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Harwood Feffer LLP Announces Investigation of Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

12:07 EDT Wednesday, April 11, 2012

NEW YORK, April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Harwood Feffer LLP ( is investigating potential claims against the board of directors of Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Optimer" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: OPTR), concerning whether the board has breached its fiduciary duties to shareholders.

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On April 9, 2012, Optimer fired its Chairman, CFO, and a vice president due to a failure of corporate governance practices in connection with a Taiwanese affiliate of the Company. One of the Company's founders, Michael Chang, was terminated after he failed to properly manage record keeping and conflict of interest issues related to a grant of 1.5 million shares he received from the Taiwanese affiliate. The two terminated officers failed to follow procedures upon learning of the grant. On this news, shares of Optimer fell nearly 20% over two days to a midday low of $11.91 on April 10, 2012. Optimer claims to be cooperating with the relevant U.S. authorities as they review the matter.

Our investigation concerns whether the Optimer board of directors has breached its fiduciary duties to shareholders, grossly mismanaged the Company, and/or committed abuses of control in connection with the foregoing.

If you own Optimer shares and wish to discuss this matter with us, or have any questions concerning your rights and interests with regard to this matter, please contact:

Robert I. Harwood, Esq.

Benjamin Sachs-Michaels

Harwood Feffer LLP

488 Madison Avenue

New York, New York 10022

Phone Numbers:

(877) 935-7400

(212) 935-7400



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