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Speedel invites shareholders to extraordinary general meeting

Four new members from Novartis recommended for election to the Board

(PresseBox) (Basel, ) Speedel Holding Ltd. (SWX: SPPN) today published the invitation for the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to be held on 14 August 2008. A key agenda item is the election of new members to the Speedel Board of Directors. The Board of Directors recommends the election of Dr. Raymund Breu, Joseph Jimenez, Jonathan Peacock and Joerg Walther as new members to the Board. Each person recommended is currently employed by the Novartis Group.

Dr. Bradley J. Bolzon and Prof. Michel Burnier, who are current members of the Board, will resign effective with the EGM. Dr. Fritz Kunz and Dr. Ernst Schweizer will continue to serve on Speedel's Board of Directors.

The EGM will be held on Thursday 14 August 2008 starting at 11:00 a.m. (CET) at the Hilton-Hotel Basel, Aeschengraben 31, CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland. The doors will open at 10:30 a.m.

The invitation is being sent today to all registered shareholders. The admission cards required for participation at the EGM, along with the voting material, will be sent to the registered shareholders upon receipt of the registration card for the EGM and will be issued in accordance with the registration in the share register of Speedel Holding Ltd as of 4 August 2008, 05:00 p.m.

Shareholders may address any enquiries about their shareholding or the procedure for voting at the EGM to:SAG SIS Aktienregister AG,Baslerstrasse 90,CH-4600 Olten,Switzerland.

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[1] Rasilez/Tekturna® are Novartis trademarks.

Speedel Pharma AG

Speedel is a public biopharmaceutical company that seeks to create value for patients, partners and investors by developing innovative therapies for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Speedel is a world leader in renin inhibition, a promising new approach with significant potential for treating cardiovascular diseases. Our lead compound SPP100, Aliskiren (Rasilez/Tekturna[1]) the first-in-class direct renin inhibitor, was in-licensed from Novartis in 1999 and licensed-back to Novartis Pharma in 2002 for further development and commercialisation; SPP100 was approved by the FDA in the US in March 2007, and by the EMEA in the EU in August 2007. Our pipeline covers four different modes of action, and in addition to SPP100, includes SPP301 (an endothelin receptor A antagonist) in Phase II, SPP200 (a direct thrombin inhibitor) in Phase II, the next generation renin inhibitors SPP635 (in Phase Il), SPP1148 and SPP676 (both in Phase I) and several pre-clinical projects, including SPP2745 (aldosterone synthase inhibitor).
Speedel develops novel product candidates through focused innovation and smart drug development from lead identification to the end of Phase II. We either partner with big pharma for Phase III and commercialisation in primary-care indications, or we may ourselves complete Phase III development in specialist indications. Candidate compounds for development and the company's intellectual property come from our late-stage research unit Speedel Experimenta and from in-licensing. Our team of approximately 80 employees, including over 30 experienced pharmaceutical scientists, is located at our headquarters and laboratories in Basel, Switzerland and at offices in New Jersey, USA and Tokyo, Japan.
Speedel was founded in 1998 as a private company. In September 2005 the company's shares were listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange under the symbol SPPN. Further information is available at

[1] Rasilez/Tekturna® are Novartis trademarks.