SOURCE: SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

January 11, 2010 06:00 ET

SciClone Provides 2009 Financial Update and Initial 2010 Sales Revenue Guidance

FOSTER CITY, CA--(Marketwire - January 11, 2010) - SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCLN) today announced its full year 2009 sales revenue, 2010 sales revenue guidance and its year-end cash position as follows:

--  For 2009, the company anticipates revenues of approximately $72.4
    million (unaudited), a 34% increase over 2008.
--  Cash, cash equivalents, short and long-term investments are
    anticipated to be approximately $31.8 million (unaudited) at December 31,
    2009, compared with $29.7 million at December 31, 2008.
--  The company expects 2010 sales revenue of $82 to $85 million, a 15%
    increase over 2009
    

"During 2009, we executed on our corporate strategy of managing the company as a profit-driven specialty pharmaceutical business with a strong pipeline to fuel future growth. We expect to achieve significant full year operating profitability during 2009 and are very pleased with both our commercial sales growth and cash position," commented Friedhelm Blobel, Ph.D. SciClone's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Given the strong performance of our international commercial operations and careful expense management, we expect profits to continue to grow in 2010. We look forward to providing full 2010 financial guidance as well as an update on our pipeline later this quarter."

SciClone expects to report its full 2009 financial results, and further 2010 financial guidance in early March, in connection with the announcement of its 2009 year-end financial results.

About SciClone

SciClone Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SCLN) is a profit-driven, global specialty pharmaceutical company with a substantial international business and a product portfolio of novel therapies for cancer and infectious diseases. SciClone is focused on continuing international sales growth, a cost-containing clinical development strategy, and overall expense management. ZADAXIN® (thymalfasin or thymosin alpha 1) is sold in over 30 countries for the treatment of hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV), certain cancers and as a vaccine adjuvant. SciClone's pipeline of drug candidates includes thymalfasin, in clinical studies as an enhancer of H1N1 flu vaccines; thymalfasin for stage IV melanoma, for which SciClone has reached agreement with the FDA on the design of a phase 3 trial; SCV-07 in a phase 2 trial for the delay of onset of severe oral mucositis in patients receiving chemoradiation therapy for the treatment of cancers of the head and neck; and SCV-07 in a phase 2 trial for the treatment of HCV. SciClone has exclusive commercialization and distribution rights to DC Bead™ in China, where the product is under regulatory review. The Company also has exclusive commercialization and distribution rights to the anti-nausea drug ondansetron RapidFilm™ in China and Vietnam, for which it will seek regulatory approval. For additional information, please visit www.sciclone.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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