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Bankruptcy Court Approved the Management Incentive Plan for Vermillion Directors


4/16/2010 11:49:38 AM

FREMONT, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Vermillion, Inc. (Pink Sheets: VRML) today announced that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the "Bankruptcy Court") issued an order on April 14, approving a Management Incentive Plan (the "Plan") for three directors of the Board Gail S. Page, James S. Burns and John F. Hamilton. Pursuant to the Plan, Vermillion is authorized to distribute to the three directors an aggregate of $5,000,000 in cash and 302,541 shares of restricted stock, subject to a time-based vesting schedule.

"I am pleased with the Court's decision to approve the Plan as well as the support from Vermillion's shareholders," said Dr. William C. Wallen, Chairman of the Special Director Incentive Compensation Committee of the Board. "The Plan recognizes the directors' efforts in successfully restructuring the company, while incentivizes them to continue their efforts on behalf of the company and its shareholders."

About OVA1™

The OVA1™ Test is a qualitative serum test that combines the results of five immunoassays into a single numerical score. It is indicated for women who meet the following criteria: over age 18, ovarian adnexal mass present for which surgery is planned, and not yet referred to an oncologist. The test utilizes five well-established biomarkers -- Transthyretin (TT or prealbumin), Apolipoprotein A-1 (Apo A-1), beta2-Microglobulin (beta2M), Transferrin (Tfr) and Cancer Antigen 125 (CA 125 II) -- and proprietary software to determine the likelihood of malignancy in women with ovarian mass for whom surgery is planned.

About Vermillion

Vermillion, Inc. is dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel high-value diagnostic tests that help physicians diagnose, treat and improve outcomes for patients. Vermillion, along with its prestigious scientific collaborators, has diagnostic programs in oncology, hematology, cardiology and women's health. Vermillion is based in Fremont, California. Additional information about Vermillion can be found on the Web at http://www.vermillion.com/.

Forward Looking Statement:

Certain matters discussed in this press release contain forward-looking statements that involve significant risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding Vermillion's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions. These forward-looking statements are based on Vermillion's current expectations. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for such forward-looking statements. In order to comply with the terms of the safe harbor, Vermillion notes that a variety of factors could cause actual results and experience to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. There are no guarantees that Vermillion will succeed in its efforts to commercialize ovarian cancer or OVA1™ diagnostics products in 2010 or during any other period of time. Factors that could cause actual results to materially differ include but are not limited to: (1) uncertainty in obtaining intellectual property protection for inventions made by Vermillion; (2) unproven ability of Vermillion to develop, and commercialize diagnostic products based on findings from its disease association studies; (3) uncertainty as to whether Vermillion will be able to obtain any required regulatory approval of its future diagnostic products; (4) uncertainty of market acceptance of its OVA1™ diagnostic test or future diagnostic products, including the risk that its products will not be competitive with products offered by other companies, or that users will not be entitled to receive adequate reimbursement for its products from third party payers such as private insurance companies; (5) uncertainty that Vermillion will successfully license or otherwise successfully partner with third parties to commercialize its products; (6) uncertainty whether the trading in Vermillion's stock will become significantly less liquid or Vermillion's ability to relist its shares on the NASDAQ Global Market or on other national securities exchange; and (7) other factors that might be described from time to time in Vermillion's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this press release is as of the date of this report, and Vermillion expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in Vermillion's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, unless required by law.

OVA1™ is a trademark of Vermillion, Inc.

SOURCE Vermillion, Inc. Back to top RELATED LINKS http://www.vermillion.com

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