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Vanda Pharmaceuticals Responds to Announcement and Filing by a Group Led by Tang Capital Partners, LP
Date:2/23/2009

ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: VNDA) ("Vanda" or the "Company") today issued the following statement regarding two letters sent to Vanda by Tang Capital Partners, LP ("TCP") and a SEC filing by TCP stating its intent to, among other things, nominate two directors to stand for election at Vanda's 2009 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and submit proposals at the 2009 Annual Meeting to amend Vanda's bylaws and request that the Board of Directors of Vanda take action to liquidate the Company.

In accordance with Delaware law and the Company's bylaws, the Company's Board of Directors is divided into three classes of approximately equal sizes. The members of each class are elected to serve a 3-year term with the term of office of each class ending in successive years. The two current directors of the Company whose terms expire at the 2009 Annual Meeting of Stockholders are its current Chief Executive Officer, Mihael H. Polymeropoulos, M.D. and its current Chairman of the Board, Argeris N. Karabelas, Ph.D. Dr. Polymeropoulos is a founder of Vanda and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Vanda since May of 2003. Dr. Karabelas has served as a Director and Chairman of the Board since 2003, when he co-founded Vanda with Dr. Polymeropoulos. The Company intends to nominate both of these individuals for reelection at the 2009 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Vanda believes that its current Board of Directors has the independence, the knowledge and the commitment to successfully implement the Company's business plan and to deliver value for the Company and its stockholders.

"The Board is disappointed that Tang Capital has opted to conduct an election contest, particularly when the Company is so close to receiving a response from the FDA regarding its
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