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Drs. Ben Machielse Joins Omthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as Chief Operating Officer
Date:6/24/2011

Machielse held the position of Vice President of Quality Assurance and Quality Control for Xoma, and before that, served in various positions in manufacturing, process and analytical development for Centocor BV.  Drs. Machielse received his Master of Science in biochemistry and Bachelor of Science in Medical Biology from the University of Utrecht, in Utrecht, The Netherlands.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Xencor and a current member of the Board of Directors for Tetragenetics.

"I am very pleased to be joining Omthera at such an exciting point in the Company's growth trajectory and was drawn to the position largely because of the tremendous potential represented by Epanova," noted Drs. Machielse. "Having demonstrated superior bioavailability compared to Lovaza® in a Phase II trial, Epanova may prove in Phase III trials to be as effective in lowering triglycerides as Lovaza® at a significantly lower dose, giving physicians the ability to titrate up for superior triglyceride lowering efficacy.  I am excited about this unique opportunity to help bring a potentially game changing drug to market and to create a new, best-in-class product.  As such, I am delighted to join Omthera's exceptional management team."

About Omthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Founded in 2008, Omthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a privately-held, emerging specialty pharmaceuticals company focusing its efforts on the clinical development of new therapies for dyslipidemia.  Led by a team of experts with exceptional experience in developing new therapies for lipid disorders, Omthera is dedicated to developing innovative therapies for the millions of patients who have elevated triglyceride levels and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.  In March 2011, the Company initiated a pivotal Phase III clinical trial for its lead product candidate, Epanova™, an Omega-3 fatty acid compound in development as a triglyceride-lowering
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