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ROCKVILLE, MD, May 13, 2010 – Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) announced today that it has been named Biotechnology Firm of the Year at the Tech Council of Maryland’s (TCM) Annual Tech Awards.  This award acknowledges the company that best exemplifies the spirit of Maryland’s biotechnology community as well as its presence and leadership within the state.

“It is an honor to represent Emergent BioSolutions, a company composed of talented and hardworking individuals committed to the corporate mission of protecting life,” said Fuad El-Hibri, chairman and chief executive officer, who received the award on behalf of the company.

Fuad El-Hibri Accepts the 2010 Tech Council of Maryland Biotechnology Firm of the Year Award

Fuad El-Hibri Accepts the 2010 Tech Council of Maryland Biotechnology Firm of the Year Award

For 22 years, TCM has recognized companies that have helped establish Maryland’s thriving technology community.  This year’s theme “Building Something Great Together” focuses on the tremendous growth and future outlook for the technology community.

“The theme, ‘Building Something Great Together,’ is meaningful because Emergent’s success is built on teamwork and collaboration,” Mr. El-Hibri continued.  “It also acknowledges the role that businesses play in contributing to the State’s economic and job growth.  Emergent is proud to be amongst the technology and life sciences companies that have chosen Maryland as its home.”

The criteria for the Biotechnology Firm of the Year Award include: achieving significant and measurable success, contributing to the advancement of biosciences through cutting-edge research and development, crisply executing a growth strategy, and helping foster a vibrant biotech community.

TCM is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM’s mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed.

About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of vaccines and antibody therapeutics that assist the body’s immune system to prevent or treat disease.  Emergent’s marketed product, BioThrax® (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed), is the only vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of anthrax disease.  Emergent’s product pipeline targets infectious diseases and includes programs focused on anthrax, tuberculosis, typhoid, flu and chlamydia.  Additional information may be found at www.emergentbiosolutions.com

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Emergent BioSolutions’ senior management team, headed by Fuad El-Hibri, chairman and chief executive officer and Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi, president and chief operating officer, are hosting “Bioterrorism Prevention, Preparedness and Response,” a forum uniquely organized for members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly (PA). The one-day event is an interactive discussion related to biopreparedness strategies and best practices such as funding, development, and manufacture of biodefense medical countermeasures, creation of strategic stockpiles, and cooperation within the international community.

“Strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention and international cooperation in biodefense are of paramount importance. This forum organized by Emergent is extremely valuable in helping us, as national legislators, to obtain more information on biopreparedness and to promote the idea of strengthening national biodefense capabilities using the best practices and expertise developed by our Allies,” said Canadian Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, NATO PA Treasurer and Vice Chairman of the NATO PA Science and Technology Committee. “We are firm believers in international mechanisms to address bioterrorism challenges.”

The forum is to provide an overview of the United States’ approach to bioterrorism prevention, the role of the Department of Defense and the importance of coordination of international efforts. Featured speakers include: Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI), Dr. Robert P. Kadlec, Director of PRTM Biodefense and Public Health Practice, Jim Saxton, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Dr. Tevi Troy, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute and former Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The visiting delegation, led by NATO Officers of the Science and Technology Committee, is composed of parliamentarians from representative NATO nations including Canada, the Czech Republic, France, and Portugal. The forum is taking place in Washington, D.C.