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Cipher Pharmaceuticals Announces Results of Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders and Thanks Director Dr. John Mull

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MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 22, 2022 /CNW/ - Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX: CPH) ("Cipher" or the "Company") today announced that it held its annual and special meeting of shareholders earlier today and that all matters put forward before shareholders for consideration and approval as set out in the Company's management information circular dated May 13, 2022 were approved by the requisite majority of votes cast at the meeting. In particular, shareholders approved the election of all director nominees, the re-approval of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company's auditors and approving the unallocated shares, rights and other entitlements under the Company's share purchase plan. A total of 14.2 million shares, representing 55.9% of the total shares outstanding were represented in person or by proxy at the meeting. The Board of Directors (the "Board") of the Company is now comprised as follows:


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Craig Mull



Harold Wolkin



Christian Godin



Arthur Deboeck



Cathy Steiner



Company founder and long-standing director Dr. John Mull decided not to stand for re-election to the Company's Board.

Craig Mull, Interim CEO commented, "As the founder and former CEO of Cipher, Dr. Mull has been instrumental in the growth of the Company. During his tenure, Dr. Mull helped develop, and played a critical role obtaining FDA and Health Canada approval for three products, including the Cipher's isotrentinoin portfolio.  Under his stewardship, Cipher developed some of the leading acne products in North America. Dr. Mull also played a key role helping to capitalize the Company, which set it on the path for success. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank him for his years of service and wish him well with his real estate development business and other future endeavours."

"It has been extremely rewarding to witness and be a part of the evolution of Cipher since it was spun out of CML Healthcare in 2004. Today, the Company has a stable foundation with solid distribution and supply agreements in place in addition to a disciplined cost structure – positioning it well to continue to accelerate growth and drive shareholder value. As a continuing significant shareholder of the Company, I look forward to monitoring the Company's future development." noted Dr. John Mull.

Final voting results of all matters voted on at the meeting will be made available on SEDAR at

About Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Cipher Pharmaceuticals (TSX: CPH) is a specialty pharmaceutical company with a robust and diversified portfolio of commercial and early to late-stage products. Cipher acquires products that fulfill unmet medical needs, manages the required clinical development and regulatory approval process, and currently markets those products either directly in Canada or indirectly through partners in Canada, the U.S., and South America. For more information, visit

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We caution that the foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When reviewing our forward-looking statements, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Additional information about factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations, and about material factors or assumptions applied in making forward-looking statements, may be found in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2021, and elsewhere in our filings with Canadian securities regulators. Except as required by Canadian securities law, we do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf; such statements speak only as of the date made. The forward-looking statements included herein are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary language.

SOURCE Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.


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