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Emergent BioSolutions Announces That Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense Issued Notices of Intent to Procure up to a Combined 22.75 Million Doses of BioThrax(R)(Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed)

ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 18, 2007--Emergent BioSolutions Inc. today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued two separate notices of intent to procure up to a combined total of 22.75 million doses of BioThrax(R) (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed).

In a Presolicitation Notice issued today, HHS stated its intent to procure 10.4 million doses of BioThrax for the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) with options for up to an additional 8.35 million doses. HHS announced that it intends to enter sole source negotiations with the company to finalize the procurement and to make an award on or about July 24, 2007.

Separately, DoD issued a Special Notice signaling an anticipated sole source contract award to procure a minimum of 4 million doses of BioThrax, over a base period and 3 optional ordering periods.

"We were very pleased to learn of HHS and DoD's intent to procure additional doses of BioThrax," stated Fuad El-Hibri, chairman and chief executive officer of Emergent BioSolutions Inc. "These notices indicate a continued commitment by the U.S. Government to Emergent BioSolutions' FDA-licensed anthrax vaccine for the protection of military personnel and civilians. We are committed to working with both HHS and DoD to promptly complete these intended procurements to ensure both federal agencies have continued access to and supply of this critical biodefense countermeasure."

"We compliment the Government's leadership in following a strategy of acquiring licensed available countermeasures for the highest threat agents, while pursuing next generation development utilizing new and emerging technologies," continued Mr. El-Hibri. In support of this strategy the company has a next generation anthrax countermeasure development program which includes both BioThrax and rPA-based candidates. This program is designed to meet the next generation requirements of the Government, including: room temperature storage, extended shelf life, novel adjuvants and novel delivery systems.

Since 1998, the company has delivered 19 million doses of BioThrax under contracts with HHS and DoD.

About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of immunobiotics, consisting of vaccines and therapeutics that induce or assist the body's immune system to prevent or treat disease. The company's biodefense business is focused on immunobiotics for use against biological agents that are potential weapons of bioterrorism. The company's commercial business is focused on development, manufacture and commercialization of immunobiotics for use against infectious diseases. These immunobiotics are designed to address significant unmet or underserved public health needs. More information on the company is available at

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This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements, other than statements of historical fact, our strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management and any other statements containing the words "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "estimates" and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including our performance under existing BioThrax(R) sales contracts with the U.S. government, including the timing of deliveries under these contracts; our ability to obtain new BioThrax sales contracts with the U.S. government; our plans for future sales of BioThrax; our plans to pursue label expansions and improvements for BioThrax; our plans to expand our manufacturing facilities and capabilities; the rate and degree of market acceptance and clinical utility of our products; our ongoing and planned development programs, preclinical studies and clinical trials; our ability to identify and acquire or in license products and product candidates that satisfy our selection criteria; the potential benefits of our existing collaboration agreements and our ability to enter into selective additional collaboration arrangements; the timing of and our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approvals for our product candidates; our commercialization, marketing and manufacturing capabilities and strategy; our intellectual property portfolio; our estimates regarding expenses, future revenue, capital requirements and needs for additional financing; and other factors identified in the company's Registration Statement on Form S-1 and subsequent reports filed with the SEC. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.

CONTACT: Emergent BioSolutions Inc.
Robert G. Burrows, 301-795-1877
Vice President, Corporate Communications

SOURCE: Emergent BioSolutions Inc.