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Anthera Enters Into Manufacturing Agreements for Varespladib in Preparation for Pivotal Phase III Trials
Date:1/31/2008

SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced it has entered into manufacturing agreements with Albemarle Corporation and Patheon Inc. The agreements provide for the large-scale clinical production of Varespladib (A-002), which is expected to be necessary in preparation for Anthera's Phase III clinical trials and planned New Drug Application submission to the Food and Drug Administration. Varespladib is Anthera's oral drug candidate for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Anthera believes the agreements position the company to:

-- Secure a cost-effective, long-term supply of Varespladib active

pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and tablets.

-- Quickly scale current manufacturing efforts to meet production

requirements, potentially accelerating Varespladib's time-to-market.

-- Reduce manufacturing related risks to the Varespladib clinical program.

-- Ensure a cost-effective transition to registration and commercial

production.

Building on the work done by Anthera's licensor, Eli Lilly, Albemarle will be responsible for process optimization and manufacture of cGMP quantities of the API. Patheon will be responsible for finished tablet production. The agreement also provides an option for the commercial production of Varespladib in the future. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"These agreements with Albemarle and Patheon provide Anthera with key supply chain resources for the manufacture of Varespladib," said Paul F. Truex, President and Chief Executive Officer of Anthera Pharmaceuticals. "We are pleased to have secured outstanding technical organizations with significant commercial expertise that will contribute to the future success of the Varespladib program."

"We're delighted that Anthera has selected Albemarle as its API manufacturing supplier for its next phase of development," said David Clary, Albemarle Division V
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