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Biotechnology Value Fund Delivers Letter to Board of Directors of Avigen, Inc.
Date:12/11/2008

Urges Board to Take Immediate Action to Protect and Maximize Shareholder Value

CHICAGO, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Biotechnology Value Fund, L.P., the owner, together with its affiliates, of nearly 29% of the outstanding shares of common stock of Avigen, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVGN) announced today that it had delivered a letter to Avigen's Board of Directors expressing its displeasure with Avigen's recent performance and continued destruction of shareholder value.

The text of the letter from Biotechnology Value Fund to the Board of Directors of Avigen follows:

December11,2008

BoardofDirectors

Avigen,Inc.

1301HarborBayParkway

Alameda,California94502

Members of the Board:

As you know, Biotechnology Value Fund, L.P., together with its affiliates, is the largest shareholder of Avigen, Inc. ("Avigen" or the "Company"), holding an ownership stake of approximately 29% of Avigen's outstanding common stock. We first became investors in Avigen in 2004 and have provided capital directly to the Company. We are writing to express our frustration with recent developments at Avigen, particularly with what we perceive to be this Board's self-serving actions and disregard of shareholder interests.

Since January 1, 2004, Avigen's stock price has fallen more than 90% and the Company has accumulated a deficit of more than $110 million. Presently, Avigen's stock trades at less than 1/3 of its net per share cash value, indicative of the investment community's conviction that Avigen's Board will destroy its remaining value. We have repeatedly reached out to the Company and have offered to work collaboratively to maximize shareholder value. The Company r
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SOURCE Biotechnology Value Fund, L.P.
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