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Annual Changes to the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index

NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nasdaq (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 21, 2015.

The following 60 securities will be added to the Index:

EXCHANGESYMBOLCOMPANY NAME
NasdaqADHDAlcobra Ltd.
NasdaqADMSAdamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc
NasdaqADROAduro Biotech, Inc.
NasdaqAFMDAffimed N.V.
NasdaqAGTCApplied Genetic Technologies
NasdaqAMRNAmarin Corporation PLC
NasdaqANTHAnthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
NasdaqAQXPAquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
NasdaqARDXArdelyx, Inc.
NasdaqARWRArrowhead Research Corp
NasdaqATRAAtara Biotherapeutics
NasdaqBLCMBellicum Pharmaceuticals
NasdaqBPMCBlueprint Medicines Corp
NasdaqCBPOChina Biologic Products, Inc.
NasdaqCHMAChiasma, Inc.
NasdaqCHRSCoherus BioSciences, Inc
NasdaqCOLLCollegium Pharmaceutical
NasdaqCRISCuris Inc
NasdaqCXRXConcordia Healthcare
NasdaqDBVTDBV Technologies S.A.
NasdaqDERMDermira, Inc.
NasdaqDNAIProNAi Therapeutics, Inc.
NasdaqDRNADicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc
NasdaqDRRXDURECT Corporation
NasdaqEGLTEgalet Corporation
NasdaqEGRXEagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
NasdaqESPREsperion Therapeutics
NasdaqFGENFibroGen, Inc.
NasdaqFLKSFlex Pharma, Inc.
NasdaqFLXNFlexion Therapeutics, Inc.
NasdaqFOMXFoamix Pharmaceuticals
NasdaqIMDZImmune Design Corp
NasdaqINCRINC Research Hldg
NasdaqITEKInotek Pharmaceuticals
NasdaqJUNOJuno Therapeutics, Inc.
NasdaqKMPHKemPharm, Inc.
NasdaqLBIOLion Biotech Inc
NasdaqLIFEaTyr Pharma, Inc.
NasdaqMCRBSeres Therapeutics
NasdaqNDRMNeuroDerm Ltd.
NasdaqNEOSNeos Therapeutics, Inc.
NasdaqNKNantKwest, Inc.
NasdaqNSTGNanoString Technologies
NasdaqOCULOcular Therapeutix, Inc.
NasdaqONCESpark Therapeutics, Inc.
NasdaqONTYOncothyreon Inc.
NasdaqOTICOtonomy, Inc.
NasdaqOVASOvaScience, Inc.
NasdaqPRAHPRA Health Sciences, Inc.
NasdaqQUREuniQure NV
NasdaqRIGLRigel Pharmaceuticals Inc
NasdaqTKAITokai Pharmaceuticals
NasdaqTLGTTeligent, Inc.
NasdaqTRVNTrevena, Inc.
NasdaqTSROTESARO, Inc.
NasdaqVTAEVitae Pharmaceuticals St
NasdaqVTLVital Therapies, Inc.
NasdaqXBITXBiotech Inc.
NasdaqXNCRXencor, Inc.
NasdaqZGNXZogenix, Inc.


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 twelve securities will be removed from the Index:

EXCHANGESYMBOLCOMPANY NAME
NasdaqACRXAcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
NasdaqALIMAlimera Sciences Inc
NasdaqCLDNCelladon Corporation
NasdaqDYAXDyax Corp.
NasdaqPOZNPOZEN Inc.
NasdaqPTXPernix Therapeutics Hldgs
NasdaqQLTIQLT Inc.
NasdaqSNTASynta Pharmaceuticals Corp.
NasdaqSVASinovac Biotech, Ltd
NasdaqVSTMVerastem, Inc.
NasdaqVVUSVivus, Inc.
NasdaqXOMAXOMA Corporation


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