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BVF Acquisition LLC, a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of Biotechnology Value Fund, L.P., Commences Tender Offer for Any and All Outstanding Shares of Avigen at $1.00 Per Share
Date:1/23/2009

oth the announcement of this tender offer and the announcement that BVF was seeking to remove all incumbent Avigen directors and to elect the BVF Nominees, or (ii) maintaining their investment in Avigen and participating in the proposed merger with MediciNova, Inc., if it occurs.

The tender offer is conditioned upon, among other things, (i) the BVF Nominees being elected to Avigen's board of directors at a special meeting of stockholders called for that purpose, or otherwise appointed, and constituting a majority of directors on Avigen's board, (ii) the Avigen board redeeming the poison pill rights issued and outstanding under Avigen's Poison Pill Rights Plan, or the Purchaser being satisfied in its reasonable discretion that the Poison Pill Rights are otherwise inapplicable to this tender offer, the Purchaser or any affiliate or associate of the Purchaser and (iii) Avigen not having authorized, recommended, proposed, announced its intent to enter into or entered into an agreement with respect to or effected any merger, consolidation, liquidation, dissolution, business combination, acquisition of assets, disposition of assets, alternative strategy or relinquishment of any material contract or other right of Avigen or any comparable event or capital depleting transaction not in the ordinary course of business. The tender offer is not subject to any financing condition.

MacKenzie Partners, Inc. is the Information Agent for the tender offer and any questions or requests for the Offer to Purchase and related materials with respect to the tender offer may be directed to MacKenzie Partners, Inc.

THIS PRESS RELEASE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT AN OFFER TO BUY OR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO SELL ANY SHARES. THE SOLICITATION AND THE OFFER TO BUY AVIGEN' COMMON STOCK IS ONLY BEING MADE PURSUANT TO AN OFFER TO PURCHASE AND RELATED MATERIALS THAT THE PURCHASER WILL FILE WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE C
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