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Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Provides Update of its European Drug Development Regulatory Strategy and selects Quotient Clinical for its early development programs

SARASOTA, Fla., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (NASDAQ: RCPI) announced today that it has initiated the development of its lead molecule, Anatabine Citrate, in Europe; and that it has selected Quotient Clinical, The Translational Pharmaceutics Company, based in the United Kingdom (UK) to run its early development programs.

Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals

The Company expects to file a Clinical Trial Application (CTA) by the end of the third quarter with the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) seeking regulatory approval to initiate its clinical trials. Upon CTA approval, a safety and tolerability study will be initiated to investigate escalating doses of Anatabine Citrate. At the same time, Quotient Clinical will employ its RapidFACT (Rapid Formulation development And Clinical Testing) service to identify the next generation of oral Anatabine Citrate formulations for progression into multiple pivotal Phase 2 proof of concept studies.

Michael J. Mullan MBBS (MD) PhD, Rock Creek Pharmaceutical's Chairman and CEO, said, "We are excited to be working with the Quotient Clinical team who provide a unique blend of services that integrate formulation development, real time GMP manufacturing and rapid clinical testing. These are exactly the resources and expertise our lead compound needs to expedite the drug development process to prepare us for phase II clinical trials expected to begin in 2015. "

Mark Egerton, Chief Executive Officer, Quotient Clinical said "Anatabine Citrate represents a potential new and exciting medicine for inflammatory disorders. We are delighted that Rock Creek have selected Quotient Clinical to progress their drug candidate through early development. Our Translational Pharmaceutics platform is proven to reduce program timelines and costs and we look forward to working with Rock Creek to accelerate their development plan".  

About Anatabine Citrate:

Rock Creek Pharmaceutical's Antabine Citrate is a small molecule, cholinergic agonist which exhibits anti-inflammatory pharmacological characteristics via the inhibition of NF-kB (nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells). NF-kB is a key protein complex which plays a pivotal role in regulating response to cellular inflammation. The Company has sponsored extensive pre-clinical in vitro and in vivo studies resulting in peer reviewed and published scientific journal articles, covering inflammatory models of Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's Disease, and Auto-Immune Thyroiditis. In addition, the company's unusual compilation of human exposure, safety and tolerability data, provides important insights for future clinical pathway progression.

About Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc.:

Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of new drugs, formulations and compounds that provide therapies for inflammatory conditions and behavioral health.  Additionally, through its subsidiary RCP Development, the Company is engaged in the manufacturing, sale, and marketing of nutraceutical dietary supplements designed to promote maintenance of a healthy metabolism and lifestyle. 

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About Quotient Clinical

Quotient Clinical offers a unique range of services, based on its Translational Pharmaceutics™ platform.  Translational Pharmaceutics™ integrates formulation development, real-time GMP manufacturing with clinical testing, significantly reducing the time and cost of bringing a drug to market.

For more than 20 years, Quotient Clinical has brought innovation to early drug development programs for pharmaceutical companies worldwide.  At the company's purpose built facilities, real-time manufacturing of all types of dosage forms is co-located with its clinical pharmacology unit to maximize flexibility, speed and cost savings for clients. More than 200 highly trained specialists provide a full range of services from study set-up right through to data analysis and reporting.

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Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals:

Ted Jenkins 
Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Development, Investor Relations 
Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals 
[email protected]

Quotient Clinical

Sarah Khan 
kdm communications Ltd 
Tel: + 44 (0)1480 405333
[email protected]

Certain statements contained in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to statements identified by words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "targets," "projects" and similar expressions. The statements in this release are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Numerous factors could cause or contribute to such differences, including, but not limited to, results of clinical trials and/or other studies, the challenges inherent in new product development initiatives, including the continued development and market acceptance of our nutraceutical dietary supplements products, the effect of any competitive products, our ability to license and protect our intellectual property, our ability to raise additional capital in the future that is necessary to maintain our business, changes in government policy and/or regulation, potential litigation by or against us, any governmental review of our products or practices and the outcome of the ongoing investigations as well as other risks discussed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 filed on March 17, 2014 and our 10-Q Report filed on May 12, 2014. We undertake no duty to update any forward-looking statement or any information contained in this press release or in other public disclosures at any time.

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