MINRAD Announces Alliance With Merck Generiques In Key European Markets

BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Kirk Kamsler, President of MINRAD EU, Lille, France and Senior Vice President Commercial Development MINRAD International (MNRD.OB) announced MINRAD EU (http://www.minrad.com/) had entered into an agreement with Merck generiques, a company of Merck KGaA to market the company's inhalant anesthetics in the human segment of several key European markets including: France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Scandinavia. The European commitments follow the successful partnership between Merck Hoei, Ltd., a Japanese company of Merck KGaA, and MINRAD. Merck Hoei has marketed MINRAD's products since 2001. Under the agreement, Merck generiques will import increasing annual minimums of MINRAD pharmaceutical products.

Contacts: Mr. Kirk Kamsler Senior Vice President Commercial Development MINRAD Inc. 847 Main Street Buffalo, New York 14203 716-855-1068 kkamsler@minrad.com

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CONTACT: Mr. Kirk Kamsler, Senior Vice President Commercial Development,of MINRAD Inc., +1-716-855-1068 or kkamsler@minrad.com

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