Ramius questions departure of Cypress director; Ark takes itself off the auction block; Somaxon inks drug sales pact with P&G

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> Ramius says it is suspicious about last week's resignation of an independent director of Cypress Bioscience, which has been resisting its offer of a buyout. "The very fact that Mr. (Jean-Pierre) Millon felt compelled to resign from the Board calls into serious question this Board's lack of true independence and balance," said Ramius Partner Managing Director Jeffrey Smith. "It seems clear to us that a director expressing a differing view was forced to relinquish his leadership role on the Board and subsequently chose to resign from the Board.  At best, this demonstrates an unhealthy board environment.  At worst, it is symptomatic of a truly dysfunctional board that continues to act without regard to the best interests of shareholders." Ramius release

> The UK's Ark Therapeutics says that it decided to end talks with various groups after none of them proffered a high enough offer for the developer. But Ark says it is still interested in finding a buyer for its wound care business. Story

> Somaxon has done a deal with P&G, positioning its insomnia drug Silenor for a September launch. Somaxon will pay a royalty on the sales revenue to P&G along with fees. Analysts have been skeptical about the potential of a new sleep drug in an already crowded marketplace. Story

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