Cardiome Announces Workforce Reduction
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cardiome Pharma Corp. (Nasdaq: CRME) (TSX:COM) today announced that the Company is undertaking a significant workforce reduction as a response to the recently announced termination of Merck's development efforts relating to the vernakalant oral program.
The workforce reduction eliminates all positions focused on internal research activities along with certain supporting functions. The reduction in personnel will decrease the total number of employees by approximately 85%. The company expects to incur up to $5.0 million in severance and other charges related to this restructuring over the remainder of the year.
"We very much regret that this decision of the Board will affect the individuals that have contributed over the past years to Cardiome." said Dr. William Hunter, interim CEO, "I want to express my appreciation to everyone for their hard work, passion and commitment. We believe this action was necessary to maximize shareholder value by effective management of Cardiome's cash resources and continued focus on our ongoing partnership with Merck on BRINAVESS IV."
The company had previously announced that one of Dr. Hunter's first tasks as interim CEO would be to review all current activities of the Company with the immediate objective of optimizing the spend rate. The announcement today reflects completion of this objective. By mid-August, Dr. Hunter and Mr. Rieder will provide the shareholders with a further progress report via press release and an analyst's conference call.
About Cardiome Pharma Corp.
Cardiome Pharma Corp. is dedicated to the development and commercialization of new therapies that will improve the health of patients around the world. Cardiome has one marketed product, BrinavessTM (vernakalant IV), approved in Europe and other territories for the rapid conversion of recent onset atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm in adults.
Cardiome is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market (CRME) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (COM). For more information, please visit our web site at www.cardiome.com.
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