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Tonix Pharmaceuticals Appoints Dr. Samuel Saks To Its Board Of Directors

Second graph, fourth sentence of release should read: Although the program to develop sodium oxybate as a treatment for fibromyalgia was abandoned in 2011... (sted: Although the program to develop sodium oxybate as a treatment for narcolepsy was abandoned in 2011...).

The corrected release reads:


Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (OTCBB: TNXP) (“TONIX” or the “Company”), a specialty pharmaceutical company developing therapies for challenging disorders of the central nervous system (“CNS”), including fibromyalgia syndrome (“FM”) and post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”), today announced the appointment of Samuel R. Saks, M.D. (age 57) to the Company’s Board of Directors. Dr. Saks has more than 25 years of experience developing pharmaceutical products for CNS conditions, including Xyrem® and Concerta®. With this appointment the TONIX Board has eight Directors.

Dr. Saks is the former CEO of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAZZ) (“Jazz”), which he co-founded in 2003. At Jazz Dr. Saks was responsible for the commercialization of Xyrem (sodium oxybate) for cataplexy and excessive daytime sleepiness associated with narcolepsy. Dr. Saks also designed and led the effort to develop sodium oxybate as a treatment for FM. Although the program to develop sodium oxybate as a treatment for fibromyalgia was abandoned in 2011, robust efficacy in treating pain and other key symptoms was demonstrated. Sodium oxybate has also been shown to significantly improve disordered sleep, a mechanism targeted by TONIX’s lead program for FM.

From 2001 until he joined Jazz, Dr. Saks was company group chairman of ALZA Corporation (“ALZA”) and a member of the Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Operating Committee. Prior to its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson’s (NYSE: JNJ) in 2001, from 1992 until 2001 Dr. Saks held executive positions at ALZA including Group Vice President, where he was responsible for clinical, regulatory and commercial activities. At ALZA Dr. Saks played an important role in developing Concerta, a new formulation of methylphenidate for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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