Sucampo Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Ryuji Ueno, to Receive Visionary Award From the Foundation Fighting Blindness

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BETHESDA, Md., March 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Sucampo) (Nasdaq:SCMP), a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the Foundation Fighting Blindness (Foundation), a national nonprofit driving sight-saving research, will honor Sucampo's Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Ryuji Ueno, M.D., Ph.D., Ph.D., with the Foundation's Visionary Award, in recognition of Dr. Ueno's longstanding commitment to helping patients with eye diseases. The 12th Annual D.C. "For the Love of Sight" Visionary Awards Dinner will take place on Tuesday, April 1, at 6 p.m. Eastern, at the Ritz-Carlton - Downtown, Washington, D.C., to benefit research into preventions, treatments and cures for vision-robbing retinal diseases including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Usher syndrome and related conditions that affect more than 10 million Americans.

Dr. Ueno discovered unoprostone isopropyl, an ophthalmic agent currently approved for primary open angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension in the United States and Japan. Based on this discovery, Sucampo's development partner, R-Tech Ueno, Ltd., is currently in a Phase 3 study in Japan of a different formulation of the ophthalmic agent for RP.

"We are pleased that the Foundation's Visionary Award recognizes Dr. Ueno's accomplishments and dedication to those suffering from generative forms of eye disease," said Peter Greenleaf, Sucampo's Chief Executive Officer. "By building on Dr. Ueno's leadership and advancements in the ophthalmic area, we will continue to strive in making quality medicines to help meet the unmet medical needs of patients around the world."

About Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company, is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs based on ion channel activators knows as prostones. Discovered by the company's scientific co-founder, Dr. Ueno, prostones are naturally occurring fatty acid metabolites with unique physiological activities. Sucampo has two marketed products – AMITIZA® and RESCULA® – and a pipeline of prostone-based product candidates in clinical development. A global company, Sucampo is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and has operations in Japan, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. For more information, please visit

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