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Third Product in Vernalis' Cough Cold Pipeline (CCP-08) Achieves Proof-of-Concept

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vernalis plc (LSE: VER) and Tris Pharma, Inc. today announce the achievement of proof-of-concept (POC) for CCP-08, the third programme to achieve this milestone in their US prescription cough cold collaboration. Under this collaboration, POC requires the successful completion of several activities, including a successful human pilot comparative study against an immediate release reference product. As a result of achieving POC, Vernalis will make a milestone payment to Tris.

Under the deal announced in February 2012, Vernalis is paying Tris to develop up to six unique OralXR+™ based extended release liquid equivalents to existing immediate release prescription cough/cold treatments. The financial terms of this licensing deal are not disclosed.

Ian Garland, CEO of Vernalis commented "Three of our five cough cold programmes in our collaboration with Tris have now achieved proof-of-concept and for the most advanced of those programmes (Tuzistra™ XR) an NDA has already been submitted to the FDA. We are delighted with the momentum building in our Tris collaboration and are looking forward to continuing success over the remainder of the year".

Ketan Mehta, CEO of Tris commented "This is an exciting time for both our companies with the continuing progress of the prescription cough cold portfolio and we look forward to the further success of our partnership with Vernalis."

Notes to Editors

About Vernalis  
Vernalis is a revenue generating development stage pharmaceutical company with significant expertise in drug development. The Group has one marketed product, frovatriptan for the acute treatment of migraine, an exclusive licensing agreement to develop and commercialise multiple novel products focussed on the US prescription cough cold market as well as seven programmes in its NCE development pipeline. Vernalis has also significant expertise in fragment and structure based drug discovery which it leverages to enter into collaborations with larger pharmaceutical companies. The Company's technologies, capabilities and products have been endorsed over the last five years by collaborations with leading pharmaceutical companies, including AKP, Biogen Idec, Endo, GSK, Genentech, Lundbeck, Menarini, Novartis, Servier and Tris.

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About Tris Pharma
Tris Pharma is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the research and development of technologies-driven products. Tris has pioneered the delivery of sustained release in the liquid, chewable/ODT and strip dosage forms so patients do not have to swallow a pill. Tris' Nobuse™ technology provides abuse deterrence for opioids and other abuse-prone drugs. Tris' R&D and manufacturing facilities are located in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, U.S.A.

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Vernalis Forward-Looking Statement
This news release may contain forward-looking statements that reflect the Company's current expectations regarding future events including the clinical development and regulatory clearance of the Company's products, the Company's ability to find partners for the development and commercialisation of its products, as well as the Company's future capital raising activities. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual events could differ materially from those projected herein and depend on a number of factors including the success of the Company's research strategies, the applicability of the discoveries made therein, the successful and timely completion of clinical studies, the uncertainties related to the regulatory process, the ability of the Company to identify and agree beneficial terms with suitable partners for the commercialisation and/or development of its products, as well as the achievement of expected synergies from such transactions, the acceptance of frovatriptan and other products by consumers and medical professionals, the successful integration of completed mergers and acquisitions and achievement of expected synergies from such transactions, and the ability of the Company to identify and consummate suitable strategic and business combination transactions.

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