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ARIUS sale approved by shareholders
Date:9/18/2008

TORONTO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - ARIUS Research Inc., (TSX: ARI), a biotechnology company discovering and developing the next wave of antibody therapeutics, today announced that ARIUS Research Inc. shareholders and warrant holders approved the proposed plan of arrangement involving the Company and Roche.

At a special meeting held in Toronto on September 16, 2008, ARIUS shareholders and warrant holders approved the transaction, with 99.99% of Common Shareholders and Class F Warrant holders, voting as a class, and 100% of Class G Warrant holders, represented in person or by proxy, voting in favor of the transaction. The completion of the transaction will result in Common Shareholders receiving $2.44 per Common Share, holders of Class F Warrants receiving $1.44 per Class F Warrant, and holders of Class G Warrants receiving $1.78 per Class G Warrant. The transaction is subject to final Court approval on September 19, 2008, and is expected to close shortly after obtaining Court approval and upon the satisfaction of certain closing conditions.

About ARIUS

ARIUS is a biotechnology company discovering and developing the next wave of antibody therapeutics. Established in 1999, ARIUS has built a proprietary technology platform, FunctionFIRST(TM), that rapidly identifies and selects antibodies based on their functional ability to affect disease. This antibody generation engine has enabled ARIUS to assemble a portfolio of more than 500 antibody candidates. In addition to the antibodies it is developing in-house, ARIUS has ongoing partnerships with key biotechnology and drug development companies. ARIUS is listed on the TSX under the symbol "ARI". For further information, visit http://www.ariusmabs.com

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