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Relypsa Announces New Employment Inducement Grants

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Relypsa, Inc. (Nasdaq:RLYP), a biopharmaceutical company, today announced that on October 15, 2014, the compensation committee of the company's board of directors granted ten new employees options to purchase an aggregate of 146,000 shares of the company's common stock with a per share exercise price of $19.41, the closing trading price on the grant date. The stock options were granted pursuant to the Relypsa, Inc. 2014 Employment Commencement Incentive Plan, which was approved by the company's board of directors in June 2014 under Rule 5653(c)(4) of the Nasdaq Global Select Market for equity grants to induce new employees to enter into employment with the company.

About Relypsa, Inc.

Relypsa, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of non-absorbed polymeric drugs to treat disorders in the areas of renal, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The company's two-part pivotal Phase 3 trial of its lead product candidate, patiromer, for the treatment of hyperkalemia, a potentially life-threatening condition defined as abnormally elevated levels of potassium in the blood, has been completed and the primary and secondary endpoints were met. Relypsa has global royalty-free commercialization rights to patiromer, which has intellectual property protection in the U.S. until at least 2030. More information is available at www.relypsa.com.

CONTACT: Sylvia Wheeler VP, Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs 650-421-9504 IR@relypsa.com

Source:Relypsa, Inc.