Cypress Bioscience Announces Agreement to Discontinue Co-Promotion of Savella(R) With Forest Laboratories

Cypress Bioscience Announces Agreement to Discontinue Co-Promotion of Savella(R) With Forest Laboratories
Withdrawal From Commercial Market Will Result in Annual Savings of $10 Million

SAN DIEGO, CA, Aug 04, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Cypress Bioscience, Inc., a pharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative drugs to treat central nervous system disorders, today announced that it is discontinuing its rights under its agreement with Forest Laboratories to co-promote Savella(R), its drug for fibromyalgia. Forest has agreed to pay Cypress a one-time payment of $2.0 million to help facilitate with this transition. Cypress will retain all other rights under its agreement with Forest including its royalty on Savella sales and may pursue the opportunity to re-activate the co-promotion right through discussions with Forest in the future. Forest will maintain promotional levels behind Savella.

In an effort to further reduce its cost structure, Cypress will also either discontinue or sell its personalized medicine services business by the end of Q3'2010. Cypress estimates that these actions will decrease its operating costs by approximately $10 million on an annualized basis. Operating results for the remainder of 2010 will be adversely affected by charges related to severance payments and termination of contractual obligations, which the company currently estimates will be approximately $3.5 million and up to approximately $1.0 million in impairment charges.

Additionally, Cypress will be decreasing its workforce by approximately 86% affecting 123 of its employees. Concurrent with this announcement, all affected employees will receive appropriate notice of the lay off to be effective October 6, 2010.

"While this type of action is very difficult, the board of directors and the management team believe it is in the best interest of CYPB shareholders that we preserve cash resources while focusing on our strongest opportunities for success," said Jay D Kranzler, MD, PhD, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cypress Bioscience. "Our withdrawal from the commercial market has been contemplated for some time now and is part of our renewed strategic focus on CNS drug development."

Physician orders for the company's Avise(SM) personalized medicine services will continue to be performed; however, active marketing of these products will be discontinued with the elimination of sales operations. The company is actively engaged in efforts to secure a buyer for its personalized medicine services business.

About Cypress Bioscience

Cypress Bioscience is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative drugs targeting large unmet medical needs for patients suffering from a variety of disorders of the central nervous system. Since 1999, Cypress has received multiple FDA approvals, including Prosorba(TM), a medical device for rheumatoid arthritis, and Savella(R) (milnacipran HCl), for fibromyalgia. The Company focuses on generating shareholder value by reaching clinical development milestones as quickly and efficiently as possible. Development-stage assets include BL-1020 for cognitive impairment in schizophrenia, as well as AVISE-SLE(SM), a lupus diagnostic testing service. More information on Cypress and its products and development assets is available at