Update on Phase III Study of oral calcitonin for treatment of osteoarthritis

Emisphere Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:EMIS) today announced that Novartis Pharma AG and its license partner Nordic Bioscience a/s (the "Sponsor") have reported the following in connection with their Phase III Study 2302 in osteoarthritis assessing the safety and efficacy of oral calcitonin in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. This study incorporates Emisphere's unique and proprietary Eligen® Drug Delivery Technology for the improved oral absorption of salmon calcitonin.

An independent Data Monitoring Committee ("DMC") conducted a futility analysis of one-year data for all patients enrolled in this two-year study, including assessments of safety and efficacy parameters. The DMC concluded that although there is no reason to stop Study 2302 because of safety concerns, there is no reason to continue the study for efficacy. The DMC also concluded that the final decision whether to continue Study 2302 rests with the Sponsor.

A parallel two-year Phase III Study 2301 in osteoarthritis assessing the safety and efficacy of oral calcitonin in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee is still in progress. In December 2009, the DMC conducted a futility analysis of one-year data for all patients enrolled in this two-year study, including assessments of safety and efficacy parameters, and recommended to continue with such Study.

The Sponsor currently intends to continue the clinical program of oral calcitonin in osteoarthritis, including both Phase III Study 2301 and Phase III Study 2302. Novartis and Nordic Bioscience will continue to work together to assess next steps once the final data of Study 2301 is available. This data is expected to be available in 4Q-2010. Additionally, the Sponsor currently intends to continue the clinical program of oral calcitonin in osteoporosis. Previously, in its quarterly earnings report for the period ended June 30, 2010, Novartis stated that oral calcitonin for the treatment of osteoporosis is planned to file with the regulatory authorities during 2011.

SOURCE Emisphere Technologies, Inc.

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