Salix Pharmaceuticals Donates $500,000 To ASGE's IT&T Capital Campaign To Build A New State-of-the-Art GI Training Center

  Salix Pharmaceuticals Donates $500,000 To ASGE's IT&T Capital Campaign To
               Build A New State-of-the-Art GI Training Center

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OAK BROOK, Ill., Dec. 4, 2012

OAK BROOK, Ill., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society
for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Foundation has received a donation of
$500,000 from Salix Pharmaceuticals to ASGE's IT&T Capital Campaign, a
fundraising project to construct a new facility that will provide cutting-edge
technology and training capabilities to significantly optimize current
educational opportunities. The donation will be made over five years.

"We are grateful to Salix Pharmaceuticals for this very generous donation.
Their pledge is an investment in the future of gastrointestinal endoscopy,"
said Thomas M. Deas, Jr., MD, MMM, FASGE, president, American Society for
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. "'The Global Home for Endoscopy' will be a
facility offering state-of-the-art gastrointestinal endoscopy training in an
interactive environment to address the future needs of physicians, the
endoscopy team and patients. It will attract physicians from around the world
in addition to reaching physicians where they live through broadcast
transmissions of educational courses from the IT&T center."

ASGE has been providing learning opportunities at its current Institute for
Training & Technology (IT&T) in Oak Brook, Ill. The new facility will be
situated on a 3.5-acre plot in Chicago's Downers Grove suburb, close to both
O'Hare and Midway airports, and will serve as the global home of endoscopy,
offering a full range of medical training and continuing medical education

"We applaud the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy's leadership
in advancing the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disease," stated
Carolyn Logan, president and chief executive officer, Salix Pharmaceuticals.
"Salix is committed to providing gastrointestinal-focused solutions for
patients and healthcare providers, and with that commitment in mind, we are
pleased to support this ASGE initiative which will expand educational
opportunities for endoscopists."

The new facility will offer:

  oState-of-the-art laboratory facilities that will house up to 16 hands-on
    stations to provide training simulations using the latest equipment and
    technologies in endoscopy; built-in flexibility to accommodate equipment
    and models for hands-on training and simulation in other specialties
  oAdvanced training models and simulators
  oA 100-seat auditorium with an audience-response system
  oIn-house real-time DVD recording of courses and rapid duplication
  oAdditional conference space and breakout rooms
  oThe capability to broadcast and receive live transmissions anywhere in the
    world, including endoscopic instruction and demonstration of techniques as
    well as didactic lectures on research and educational findings
  oThe potential to provide real-time or recorded access online to IT&T
    hands-on and didactic courses via video streaming technology
  oThe ability for domestic and international faculty to participate in
    courses on site or via satellite to teach cutting-edge techniques live to
    anyone, anywhere in the world
  oA resource for international members to extend training while in the U.S.
    attending Digestive Disease Week® or other meetings, allowing them to
    learn and practice techniques that are not standard in their regions of
    the world
  oRentable lab, auditorium, banquet and conference rooms
  oThe facility is designed to accommodate training by many medical
    specialties and is available for use by other organizations interested in
    renting space

ASGE IT&T Capital Campaign
ASGE's IT&T Capital Campaign is a fundraising project through the ASGE
Foundation to construct the new facility that will provide cutting-edge
technology and training capabilities to significantly optimize current
educational opportunities. ASGE and the ASGE Foundation promote ongoing
research in gastrointestinal endoscopy and its applications to disease
management and prevention to ultimately improve the quality of endoscopy
delivered to patients. The ASGE Foundation also funds programs designed to
improve physician training and foster career development as well as supports
important educational initiatives aimed at explaining the role of endoscopy in
digestive health to the public. The IT&T Capital Campaign has raised funds
from ASGE members and corporate partners, and as of November 2012, the
campaign has surpassed its $6 million goal.

To learn more about the IT&T Capital Campaign, visit

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal
Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive
health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy.
ASGE, with more than 12,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards
for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes
distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for
endoscopic education. Visit and for
more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.

About Salix Pharmaceuticals
Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina,
develops and markets prescription pharmaceutical products for the prevention
and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. Salix's strategy is to in-license
late-stage or marketed proprietary therapeutic products, complete any required
development and regulatory submission of these products, and market them
through the Company's gastroenterology specialty sales and marketing team.

About Endoscopy
Endoscopy is performed by specially-trained physicians called endoscopists
using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the
gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes,
endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions
via natural orifices. Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and
fitted with precision devices that allow viewing and treatment of the
gastrointestinal system.

Media Contact: Anne Brownsey
(630) 570-5635

SOURCE American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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