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Arena Pharmaceuticals Obtains Equity Financing Commitment of Up to $50 Million
Date:3/23/2009

SAN DIEGO, March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARNA) announced today it has obtained an equity financing commitment of up to $50 million from Azimuth Opportunity Ltd. During the 18-month term of the equity financing commitment, Arena may sell newly issued registered shares of its common stock to Azimuth Opportunity Ltd. at a pre-negotiated discount to the market price. Arena will determine, at its sole discretion, the timing and amount of any sales of its stock, subject to certain conditions. In no event may Arena sell more than 14,838,891 shares of its common stock under this arrangement with Azimuth Opportunity Ltd., which represents one share less than twenty percent of Arena's currently outstanding shares.

About Arena Pharmaceuticals

Arena is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing oral drugs in four major therapeutic areas: cardiovascular, central nervous system, inflammatory and metabolic diseases. Arena's most advanced drug candidate, lorcaserin, is being investigated in a Phase 3 clinical trial program for the treatment of obesity. Arena's broad pipeline of novel compounds target G protein-coupled receptors, an important class of validated drug targets, and includes compounds being evaluated independently and with partners, including Merck & Co., Inc., and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Arena Pharmaceuticals(R) and Arena(R) are registered service marks of the company. "APD" is an abbreviation for Arena Pharmaceuticals Development.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include statements about Arena's financing plans, strategy, internal and partnered programs, and ability to develop compounds and commercialize drugs. For such statements, Arena claims the protection of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual events or results may differ materially from Arena's expectations. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, clinical trials and studies may not proceed at the time or in the manner Arena expects or at all, the results of clinical trials or preclinical studies may not be predictive of future results, Arena's ability to receive regulatory approval for its drug candidates, Arena's ability to partner lorcaserin or other of its compounds or programs, the timing, success and cost of Arena's research, out-licensing endeavors and clinical trials, Arena's ability to obtain additional financing, Arena's ability to obtain and defend its patents and the timing and receipt of payments and fees, if any, from Arena's collaborators. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by Arena's forward-looking statements are disclosed in Arena's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements represent Arena's judgment as of the time of this release. Arena disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements, other than as may be required under applicable law.

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               President and CEO                           WeissComm Partners
                                                           Media Relations
               David Walsey                                212.301.7228
               Senior Director, Corporate Communications

               Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
               858.453.7200, ext. 1682


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