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Omthera Stockholders Approve Acquisition by AstraZeneca
Date:7/16/2013

PRINCETON, N.J., July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The stockholders of Omthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMTH) (the "Company") voted today at a special meeting of stockholders to adopt the previously announced merger agreement providing for the acquisition of the Company by an affiliate of AstraZeneca PLC.  The votes cast by the Company's stockholders in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement represented approximately 88.3 percent of the Company's issued and outstanding common stock entitled to vote as of June 13, 2013, the record date for the special meeting.

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The receipt of the approval of the Company's stockholders of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement satisfies one of the conditions to consummation of the proposed merger.  The consummation of the merger remains subject to certain other closing conditions set forth in the merger agreement.

About Omthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Omthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of new therapies for dyslipidemia and the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Epanova™, currently the Company's sole product candidate, is a late-stage, novel, omega-3 free fatty acid composition that meaningfully reduces triglycerides, improves other key lipid parameters and is expected to increase patient convenience with 2-gram once-a-day dosing with or without meals. Epanova™ is a coated soft gelatin capsule containing a complex mixture of polyunsaturated free fatty acids derived from fish oils, including multiple long-chain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, with EPA, DHA, and docosapentaenoic acid being the most abundant forms of omega-3 fatty acids.
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