Akela Pharma announces restructuring

Akela Pharma announces restructuring

    AUSTIN, TX, Sept. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Akela Pharma, Inc., (TSX: AKL) and its
wholly owned manufacturing subsidiary, PharmaForm, today announced a
comprehensive corporate restructuring designed to achieve several operational
objectives. As part of its efforts to preserve its ability to execute on its
development strategy for the company's lead compound, Fentanyl TAIFUN(R) for
the treatment of breakthrough cancer pain, and to optimize the infrastructure
required to support its PharmaForm clients, the company has reduced its head
count by 32 employees to a combined workforce of 65. Further, several of
Akela's international operations will be closed and the company's operational
headquarters will be centralized in Austin, Texas. Akela Pharma is a leader in
the development of therapeutics for the treatment of pain, and its PharmaForm
subsidiary provides a range of innovative technologies in drug product
development, manufacturing and analytical testing to the pharmaceutical and
biotechnology industries.
    Concurrent with the restructuring, Taneli Jouhikainen, former acting
chief executive officer of Akela, will be leaving the company. Ed Margerrison,
Ph.D., Akela's vice president, program management, will lead the Fentanyl
TAIFUN project, and Marcelo Omelczuk, Ph.D., Akela's senior vice president,
business and product development, will be responsible for the day-to-day
operations of PharmaForm. In addition, Rudy Emmelot, formerly with Nventa
Biopharmaceuticals, has joined Akela as vice president, finance.
    Akela remains committed to building shareholder value through the
development of high value, proprietary products such as Fentanyl TAIFUN and
others and concurrently, the company seeks to strengthen its revenue base from
the PharmaForm business. Akela management is currently formalizing a new
operating plan designed to optimize value from both business segments and will
provide additional guidance on its corporate objectives in the near future.

    About Akela Pharma Inc.:

    Akela Pharma is a drug development company with its lead product,
Fentanyl TAIFUN(R), being developed for the treatment of breakthrough cancer
pain. Fentanyl TAIFUN is a fast-acting fentanyl formulation delivered using
the company's TAIFUN multi-dose dry powder inhaler platform. Akela's pipeline
also includes a growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH), which is being
developed for frailty and wasting in chronic renal disease.

    About PharmaForm:

    PharmaForm, Akela's wholly owned subsidiary, is a leading specialty
contract service provider in the area of hot melt extrusion, and also offers a
portfolio of other innovative technologies in drug product development,
manufacturing and analytical testing to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology
industries. Through its diverse offerings, PharmaForm solutions help clients
reach their development targets, reduce development costs and accelerate

    Akela's common shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") under
the symbol "AKL" with 30.9 million shares outstanding.

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all or will be conditioned in a manner that would impair our ability to
advance development; risks associated with the requirement that a drug
candidate be found safe and effective after extensive clinical trials; our
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candidate will treat target diseases as intended; that we will raise enough
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key personnel; that we will obtain the necessary regulatory approvals.
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the event that we are impacted by any of the risks identified above, we may
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