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FDA Advisory Committee Recommends ThromboGenics' Ocriplasmin For The Treatment Of Symptomatic Vitreomacular Adhesion (VMA)

LEUVEN, Belgium, July 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

- ThromboGenics to hold conference call to discuss the panel recommendation

ThromboGenics NV (Euronext Brussels: THR), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative ophthalmic medicines, today announces that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee has recommended that the FDA grant ocriplasmin approval for the treatment of symptomatic Vitreomacular Adhesion (VMA). The Committee voted 10 to 0 at its meeting held yesterday that the benefits of administering ocriplasmin for the treatment of vitreomacular adhesions outweigh the potential risks.

The recommendation of the Advisory Committee will form part of the FDA's overall assessment of the ocriplasmin Biologics License Application (BLA). The FDA has assigned the ocriplasmin BLA a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date of 17 October, 2012.

Dr Patrik De Haes, ThromboGenics '  CEO, said: "We are pleased that the Advisory Committee has made a positive recommendation supporting the approval of ocriplasmin for the treatment of symptomatic VMA. We will continue to work with the FDA as it completes its assessment of the ocriplasmin BLA. Symptomatic VMA is an area of unmet medical need and ThromboGenics is looking forward to making this novel treatment option available to the many patients in the U.S. who could benefit."      

Symptomatic VMA is a progressive condition that if left untreated frequently leads to retinal distortion, further deterioration in vision and has the potential to cause irreversible damage and complications. Market surveys conducted by ThromboGenics suggest that there are approximately 500,000 patients in the U.S. and the major markets of the EU who could potentially benefit from ocriplasmin annually. If approved, ocriplasmin will be the first pharmacological treatment for symptomatic VMA.

A conference call for analysts, press and investors will be hosted by Dr Patrik De Haes, CEO of ThromboGenics, on Friday, 27 July at 15:00 CET ( 09:00 ET).

The dial-in numbers and Participant Passcode for the call are set out below:
    Belgium                         +32-27-920-435 / 0800-74656 (Toll Free)
    UK                              +44(0)20-3003-2666 / 0808-109-0700 (Toll Free)
    USA                             +1-866-966-5335 (Toll Free)
    Participant Passcode:           7290677

We request that participants dial in 5-10 minutes prior to the start time of 15:00 CET ( 09:00 ET). There will be a replay of the call available shortly after the call which will be accessible for seven days. Click here for international replay numbers followed by the Access Pin 7290677.

For further information please contact:
    Dr. Patrik De Haes, CEO                  Tel: +32-16-75-13-10

    Chris Buyse, CFO                         Tel: +32-16-75-13-10
    Citigate Dewe Rogerson               
    David Dible/ Nina Enegren/ Sita Shah     Tel: +44-20-7638-9571
    The Trout Group                      
    Todd James/ Simon Harnest                Tel: +1-646-378-2926

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