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Optimer Pharmaceuticals and Specialised Therapeutics Australia Collaborate to Commercialize Fidaxomicin for Clostridium difficile Infection in Australia and New Zealand
Date:6/19/2012

SAN DIEGO, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPTR) and Specialised Therapeutics Australia Pty, Ltd. (STA) announced today the execution of an exclusive agreement to register and commercialize fidaxomicin tablets in Australia and New Zealand for the treatment of Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI).

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"CDI presents a serious bacterial health threat and current CDI treatment options are limited.  Our license of fidaxomicin gives us a great opportunity to bring a highly differentiated and much-needed new therapy to patients in Australia and New Zealand," said Carlo Montagner, Chief Executive Officer of STA. "An application has already been filed with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration and pending approval, we are planning to launch fidaxomicin in mid 2013."

Under the agreement Optimer is entitled to receive commercial milestone payments upon the achievement of cumulative net sales targets. In addition, Optimer will also receive payments for the supply of fidaxomicin tablets to STA for a return equivalent to approximately 30% of expected fidaxomicin sales in Australia and New Zealand. STA is responsible for all costs associated with the registration and commercialization of fidaxomicin tablets in Australia and New Zealand.

"We are systematically executing on our plans to bring fidaxomicin to patients in need across the globe," said Pedro Lichtinger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Optimer. "Agreements such as this one with STA will support our plans to commercialize fidaxomicin globally, and we will ensure that we are engaged with the companies best able to bring fidaxomicin to patients in their specific territories."

Fidaxomicin is approved by the U.
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