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Open Orphan PLC Exercise of Share Options

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Open Orphan PLC

30 October 2020

30 October 2020

Open Orphan plc

("Open Orphan" or the "Company")

Exercise of Share Options

Open Orphan plc (ORPH), a rapidly growing specialist CRO pharmaceutical services company which is the world leader in the testing of vaccines and antivirals using human challenge clinical trials announces that following the exercise of share options by a former hVIVO employee, application has been made to AIM for the admission of 2,099,500 new ordinary shares of 0.1 pence each (the "New Ordinary Shares"). Admission to trading on AIM of the New Ordinary Shares ("Admission"), which will rank pari passu in all respects with the Company's existing shares in issue, is expected to occur on the 4(th) of November 2020.

Following Admission, the total number of ordinary shares with voting rights in issue will be 667,979,196 and this figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the Financial Conduct Authority's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

For further information please contact

 
 Open Orphan plc                                  +353 (0)1 644 0007 
 Cathal Friel, Executive Chairman 
 
 Arden Partners plc (Nominated Adviser and        +44 (0)20 7614 
  Joint Broker)                                    5900 
 John Llewellyn-Lloyd / Benjamin Cryer / 
  Dan Gee-Summons 
 
                                                  +44 (0) 20 7220 
 finnCap plc (Joint Broker)                        500 
 Geoff Nash / James Thompson/ Richard Chambers 
 
 Davy (Euronext Growth Adviser and Joint 
  Broker)                                         +353 (0)1 679 6363 
 Anthony Farrell 
 
                                                  +44 (0)20 3757 
 Camarco (Financial PR)                            4980 
 Tom Huddart / Hugo Liddy 
 

Notes to Editors - Open Orphan:

Open Orphan is a rapidly growing niche CRO pharmaceutical services company which is the world leader in the testing of vaccines and antivirals through the use of human challenge clinical trials. Conducted from Europe's only 24-bedroom quarantine clinic with onsite virology providing individually isolated rooms and connected to our specialist laboratory facility. hVIVO's challenge studies require healthy volunteers to take part, volunteers are recruited through FluCamp, learn more at www.FluCamp.com . The hVIVO facility offers highly specialised virology and immunology laboratory services to support pre-clinical and clinical respiratory drug, antiviral, and vaccine discovery and development. Reliable laboratory analysis underpinned by scientific expertise is essential when processing and analysing clinical samples. Robust quality processes support our team of scientists in the delivery of submission ready data.

The Company has a leading portfolio of 8 viral challenge study models which are: 2 FLU, 2 RSV, 1 HRV, 1 Asthma, 1 cough and 1 COPD viral challenge models. As announced in early March, Open Orphan is rapidly advancing a number of Coronavirus challenge study models and expects to be helping many COVID-19 vaccine development companies to test their vaccines. No other company in the world has such a portfolio, with only two competitors globally having 1 challenge study model each. hVIVO also works with companies in the UK and Ireland to provide COVID-19 testing to staff to protect staff and customers from a workplace COVID-19 outbreak through its COVID Clear offering.

Open Orphan comprises of two commercial specialist CRO services businesses, hVIVO and Venn Life Sciences and is also building out a valuable data platform business. hVIVO has built up one of the world's largest databases of infectious disease progression data and we are populating our Open Orphan Health Data platform with this historical hVIVO data. In our clinical trials going forward, we are also planning to collect data on volunteer's via wearables during clinical trials. Therefore, Open Orphan's data, which may yield valuable digital biomarkers, could be one of the more sought-after datasets by many of the large wearables /smart watch wearables providers around the world. In June 2019, Open Orphan acquired AIM-listed Venn Life Sciences Holdings plc in a reverse take-over and in January 2020 it completed the merger with hVIVO plc in January 2020. Venn is an integrated drug development consultancy firm which offers CMC (chemistry, manufacturing and controls), preclinical, Phase I & II clinical trials design and execution. The merger with hVIVO created a European full pharma services company broadening the Company's customer base and with complementary specialist CRO services, widened the range of the Company's service offerings.

If you are interested in being contacted and provided with details about future COVID-19 human challenge study research, please leave your contact details at www.UKCovidChallenge.com .

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