Watson Completes Acquisition of Eden Biodesign

Watson Completes Acquisition of Eden Biodesign
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Eden Biodesign, a globally-integrated provider of biopharmaceutical services and Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI) today announced the completion of the acquisition of Eden Biopharm Group Limited by Watson for approximately $15 million. As a result of the acquisition of the Arrow Group in December 2009, Watson had previously acquired approximately 36 percent of Eden. Eden, which will be part of Watson's Global Brands Division, will maintain its established contract services model, while providing Watson with proven biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing capabilities.

Founded in 2000, Eden Biodesign is a globally-integrated biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing organization that provides strategic consultancy, world-class process development, cGMP manufacturing and analytical development services for every significant biopharmaceutical product technology.

Dr. Crawford Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Eden Biodesign, commented, "We are delighted to become part of Watson Pharmaceuticals and excited by the prospect of accelerating their biologic development strategies." He added, "Our passion and commitment to serving our customers remains undiminished and I firmly believe that the resources and market expertise now available to us will prove to be of tremendous benefit to Eden Biodesign's current and future client base."

Eden's state-of-the-art facility, located in Liverpool, UK, is custom designed for multi-product operation and supports the development of biopharmaceuticals from proof-of-concept through to cGMP manufacture for clinical trials, market launch and commercial supply.

"Completing the acquisition of Eden is the next strategic step in our commitment to establishing a major position in biologic products on a global basis," said Paul Bisaro, Watson's president and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to development and manufacturing facilities, the Eden acquisition adds substantial intellectual capital to Watson's biologics activities, as Dr. Crawford Brown and the Eden management team will remain with Watson. Dr. Brown, co-founder of Eden, brings more than 20 years of international experience in biopharmaceutical development, including the successful pan-European submission for a complex recombinant vaccine which included an EMEA sponsored pre-approval inspection," Bisaro added.

About Eden Biodesign

Eden Biodesign is a globally-integrated biopharmaceutical company offering consultancy, biopharmaceutical design, process development and cGMP manufacturing services to leading biotech and pharmaceutical clients around the world. With a reputation for commercializing biopharmaceutical products and processes, the company offers expertise and guidance in multiple sectors. Eden Biodesign's world class facilities and knowledge in process development, manufacturing, regulatory and technology transfer support ensure that Eden Biodesign offers much more than a traditional CMO. Find out more at www.edenbiodesign.com.

About Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the development and distribution of generic pharmaceuticals and specialized branded pharmaceutical products focused on Urology and Women's Health. Watson has operations in many of the world's established and growing international markets. For press release and other company information, visit Watson Pharmaceuticals' Web site at http://www.watson.com.

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