NovaBay Receives Unique Globally Recognized International Nonproprietary Name Auriclosene For NVC-422

- Data from Three Phase 2 Trials of Lead Aganocide Compound Anticipated in 2013 -

- Phase 3 Registration Trials Expected in 2014 -

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NovaBay® Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE MKT:NBY), a biotechnology company focused on addressing the large unmet therapeutic needs of the global anti-infective market with first-in-class compounds such as its proprietary Aganocides®, today announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved the international nonproprietary name (INN) "auriclosene" (pronounced awr-rih-CLO-zeen) for the Company's lead Aganocide® compound NVC-422. INNs facilitate the identification of active pharmaceutical ingredients, and each INN is a globally recognized unique name.

Aganocides are NovaBay's first-in-class topical antimicrobial compounds, which are active against viruses, fungi, and bacteria, including the bacteria that grow and thrive under biofilm. Testing in-vitro and in-vivo has shown that these non-systemic, non-antibiotic compounds do not give rise to bacterial or fungal resistance. Phase 2 studies for auriclosene are currently ongoing in urology, ophthalmology, and dermatology.

Dr. Ron Najafi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Obtaining the INN for our lead clinical compound NVC-422 confirms that our clinical development is on track, and we anticipate progression into Phase 3 development in each of our three Aganocide programs. We also intend to conduct a Phase 2a proof-of-concept study for auriclosene in an additional ophthalmic indication. NVC-422, now auriclosene, is the first of our proprietary Aganocides to receive a nonproprietary name."

About NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Going Beyond Antibiotics

NovaBay Pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company focused on addressing the large unmet therapeutic needs of the global anti-infective market with its two distinct categories of compounds, Aganocides® and NeutroPhase® Skin and Wound Cleanser. The Company's four core business units, DermaBay, UroBay, EyeBay and MediBay, are developing treatments that tackle infections in the dermatology, urology, ophthalmology, and wound care areas.

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