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Santhera's Shareholders Support Business Continuation and Evaluation of Strategic Options

May 13, 2013 - London

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Liestal, Switzerland, May 13, 2013 - Santhera Pharmaceuticals (SIX: SANN) announced today that, at its Annual Shareholders' Meeting, a large majority of shareholders represented approved all proposals by the Board of Directors. In particular, shareholders supported the proposed business continuation as well as the evaluation of all strategic options. In line with this mandate, Santhera explores product licensing or sale and the possibility of a merger and continues to implement its ongoing financial and operational restructuring measures.

A total of 1'354'802 shares or 36.9 % of the share capital was represented at the Shareholders' Meeting.

Shareholders approved the 2012 Annual Report, the annual financial statements and the consolidated financial statements for 2012, the proposed appropriation of the results and a set-off of capital contribution reserves and of free reserves with loss carry forwards. Shareholders also granted discharge to the members of the Board of Directors and the management.

Martin Gertsch was re-elected as Board member for a period of one year as was Ernst & Young, Basel, as auditors. In addition, shareholders voted for an amendment of the Company's Articles of Incorporation that excludes the obligation for an acquirer to make an offer according to Art. 22 para. 3 SESTA ("opting-out").

As of March, 31 2013, Santhera reported cash and cash equivalents of CHF 10.1 million.

In his presentation to shareholders, Thomas Meier, Chief Executive Officer, outlined the operational and financial measures implemented to reduce costs and liabilities. "Our goal is to preserve the key assets of our pipeline whilst at the same time exploring all available strategic options. Of particular importance in the coming months will be the preparation of a new marketing authorization application for Raxone® in the treatment of Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. Another important asset is our program in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in which the DELOS Phase III study recently passed a planned futility analysis."

"We thank our shareholders for their support of our proposals and confidence in their execution. The focus is now to secure additional funds in order to reach the next regulatory and development milestones. We will explore all strategic alternatives and have already seen interest from several parties", commented Martin Gertsch, new Chairman of the Board of Directors. He added: "I also would like to thank Klaus Schollmeier, who did not stand for re-election, and Tim Rink for their active support and contribution to Santhera's Board of Directors."

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About Santhera
Santhera Pharmaceuticals (SIX: SANN) is a Swiss specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative pharmaceutical products for the treatment of orphan neuromuscular and mitochondrial diseases, areas of high unmet medical need with no current therapies. For further information, please visit


Raxone® and Catena® are trademarks of Santhera Pharmaceuticals.

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Thomas Meier, Chief Executive Officer
Phone: +41 61 906 89 64

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