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Published on 28 June 2010

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Shire named Company of the Year at Mediscience Awards

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Shire plc, the global specialty biopharmaceutical company was named Company of the Year in the European Mediscience Awards 2010.

All quoted European mediscience companies are eligible for the European Mediscience Awards, provided that the majority of the business of the company, and its subsidiaries are in the healthcare, medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or life sciences sectors. This numbers over 150 quoted companies.

The award scheme recognises the importance of the capital markets to fund growth and innovation in the biopharmaceutical marketplace. The criteria for the Company of the Year award is a well defined strategy and demonstration of the ability to deliver its key financial, ethical and social ambitions.

Says Angus Russell, Chief Executive Officer of Shire:  “We’re delighted to have been voted Company of the Year at the Mediscience Awards.  This award recognises the success of our strategy and the hard work of everyone at Shire who is so dedicated to meeting the needs of the patients and their families that rely on Shire medicines.”

On behalf of the voting panel, Kate Silverton, BBC personality and Awards presenter, said: “Shire has enjoyed a spectacular year, successfully making an excellent transition from a focus on attention deficit hyperactivity disorders to a genetic disease and specialist biopharmaceutical company.  In financial terms its 25% increase in 2009 in core product sales underlines its potential in 2010 and beyond.”

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