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Elan Announces Plan To Spin-Off Discovery Science And Neotope Biosciences To Shareholders

Leadership Comments

“This is a bold and logical strategic step as it provides shareholders with the ability to delineate risk, timelines and business characteristics to their own specific investment objectives. As we have done over the past decade and will continue to do in the future, the strengthening of the balance sheet, capital structure, income statement and progression of the science for the benefit of patients, has been a constant goal and objective of the management team and supported by the board of directors,” said Robert A. Ingram, Chairman of Elan and Kelly Martin, CEO. Messrs. Ingram and Martin added that, “All of our previous actions, including most notably the separation of the Elan Drug Technologies business and its merger with Alkermes plc as well as the establishment of Janssen AI with Johnson & Johnson in a sharing of the risk/reward around the AIP asset, have been designed to improve the risk/return profile of the company, cluster businesses and assets logically for shareholders.”

Mr. Martin commented further, “By establishing Neotope Biosciences and Elan as distinct businesses – each with its own specific business characteristics and dynamics - we provide investors with important clarity, transparency and choice as it relates to their investment decisions.”

Mr. Martin added, “For Elan Corporation, plc, the completion of this transaction is a natural progression and final step to becoming a company that generates both profits and growth to the benefit of stakeholders. The dominant focus will be broadening and deepening patient access to TYSABRI on a global basis and registering ELND005 for multiple indications in neuropsychiatry and other symptomatic indications. This move to immediate profitability will enable us to utilise the benefit of the significant accumulated losses that have been built up over the years. We intend to explore ways to share this benefit with our stakeholders through some combination of debt repurchases, share buy backs, dividends or all three. Further communication on this topic will be forthcoming in the months ahead and upon completion of the transaction.”

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