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by Nick Rees on December 8, 2009

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The Office of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority has advised Emergent BioSolutions that while BARDA’s Request for Proposal has been canceled, Emergent is encouraged to submit a proposal for the office’s Broad Agency Announcement.

BARDA canceled the RFP for the procurement for rPA vaccines after a technical evaluation panel determined that no proposals submitted by vaccine developers could meet the ProjectBioShield statutory requirement of having the product ready for licensure within eight years.

An amendment issued by BARDA to BAA 09-34 at the same time, however, enable companies to submit proposals to obtain development funding for rPA vaccine candidates, which Emergent has been strongly encouraged to do by BARDA.

Emergent plans to submit its proposal to the BAA by the end of this year, in front of the due date of February 1, 2010 for the proposals.

This announcement also does not impact Emergent’s $400 million procurement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to manufacture and deliver 14.5 million doses of BioThrax for the Strategic National Stockpile.

“With this action, BioThrax remains a critical and long-term countermeasure for the US government,” Fuad El-Hibri, chairman and chief executive officer of Emergent BioSolutions, said. “In addition, based upon encouragement by the USG, we believe our rPA vaccine is well-positioned to obtain a development contract under this BAA. Our anthrax franchise solidifies Emergent as a leader in the development and supply of anthrax medical countermeasures.”

BioThrax is currently being delivered under this contract with an expected completion of deliveries by September 2011. BioThrax is the only FDA licensed vaccine for the prevention of anthrax diseases.

“We believe that BioThrax will remain a premier product based on its recent enhancements, such as four-year dating, a reduced vaccination schedule and intramuscular route of administration, together with the potential for a further reduction in the vaccination schedule to a 3-dose primary series with a 3-year boost,” Daniel J.Abdun-Nabi, president and chief operating officer of Emergent BioSolutions, said. “BioThrax continues to be the product of choice for the USG and other customers seeking to address the anthrax threat.”

BARDA and Emergent are also in separate talks for a contract that would see BARDAA fund scale-up and related activities to obtain FDA licensure for large-scale production of BioThrax at Emergent’s new 50,000-square-foot Lansing, Mich., manufacturing facility.

“I am proud that Lansing remains home to America’s first line of defense against what experts say is the single biggest bioterror threat, anthrax,” U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, MI-08, said. “The good news about the cancellation of this particular proposal is HHS recommitted itself to the Lansing-made anthrax vaccine and has opened a new proposal for a next-generation anthrax vaccine for which Emergent has indicated it will compete.

“Rest assured, I will continue working to strengthen our nation’s existing bioterror preparedness measures and protect national security jobs in Lansing.”

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CEO & Chairman, 10% Owner of Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (EBS) Fuad El-hibri sells 15,000 shares of EBS on 08/11/2009 at an average price of $16.78 a share.

EMERGENT BIOSULUTIONS INC. is a leading biopharmaceutical company dedicated to one simple mission – to protect life. EBS develops manufactures and commercializes vaccines and therapeutics that assist the body\’s immune system to prevent or treat disease. Their products target infectious diseases and other medical conditions that have resulted in significant unmet or underserved public health needs. Their marketed product BioThrax? (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed) is the only vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of anthrax infection. Emergent BioSolutions Inc. has a market cap of $511.8 million; its shares were traded at around $16.91 with a P/E ratio of 13.1 and P/S ratio of 2.8.

Emergent BioSolutions Inc., (EBS)

Q2 2009 Earnings Call

August 6, 2009 5:00 pm ET

Executives

Robert G. Burrows – Vice President, Investor Relations

Fuad El-Hibri – Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

R. Don Elsey – Chief Financial Officer

Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi – President, Chief Operating Officer

W. James Jackson, Ph.D. – Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer

Analysts

Eric Schmidt – Cowen & Company

David Moskowitz – Caris & Company

Mona Ashiya – J.P. Morgan

Sean Long – Kennedy Capital Management

Presentation

Operator

Welcome to the Emergent BioSolutions Incorporated second quarter 2009 financial results conference call. (Operator Instructions) I would now like to turn the call over to Mr. Robert Burrows.

Robert Burrows

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. My name is Robert Burrows, Vice President of Investor Relations for Emergent. Thank you for joining us today as we discuss Emergent BioSolutions financial results for the second quarter and first six months of 2009. As is customary, our call today is open to all participants. In addition, the call is being recorded and is copyrighted by Emergent BioSolutions.

Joining me on the call this afternoon will be Fuad El-Hibri, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Don Elsey, Chief Financial Officer. Additional members of our senior management team will be present on the call for purposes of the Q&A session.

Before we begin, however, I am compelled to remind everyone that during the all management may make projections and other forward-looking statements regarding future events and the company’s prospects or future performance. These forward-looking statements reflect Emergent’s current perspective on existing trends and information. Any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements.

You are encouraged to review Emergent’s filings with the SEC on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-K for more information on the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ.

For the benefit of those who may be listening to the replay, this call is held and recorded on August 6, 2009. Since then Emergent may have made announcements relating to topics discussed during today’s call, so again, please reference our most recent press releases and SEC filings.

Emergent BioSolutions assumes no obligation to update the information in today’s press release or as presented on this call except as maybe required by applicable laws or regulations. Today’s press release may be found on our website at www.emergentbiosolutions.com under Investors/Press Release.

With that brief introduction, I would now like to turn the call over to Fuad El-Hibri, Emergent’s Chairman and CEO.

Fuad El-Hibri

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. We appreciate your participation on this call. Today, we announced two important items. First, we reported financial results for the second quarter and first 6 months of 2009. Let me tell you that I’m very pleased with Emergent’s overall performance year to date. We have delivered strong sales and earnings results while we continue to invest in our product pipeline. We remain on the path to achieving our financial and product development goals for the year.

Second, we announced a series of real estate transactions that expand our manufacturing and development infrastructure. In addition the strategic implication, these transactions should reduce our total debt and annual interest and operating expenses. In addition, I would like to provide a brief update on selected aspects of our business.

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Mr. Fuad El-Hibri is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (Emergent)

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Fuad El-Hibri has served as chief executive officer and as chairman of our board of directors since June 2004 and as president since March 2006. Mr. El-Hibri served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors of BioPort Corporation from May 1998 until June 2004, when, as a result of our corporate reorganization, BioPort became a wholly owned subsidiary of Emergent. We subsequently renamed BioPort as Emergent BioDefense Operations Lansing Inc. Mr. El-Hibri served as chairman of Digicel Holdings, Ltd., a privately held telecommunications firm, from August 2000 to October 2006. He served as president of Digicel from August 2000 to February 2005. Mr. El-Hibri has served as chairman of East West Resources Corporation, a venture capital and financial consulting firm, since June 1990. He served as president of East West Resources from September 1990 to January 2004. Mr. El-Hibri is a member of the board of trustees of American University and a member of the board of directors of the International Biomedical Research Alliance, an academic joint venture among the NIH, Oxford University and Cambridge University. He also serves as chairman and treasurer of El-Hibri Charitable Foundation. Mr. El-Hibri received a master’s degree in public and private management from Yale University and a B.A. in economics from Stanford University.