Akela announces results of legal cases

AUSTIN, TX, Feb. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Akela (TSX: AKL) a leader in the development of therapeutics for the treatment of pain and its wholly owned subsidiary, PharmaForm, a leader in the contract pharmaceutical development and manufacturing business, today announced the outcomes of two legal cases involving former employees.

In Michael Crowley vs. Formulation Technologies, LLC d/b/a/ PharmaForm, the arbitrator found in favor of Mr. Crowley. As a result, Mr. Crowley has been awarded $325,000 for payment under Mr. Crowley's employment agreement, commissions and vacation accruals earned over his employment period, partial payment of Mr. Crowley's legal fees and Mr. Crowley's out-of-pocket expenses.

In the separate matter of Lermer vs. Akela Pharma Inc. and Formulation Technologies, LLC d/b/a/ PharmaForm PharmaForm, a jury sided with Mr. Lermer and awarded him $188,500 in severance pay and approximately $47,000 in vacation pay earned during the period which he was employed by the company. The judgment was solely against Akela Pharma.

About PharmaForm:

PharmaForm, a wholly owned subsidiary of Akela Pharma Inc., is a leading specialty contract service provider in the area of pharmaceutical dosage form development and manufacturing, specializing in controlled release and bioavailability enhancement technologies, such as hot melt extrusion, liquid filled capsules, solvent-based fluid bed processing and spray drying. Through its diverse offerings, PharmaForm solutions help pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients reach their development targets, reduce development costs and accelerate time-to-market.

About Akela Pharma Inc.:

Akela Pharma is a drug development company with its lead product, Fentanyl TAIFUN(R), being developed for the treatment of breakthrough cancer pain. Fentanyl TAIFUN is a fast-acting fentanyl formulation delivered using the company's TAIFUN multi-dose dry powder inhaler platform. Akela's pipeline also includes a growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH), which is being developed for frailty and wasting in chronic renal disease.

Akela's common shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") under the symbol "AKL" with 30.9 million shares outstanding.

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SOURCE Akela Pharma Inc

For further information: For further information: Greg McKee, President and Chief Executive Officer, PharmaForm, (512) 531-6686; Tim Brons (media), Vida Communication, (415) 675-7402, tbrons@vidacommunication.com

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