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Cerimon Pharmaceuticals Initiates Phase II Study to Evaluate Simulect(R) (Basiliximab) for Noninfectious Uveitis
Date:7/9/2008

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About Noninfectious Uveitis

Uveitis is an inflammation of the internal structures of the eye. Uveitis can be described by the underlying condition that causes it: autoimmune (noninfectious), bacterial, viral, parasitic and eye trauma, and by the part of the eye that it affects: anterior, intermediate, posterior and panuveitis. Noninfectious uveitis affects approximately two hundred forty thousand people worldwide and can lead to complications, such as glaucoma, cataract and total vision loss. Current treatments include topical and oral corticosteroids, steroidal implants and immunosuppressive drugs; however, these generally have limited success and can lead to adverse events.

About Cerimon Pharmaceuticals

Cerimon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing and commercializing therapeutic products for autoimmune diseases, inflammation and pain. Cerimon believes these new treatment options will enable physicians to further improve the lives of their patients.

Cerimon currently has two drugs in clinical development. The Company's autoimmune program has two development programs. The lead program is a Phase IIb study in which Simulect(R) (basiliximab) is being assessed as a treatment for moderate-to-severe, steroid-refractory ulcerative colitis (UC). The second program is studying Simulect as a treatment for noninfectious uveitis in a Phase II study. Cerimon's lead asset in its pain portfolio is the Company's topical formulations of diclofenac. The Company is in mid-stage clinical testing with its topical diclofenac products.

The Company continues to seek additional assets to add to its development pipeline and is financed by the premier investors MPM, Nomura Phase4 Ventures and OrbiMed Advisors.

For more information on Cerimon, please visit the Company's website at http://www.cerimon.com .


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