Medicago Announces Closing of Investment by Philip Morris Investments B.V.

QUEBEC CITY, Dec. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Medicago Inc. ("Medicago" or the "Corporation") (TSX: MDG), a biotechnology company focused on developing highly effective and competitive vaccines based on proprietary manufacturing technologies and Virus-Like Particles ("VLPs"), announces that further to the press release dated December 15, 2011, the second tranche of the investment of $22.5 million by Philip Morris Investments B.V. ("PM Investments") has now closed. This second tranche was approved by 99.43% of the disinterested shareholders of Medicago present or represented by proxy at a special meeting of the shareholders of Medicago held on December 15, 2011. The second tranche of the $22.5 million private placement consists in the issuance of 17,200,000 common shares of the Corporation at a price of $0.65 per common share in favour of PM Investments for gross proceeds of $11,180,000.

Prior to the closing of the first tranche of this private placement, PM Investments held 30.2% of the outstanding common shares of the Corporation and following the closing of the second tranche of the Private Placement, PM Investments holds 40% of the outstanding common shares of the Corporation. Therefore PM Investments is a "related party" of Medicago under Multilateral Instrument 61-101 respecting Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (Regulation 61-101 respecting Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions in Québec) ("MI 61-101"). The Private Placement is a "related party transaction" under MI 61-101 but it is exempt from formal valuation and minority approval requirements under MI 61-101.

All common shares issued and to be issued to PM Investments as part of the Private Placement are subject to a four month hold period.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy any securities in any jurisdiction.

About Medicago

Medicago is committed to provide highly effective and competitive vaccines based on proprietary VLP and manufacturing technologies. Medicago is developing VLP vaccines to protect against pandemic and seasonal influenza, using a transient expression system which produces recombinant vaccine antigens in the cells of non-transgenic plants. This technology has potential to offer advantages of speed and cost over competitive technologies. It promises a vaccine for testing in about a month after the identification and reception of genetic sequences from a pandemic strain. This production time frame has the potential to allow vaccination of the population before the first wave of a pandemic strikes and to supply large volumes of vaccine antigens to the world market. Additional information about Medicago is available at

Forward Looking Statements

This news release includes certain forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations, which involve risks and uncertainties associated with Medicago's business and the environment in which the business operates. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking, including those identified by the expressions "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "expect", "intend", and similar expressions to the extent they relate to Medicago or its management. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but reflect Medicago's current expectations regarding future results or events. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, including the matters discussed under "Risks Factors and Uncertainties" in Medicago's Annual Information Form filed on March 31, 2011 with the regulatory authorities. Medicago assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements.

SOURCE Medicago Inc.

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Medicago Inc.        Medicago Inc.  
Andy Sheldon         Catherine Love
President and CEO       Investor Relations
(418) 658-9393                                          (418) 658-9393 ext.156


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