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Enzon Discontinues Its Plan to Spin-off Its Biotechnology Business

BRIDGEWATER, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 1, 2008 - Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENZN) today announced that the Board of Directors has decided to discontinue its previously announced plan to spin-off the biotechnology business into a separate public company. The Company will continue to focus on the fundamentals of the business. This includes the continued improvement of its operating efficiency and the advancement of its novel R&D portfolio.

“While we continue to believe that the spin-off of the biotechnology business would be a strategic and value-enhancing plan, the current external market conditions have influenced our decision at this time,” said Jeffrey H. Buchalter, chairman and chief executive officer of Enzon. “The fundamentals of the business remain strong and we will continue to develop our innovative compounds for cancer patients.”

About Enzon

Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of important medicines for patients with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Enzon has a portfolio of four marketed products, Oncaspar®, DepoCyt®, Abelcet® and Adagen®. The Company's drug development programs utilize several cutting-edge approaches, including its industry-leading PEGylation technology platform used to create product candidates with benefits such as reduced dosing frequency and less toxicity. Enzon's PEGylation technology was used to develop two of its products, Oncaspar and Adagen, and has created a royalty revenue stream from licensing partnerships for other products developed using the technology. Enzon also engages in contract manufacturing for several pharmaceutical companies to broaden the Company's revenue base. Further information about Enzon and this press release can be found on the Company's web site at www.enzon.com.

Forward Looking Statements

There are forward-looking statements contained herein, which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as the words "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should,” "potential," "anticipates," "plans," or "intends" and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, events or developments to be materially different from the future results, events or developments indicated in such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to the timing, success and cost of clinical studies; the ability to obtain regulatory approval of products, market acceptance of, and continuing demand for, Enzon's products and the impact of competitive products and pricing. A more detailed discussion of these and other factors that could affect results is contained in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2007. These factors should be considered carefully and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that the future results covered by the forward-looking statements will be achieved. All information in this press release is as of the date of this press release and Enzon does not intend to update this information.

 

 

Contact: Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Craig Tooman, 908-541-8777
EVP, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
 

 

Posted: December 2008


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