Sucampo to Return All Licenses for Unoprostone Isopropyl to R-Tech Ueno

BETHESDA, Md., March 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Sucampo) (Nasdaq:SCMP), a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced it will immediately return all licenses for unoprostone isopropyl to R-Tech Ueno, Ltd. (RTU). These licenses had provided Sucampo with exclusive development and commercialization rights to unoprostone isopropyl globally except for Japan, People's Republic of China, Taiwan and Korea and covered certain indications, including the lowering of intraocular pressure in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, retinitis pigmentosa and geographic atrophy.

"We are focused on the continued evaluation and prioritization of our pipeline," said Peter Greenleaf, Chief Executive Officer of Sucampo. "Following our exit from commercialization activities for RESCULA® (unoprostone isopropyl) last year and an analysis of preliminary top-line data from RTU's Phase 3 trial of unoprostone isopropyl in retinitis pigmentosa, we have concluded not to continue development of the compound. We believe that the most effective way to increase shareholder value is by prioritizing those development programs for which we see the most significant potential. These include lifecycle management for AMITIZA, which is our highest priority program and includes a series of Phase 3 trials in pediatric functional constipation and a new formulation of the product in adults and pediatrics, as well as cobiprostone, which is being evaluated for non-erosive reflux disease and oral mucositis. We are also committed to the diversification of our pipeline beyond prostones and are actively assessing new therapeutic areas and targets both early and mid- to late-stage."

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