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Human Genome Sciences Announces First Quarter 2008 Financial Results and Key Developments
Date:5/5/2008

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Syncria(R) Also Progressing Well

Syncria (albiglutide) is a novel long-acting form of GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide 1) created by HGS using its proprietary albumin-fusion technology, and licensed to GSK in 2004. Syncria is generated from the genetic fusion of human albumin and GLP-1, a peptide hormone that acts throughout the body to help maintain normal blood-sugar levels and to control appetite. GSK is developing Syncria as a treatment for type 2 diabetes mellitus, and initiated a randomized Phase 2b dose-ranging clinical trial of Syncria in May 2007 in patients with type 2 diabetes. As a comparison, one group of patients is receiving Byetta (exenatide).

HGS is entitled to fees and milestone payments, some of which have already been received, that could amount to as much as $183 million, in addition to single-digit royalties on worldwide sales if Syncria is commercialized. HGS believes it is possible that GSK will reach a decision in 2008 regarding whether to advance Syncria to Phase 3 development.

CONFERENCE CALL

HGS management will hold a conference call to discuss this announcement today at 5 PM Eastern time. Investors may listen to the call by dialing 888-684-1277 or 913-312-1467, passcode 5043586, five to 10 minutes before the start of the call. A replay of the conference call will be available within a few hours after the call ends. Investors may listen to the replay by dialing 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820, confirmation code 5043586. Today's conference call also will be webcast and can be accessed at http://www.hgsi.com. Investors interested in listening to the live webcast should log on before the conference call begins to download any software required. Both the audio replay and the archive of the conference call webcast will remain available for several days.

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