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Anthera Presents Data on Varespladib at ATVB Meeting
Date:4/17/2008

SAN MATEO, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company developing anti-inflammatory drugs, announced today that Anthera scientists and collaborators have released data from the Varespladib (A-002) clinical and pre-clinical programs at the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (ATVB) Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, held on April 16-18, 2008. Anthera has completed Phase II trials in Varespladib for the treatment of coronary heart disease.
Posters include:

-- Effects of a Selective Secretory Phospholipase A2 Inhibitor on

Low-Density Lipoproteins in CHD Patients with Diabetes.

-- The Synergistic Inhibition of Atherogenesis in ApoE-/- Mice Between

Pravastatin and the sPLA2 Inhibitor Varespladib (A-002).

"We are pleased to see the synergistic effect of Varespladib with statins on plaque reduction, composition and stability in a well established model of atherosclerosis," said Joaquim Trias, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Preclinical Development at Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

"Along with the Phase II PLASMA data presented at ACC earlier this year, today's announcement gives us added confidence as we move the Varespladib clinical program forward," said Dr. James E. Pennington, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "These findings further support our clinical development program as we begin Phase III clinical trials in patients with acute coronary syndromes where inflammation, atherosclerosis and cholesterol levels are highly correlated with outcomes."

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 diseases and autoimmune disorders. The Company has acquired from Eli Lilly and Company and Shion
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