(The following press release from Merck KGaA was received by e-mail. It was not confirmed by the sender.) News Release Your Contact Saoyuth Nidh +41 22 414 46 77 Merck Serono’s EPP to Finance the Launch of the EspeRare Foundation, a Nonprofit Organization to Advance Treatments for Rare Diseases • Merck Serono to endow the EspeRare Foundation with a €2.8 million funding and the rights to a former Merck Serono compound to be actively repositioned in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare pediatric disease with very limited treatment options Geneva, Switzerland, April 15, 2013 – Merck Serono, a division of Merck, Darmstadt, Germany, today announced the launch of the EspeRare Foundation, a nonprofit organization set up by three Merck Serono employees, in the framework of the Merck Serono Entrepreneur Partnership Program (EPP). Merck Serono will donate an initial €2.8 million funding to the EspeRare Foundation. In addition, Merck Serono will transfer the rights of rimeporide, a compound previously developed for heart failure by Merck. The Foundation will investigate this compound in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal genetic rare disease affecting 1 in every 3 600 males. The complete news release can be downloaded at the following link: http://news.merck.de/N/0/D10B7F2DD6747FB9C1257B4D006A650D/$File/EspeRareEn.pdf News releases from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, are available at this address: www.merckgroup.com/media or for residents in the USA and Canada at www.emdgroup.com/media In case you are a resident of the USA or Canada please go to http://www.emdgroup.com/subscribe to register again for your online subscription of this service as our newly introduced geo-targeting requires new links in the email. You may change your subscription at any time by following either one of the following links: www.merckgroup.com/subscribe or www.emdgroup.com/subscribe And please feel free to unsubscribe this service with either www.merckgroup.com/subscribe or www.emdgroup.com/unsubscribe Thank you very much! Merck KGaA ,Darmstadt, Germany External Communications E-mail: Media.Relations@merck.de Hotline: +49 (0) 6151/72-5000 This message and any attachment are confidential and may be privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you must not copy this message or attachment or disclose the contents to any other person. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete the message and any attachment from your system. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and any of its subsidiaries do not accept liability for any omissions or errors in this message which may arise as a result of E-Mail-transmission or for damages resulting from any unauthorized changes of the content of this message and any attachment thereto. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and any of its subsidiaries do not guarantee that this message is free of viruses and does not accept liability for any damages caused by any virus transmitted therewith. Click http://disclaimer.merck.de to access the German, French, Spanish and Portuguese versions of this disclaimer.
MERCK SERONO’S EPP TO FINANCE ESPERARE FOUNDATION LAUNCH (ENG)