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Transition Therapeutics Announces Milestone Payment from Elan

TORONTO, Dec. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Transition Therapeutics Inc. ("Transition" or the "Company") (TSX: TTH; NASDAQ: TTHI), announced today that the Company will receive a US$5million milestone payment under its global collaboration agreement with a subsidiary of Elan Corporation, plc ("Elan") (NYSE: ELN). The milestone payment was triggered by the initiation of a Phase 2 clinical study of Alzheimer's disease drug candidate, ELND005 (AZD-103), which was jointly announced by Transition and Elan on December 21, 2007.

In connection with the enrolment of the first patient in the Phase 2 clinical study, Transition will issue the former shareholders of Ellipsis Neurotherapeutics Inc. ("ENI") 174,123 Transition common shares at a price of $10.86 per share, which represents the weighted average trading price for the last five trading days. The financial terms associated with the acquisition of ENI were previously disclosed in a press release dated March 13, 2006.

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Transition is a biopharmaceutical company, developing novel therapeutics for disease indications with large markets. Transition's lead products include ELND005 (AZD-103) for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and TT-223 for the treatment of diabetes. Transition has an emerging pipeline of preclinical drug candidates acquired externally or developed internally using its proprietary drug discovery engine. Transition's shares are listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol "TTHI" and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "TTH". For additional information about the Company, please visit

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