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Ash Stevens Honored for Environmental Safety Efforts

Receives National Performance Improvement Honor from SOCMA

Detroit, Michigan – December 8, 2010 – Ash Stevens, Inc. (ASI), a global leader in small molecule drug development and manufacturing, announced that it has received two Silver Awards for the successful continuation of its environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) program sponsored by ChemStewards®, an initiative of The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA). The award, presented annually by SOCMA, recognized ASI's Riverview, Michigan facility for implementing a program that successfully reduces the environmental footprint of companies that handle and manufacture chemicals as well as ensures compliance with all current environmental health and safety regulations and the highest standard of EHS&S operation.

"This is the second consecutive year our plant in Riverview has been honored by SOCMA," said Ash Stevens President and CEO Dr. Stephen A. Munk, who accepted the award at the annual SOCMA dinner in New York City on December 6. "It is tremendously gratifying to have our commitment to the highest possible standards of environmental safety be honored by an organization whose primary purpose is to encourage such programs."

SOCMA is the only U.S.-based trade association dedicated solely to the batch chemical industry.

"Ash Stevens' hard work on their comprehensive environmental, health, safety and security program shows their commitment to constant improvement and to contributing to the quality of life in their community. SOCMA commends them on their Silver Award honors and encourages Ash Stevens to continue these efforts through the ChemStewards performance improvement program," said SOCMA President Lawrence D. Sloan.

About Ash Stevens, Inc.
Ash Stevens, Inc. (ASI) is a full service Contract Pharmaceutical Manufacturer offering comprehensive small-molecule drug substance development and cGMP manufacturing services. Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, ASI has extensive experience developing and manufacturing Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) for commercial clients in the Life Sciences industry developing innovator small-molecule therapeutics. ASI is a longtime provider of contract research services to the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute and has worked on many of the drugs developed through these government agencies. To date, ASI has received eleven FDA manufacturing approvals for innovator APIs, including Four Fast-Track manufacturing approvals for the active ingredients in the oncology drugs Velcade®, Vidaza®, and Clolar®. Services offered by Ash Stevens include: process development and scale-up; cGMP manufacturing; the development and cGMP manufacture of highly potent APIs using barrier-isolation technology; comprehensive analytical capabilities (including method development, stability studies and qualification of reference standards); and regulatory support for all phases of drug development and manufacturing. For more information, visit www.ashstevens.com.

About SOCMA
SOCMA is the only U.S. based trade association dedicated solely to the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry. Since 1921, we have represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies, making us the leading authority on this sector. SOCMA has a global membership of more than 200 companies. For more information on our services and products, please visit www.socma.com.

About ChemStewards®
ChemStewards® is SOCMA's flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program. ChemStewards® was created from industry's commitment to reducing our environmental footprint. Industry created ChemStewards® to meet the unique needs of the batch, custom, and specialty chemical industry. As a mandatory requirement for SOCMA members engaged in the manufacturing or handling of chemicals, ChemStewards® is helping participants reach for superior EHS&S performance. To learn more visit www.chemstewards.com.

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