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Synergy Pharmaceuticals To Present At Two Upcoming Investor Conferences

NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:SGYP), a developer of new drugs to treat gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and diseases, announced today that President and CEO Gary S. Jacob, Ph.D., will be presenting a corporate overview at two healthcare conferences in New York this month.

  • Citi 2013 Global Healthcare Conference on Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 10:20am at the Hilton New York Hotel.
  • RBC Capital Markets Healthcare Conference on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 4:35pm at the New York Palace Hotel.

Live audio webcasts of both presentations will be available under the investor relations section of Synergy's website at www.synergypharma.com . Replays of the presentations will be available for 60 days afterward.

About Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Synergy is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of new drugs to treat gastrointestinal disorders and diseases. Synergy's lead proprietary drug candidate, plecanatide, is a synthetic analog of the human gastrointestinal hormone uroguanylin, and functions by activating the guanylate cyclase C receptor on epithelial cells of the GI tract. Synergy completed a positive Phase I study of plecanatide in healthy volunteers, and positive Phase IIa and Phase IIb/III clinical trials in patients with chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). Detailed positive findings from a recently completed 951 patient CIC clinical trial will be presented at a major scientific meeting this year. Synergy is also developing plecanatide for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C), having initiated the first trial in IBS-C patients in late 2012. Synergy's second GC-C agonist, SP-333, is in clinical development to treat inflammatory bowel diseases, and has recently completed its first Phase I trial in healthy volunteers. More information is available at http://www.synergypharma.com

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