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AstraZeneca PLC (AZN) Completes Acquisition of Ardea Biosciences, Inc.


6/20/2012 9:06:02 AM

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - June 20, 2012) - AstraZeneca today announced that on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 it completed its acquisition of San Diego, California-based biotechnology company Ardea Biosciences, Inc. The merger was approved by Ardea's stockholders.

Upon completion of the merger, each outstanding share of Ardea common stock was cancelled and converted into the right to receive $32.00, in cash, without interest, and shares of Ardea common stock ceased trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

As previously announced, the acquisition strengthens AstraZeneca's late-stage pipeline with the addition of lesinurad, a potential next-generation treatment for the chronic management of hyperuricaemia in patients with gout.

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business with a primary focus on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation, oncology and infectious disease. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. For more information please visit: www.astrazeneca.com

About Ardea

Ardea is a biotechnology company based in San Diego, California, focused on the development of small-molecule therapeutics for the treatment of serious diseases. Ardea's most advanced clinical-stage product candidates include lesinurad, formerly known as RDEA594, a selective, oral URAT1 transporter inhibitor for the chronic management of hyperuricemia in patients with gout, and BAY 86-9766, formerly known as RDEA119, a specific inhibitor of mitogen-activated ERK kinase (MEK) for the treatment of cancer, which is being developed under a global license agreement with Bayer HealthCare AG. For more information, please visit: www.ardeabio.com


ARDEA CONTACTS

Stephen Davis
(858) 652-6528
sdavis@ardeabio.com

John Beck
(858) 652-6523
jbeck@ardeabio.com

ASTRAZENECA CONTACTS

Media Enquiries
Esra Erkal-Paler
+44 20 7604 8030

Sarah Lindgreen
+44 20 7604 8033

Investor Enquiries UK
James Ward-Lilley
+44 20 7604 8122
mob: +44 7785 432613

Karl Hard
+44 20 7604 8123
mob: +44 7789 654364

Nicklas Westerholm
+44 20 7604 8124
mob: +44 7585 404950

Investor Enquiries US
Ed Seage
+1 302 886 4065
mob: +1 302 373 1361

Jorgen Winroth
+1 212 579 0506
mob: +1 917 612 4043


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