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Sucampo Announces Resignation of Chief Financial Officer

BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 13, 2011 - Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMP) today announced that Jan Smilek, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance, has resigned, effective immediately, to pursue other opportunities. Sucampo will initiate search for a new CFO.

Mr. Smilek joined Sucampo Pharmaceuticals in February 2008 as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller. In August 2008, he was appointed Acting Chief Financial Officer and in December 2009 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Sucampo, Mr. Smilek was the Senior Director of Finance at Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

About Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an international biopharmaceutical company based in Bethesda, Maryland, focuses on the development and commercialization of medicines based on prostones. The therapeutic potential of prostones, which occur naturally in the human body as a result of enzymatic (15-PGDH) transformation of certain fatty acids, was first identified by Ryuji Ueno, M.D., Ph.D., Ph.D., Sucampo Pharmaceuticals' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Ueno founded Sucampo Pharmaceuticals in 1996 with Sachiko Kuno, Ph.D., founding Chief Executive Officer and currently Advisor, International Business Development and a member of the Board of Directors. For more information about Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, please visit

Sucampo Forward-Looking Statement

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Sucampo Pharmaceuticals are forward-looking statements made under the provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the words “project,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “will,” ”may” or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements include statements about the potential utility of Amitiza and Rescula to treat particular indications and expected data availability dates. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including those described in Sucampo Pharmaceuticals' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and other periodic reports filed with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements in this press release represent Sucampo Pharmaceuticals' views only as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. Sucampo Pharmaceuticals anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its views to change. However, while Sucampo Pharmaceuticals may elect to update these forward-looking statements publicly at some point in the future, Sucampo Pharmaceuticals specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Contact: Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Kate de Santis, 240-223-3834


Posted: January 2011