Akela announces termination of Davis Springs lease

AUSTIN, TX, April 16 /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 that it has reached agreement with HEP Davis Spring, L.P. to terminate its lease located at 9825 Spectrum Drive, Austin, Texas, eliminating $14,500,000 in future lease payment obligations to the Company.

"Execution of this termination agreement represents a significant step forward in our strategy to restructure the Company and re-focus our efforts and finances back to the Phase 3 clinical trial of the Fentanyl TAIFUN(R) project," stated Gregory M. McKee, president and chief executive officer of Akela Pharma. "We continue to work to restructure the company and are divesting non-core assets including international operations, and the net-operating-losses. We are also working towards re-initiation of both the Japanese clinical study of Fentanyl TAIFUN(R) through our Japanese partner, Teikoku Seiyaku, Inc. as well as our Phase 3 efficacy study in Europe."

As part of its agreement with HEP Davis Spring, Akela will release all funds from an associated letter-of-credit, pending TSX approval, issue 1,250,000 shares of AKL stock and make certain additional undisclosed payments.

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.

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.

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Forward-looking statements or information in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements or information concerning our ongoing drug development programs and collaborations as well as the possible receipt of future payments upon achievement of milestones.

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Assumptions underlying our expectations regarding forward-looking statements or information contained in this press release include, among others, that future clinical trial results will be favorable; that our drug candidate will treat target diseases as intended; that we will raise enough capital, on reasonable terms and in a timely manner; that we will retain our key personnel; that we will obtain the necessary regulatory approvals.

In the event that any of these assumptions prove to be incorrect, or in the event that we are impacted by any of the risks identified above, we may not be able to continue in our business as planned.

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All forward-looking statements and information made herein are based on our current expectations as of the date hereof and we disclaim any intention or obligation to revise or update such forward-looking statements and information to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by law.

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SOURCE Akela Pharma Inc

For further information: For further information: Greg McKee, President and Chief Executive Officer, Akela Pharma/PharmaForm, (512) 531-6686; Tim Brons (media), Vida Communication, (415) 675-7402, tbrons@vidacommunication.com; Michael Moore (investors), Equicom Group, (416) 815-0700 x241

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