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Ventrus Announces Improved, FDA-Recommended Endpoints Proposed For Phase III Hemorrhoid Study

Conference Call Monday, March 21 at 8:30 AM ET

Ventrus will discuss the proposed revised endpoints in a conference call on Monday, March 21, 2011, at 8:30 AM Eastern Time. Interested investors may participate in the conference call by dialing 1-888-853-9372 (domestic) or 1-720-496-1609 (international), and entering passcode 634075 when prompted. The archived webcast of the conference call will be available for two weeks on Ventrus' web site at www.ventrusbio.com .

About Ventrus

Ventrus is a development stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of late-stage prescription drugs for gastrointestinal disorders. Our lead product, Iferanserin (VEN 309) is a new chemical entity, or NCE, for the topical treatment of hemorrhoids, which targets a specific serotonin receptor (5HT2A) thought to be important in the disease. The first late phase clinical trial (Phase III) with Iferanserin is expected to start mid-year 2011 and we expect data to be available in the first quarter of 2012. Our additional product candidate portfolio consists of two in-licensed late-stage drugs intended to treat anal fissures (VEN 307) and fecal incontinence (VEN 308). The first Phase III clinical trial with VEN 307 has begun in Europe and we expect data to be available in the second quarter of 2012. These candidates are two molecules that were previously approved and marketed for other indications and that have been formulated into our proprietary topical treatments for these new gastrointestinal indications.

Please Note: The information provided herein contains estimates and other forward-looking statements regarding future events. Such statements are just predictions and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual events or results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: the unpredictability of the clinical development of our product candidates and of the duration and results of regulatory review of those candidates by the FDA and foreign regulatory authorities; the cost, timing and results of clinical trials and other development activities involving our product candidates; our anticipated capital expenditures and our estimates regarding our capital requirements; our ability to retain and hire necessary employees and to staff our operations appropriately; and the possible impairment of, or inability to obtain, intellectual property rights and the costs of obtaining such rights from third parties. The reader is referred to the documents that we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
CONTACT: Ventrus Biosciences, Inc.
         David Barrett
         212-554-4506
         dbarrett@ventrusbio.com

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