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Robert J. Spiegel, M.D., FACP Joins Sucampo's Board of Directors

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Sucampo) (Nasdaq:SCMP), a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that Robert J. Spiegel, M.D., FACP has joined Sucampo's Board of Directors.

"Bob has led successful clinical research and development programs for more than 30 years and brings significant expertise to Sucampo's Board," said Peter Greenleaf, Chief Executive Officer of Sucampo. "As we focus on advancing and diversifying our pipeline, Bob's insight will be a valuable asset for our clinical development efforts."

Dr. Spiegel was Chief Medical Officer of Schering-Plough and was involved in the successful filing of over 30 New Drug Applications. He also served on the executive committees overseeing research projects and drug licensing activities. Dr. Spiegel joined Schering-Plough in 1983 as Director, Clinical Research, progressing through clinical operations as Vice President of Clinical Research, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Clinical Research and then becoming Chief Medical Officer in 1998. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Yale University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medical Center and serves on the Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Committees of a number of companies. Dr. Spiegel also currently serves as Chief Medical Officer at PTC Therapeutics.

About Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is focused on the development and commercialization of medicines that meet major unmet medical needs of patients worldwide. Sucampo has one marketed product – AMITIZA® – and a pipeline of drug candidates in clinical development. A global company, Sucampo is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and has operations in Japan, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit www.sucampo.com.

The Sucampo logo is the registered trademark and the tagline, The Science of Innovation, is a registered/pending trademark of Sucampo AG. AMITIZA is a registered trademark of Sucampo AG.

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CONTACT: Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Silvia Taylor Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications 1-240-223-3718 staylor@sucampo.com

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