets these products in over 30 countries under their Acticoat(TM) trademark. NUCRYST is also developing pharmaceutical products to address medical conditions that are characterized by pain, infection and inflammation. The Company has developed its proprietary nanocrystalline silver in a powder form, referred t
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