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Anthera Pharmaceuticals Forms Scientific Advisory Board
Date:2/5/2008

at Amgen.

About AMG 623

AMG 623, which has completed Phase 1b studies in SLE patients, is a peptide fusion protein that binds to B-cell activating factor (BAFF). Anthera anticipates initiating Phase 2 studies in 2008. BAFF, a tumor necrosis factor family member, is critical for the survival and maturation of B cells. AMG 623 is a potent BAFF antagonist that is being developed as a treatment for B-cell dependent autoimmune diseases and is initially targeted for SLE.

About Anthera Pharmaceuticals

Anthera Pharmaceuticals is a privately-held company committed to developing and commercializing clinical pharmaceutical products that address unmet medical needs of patients with life-threatening, chronic and acute inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The Company has acquired from Eli Lilly and Company and Shionogi & Co. Ltd. worldwide rights (excluding Japan) to a series of clinical and pre-clinical compounds that inhibit the enzymatic activity of members of the phospholipase A2 (PLA2) family -- a group of enzymes responsible for the release of arachidonic acid and subsequent production of leukotrienes prostacyclins and other mediators of inflammation. These highly potent compounds inhibit novel upstream steps in the inflammation cascade and have the potential to address a variety of diseases. The company has also acquired exclusive and worldwide rights to a peptide fusion protein, A-623, for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune diseases from Amgen. For more information, please visit http://www.anthera.com.

Investor and Media Contact:

Anne Bowdidge

(650) 218-6900

pr@anthera.com


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