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Mark Evenstad Assumes Responsibilities Of President And COO Of Upsher-Smith Laboratories

10/19/2005 5:10:12 PM

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. announced today that Mark B. Evenstad will assume the roles and responsibilities of President and Chief Operating Officer of the company, effective immediately. Evenstad takes on this role following the recent retirement of President Ian Troup.

"We are very fortunate to have had Ian's expertise and guidance at Upsher-Smith," says Evenstad. "His years of dedication have been instrumental in bringing the company to this point and we are extremely grateful for his years of service." Troup will remain available to the company as a consultant through the year's end to ensure a smooth transition.

"Mark's role is an affirmation of our family's ongoing commitment to this company," says Ken Evenstad. "As a second-generation leader and Vice Chairman he has made a significant contribution to the growth of Upsher-Smith and has shown a vigorous commitment to innovation and excellence. His leadership will continue to be an asset to the company."

"I am excited about taking on this operational role and continuing to create ongoing value for our customers, suppliers and employees," says Mark Evenstad. "Upsher-Smith has experienced tremendous growth in the past several years and we are on a path for ongoing success. We will continue to energetically develop our brand, launch new products and provide superior solutions and services for our customers."

Mark Evenstad will concentrate on the company's growth while remaining focused on its core strengths, which include the development of new products, a highly sophisticated sales and marketing force and its excellent relationship with the FDA. He will also lead the company in originating new drug therapies and exploring potential acquisitions. He will continue to work closely with his father, Ken Evenstad, CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Mark Evenstad is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization and the Licensing Executives Society. He is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.

About Upsher-Smith Laboratories. Founded in 1919, Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. is a rapidly growing, fully integrated pharmaceutical company and a recognized leader in the sales and marketing of cardiovascular and dermatological products. The company develops, manufactures and markets prescription pharmaceutical products. For more information about Upsher-Smith Laboratories, call 1.800.328.3344 or visit .


Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.

CONTACT: Rebecca Lunna, Periscope PR for Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.+1-612-399-0697

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