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Annual Changes to the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index

NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced the results of the annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (Nasdaq:NBI), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, December 22, 2014.

The following 44 securities will be added to the Index: Avalanche Biotechnologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:AAVL), Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AERI), Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:AKBA), Alder BioPharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ALDR), Alimera Sciences Inc. (Nasdaq:ALIM), Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMPH), ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:ANIP), Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:ASPX), Cara Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CARA), Compugen Ltd. (Nasdaq:CGEN), Celladon Corporation (Nasdaq:CLDN), Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNCE), Enanta Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTA), Flamel Technologies S.A. (Nasdaq:FLML), Foundation Medicine, Inc. (Nasdaq:FMI), Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:FOLD), Five Prime Therapeutics (Nasdaq:FPRX), GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (Nasdaq:GWPH), Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:HPTX), Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq:ICPT), Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:INO), Insmed Inc. (Nasdaq:INSM), Kite Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:KITE), Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:KPTI), MacroGenics, Inc. (Nasdaq:MGNX), Ophthotech Corporation (Nasdaq:OPHT), Pharmacyclics Inc. (Nasdaq:PCYC), Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:PETX), POZEN Inc. (Nasdaq:POZN), Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:PTX), QLT Inc. (Nasdaq:QLTI), Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq:RARE), Receptos, Inc. (Nasdaq:RCPT), Radius Health, Inc. (Nasdaq:RDUS), Relypsa, Inc. (Nasdaq:RLYP), Retrophin, Inc. (Nasdaq:RTRX), Revance Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:RVNC), Sage Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:SAGE), Theravance Biopharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:TBPH), Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:TTPH), Versartis, Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAR), Acceleron Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq:XLRN), Zafgen Inc. (Nasdaq:ZFGN) and ZS Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZSPH).

The Index is designed to track the performance of a set of securities listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market® (NASDAQ®) that are classified as either biotechnology or pharmaceutical according to the Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB).

As a result of the re-ranking, the following eight securities will be removed from the Index: Amarin Corporation PLC (Nasdaq:AMRN), Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AUXL), Curis, Inc. (Nasdaq:CRIS), Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:EXPR), Cellular Dynamics International (Nasdaq:ICEL), Onconova Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:ONTX), Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq:RIGL), and Zogenix, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZGNX).

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