Artepharm Global Corp.
OTC Bulletin Board : ARGC

April 19, 2010 19:32 ET

Artepharm Announces Joint Venture With Chinese Pharmaceutical Company to Market an Inexpensive and Quick-Acting Malaria Cure

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) - Artepharm Global Corp. (the "Company") (OTCBB:ARGC) (www.artepharmglobal.com) is pleased to announce a joint venture with Artepharm Co. Ltd. (Artepharm China), a mid-sized pharmaceutical and biotech company based in Guangzhou, China, who have successfully developed and patented a drug that is effective as both a malaria cure and prevention method.

The anti-malarial drug, Artequick®, is currently being marketed in 11 countries where the incident rate of malaria is high. This is an affordable four-pill treatment, which is sufficient to both cure and prevent even the latest strains of malaria. For 2009, Artepharm China generated approximately US$1.5 million. Under the terms of the joint venture, Artepharm Global will acquire the global marketing rights and hold the global patents for the drug Artequick®, as well as retain all the revenues generated from continuing sales in exchange for 40 million shares of the Company.

The Artequick® anti-malarial drug was developed as a highbred of Chinese natural medicine and modern western pharmaceutical technology. The active ingredient in Artequick® is artemisinin, a plant that is indigenous to China and has been utilized as malaria treatment since the 1600's. While artemisinin has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine, the Artequick® delivery system was developed using the latest in modern western pharmaceutical technology. This integration of eastern and western medicine is a new approach to developing efficacious drugs and could mark the beginning of a massive shift in the global pharmaceutical industry.

In March 2009, the TV news show Dateline (Australia) aired an 18-minute documentary on Artepharm China's work in eradicating malaria on the island of Mohéli, in the Comoros Islands off the east coast of Africa. Just months after the Mohéli project was launched in November 2007, the island's malaria infection rate dropped rapidly from 22% to 2%. Within the year leading up to this documentary, there were no deaths attributed to malaria. The full documentary can be viewed at http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/about/id/600026/n/The-Last-Bite or on our website at www.artepharmglobal.com.

Malaria infects over half a billion people each year and causes 3,000 deaths a day. With over 40% percent of the world's population living in areas where malaria is endemic, the vast majority also living in a state of poverty, the market for an inexpensive malaria cure is immeasurable and Artequick® is an optimal solution. Artepharm Global is positioned to positively alter the effect malaria has on the world today.

About Artepharm Global
Artepharm Global has acquired the patent and worldwide marketing rights for Artequick®, a natural artemisinin-based anti-malaria drug developed by Artepharm Co. Artepharm Co. is a modern pharmaceutical company involved in R&D and the manufacturing of artemisinin-based anti-malarias and anti-viral traditional Chinese medicines. It was jointly established by a group of experts specializing in the research of Qinghao, commonly known as Artemisia annua. For more information got to www.artepharmglobal.com.

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