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Date:3/17/2008

nds in a glucose tolerance test in mice. In Q4 2006, MTI implemented a chemical design and synthesis program which led to the submission of a patent application in February 2008 claiming two novel lead series of AMPK activators.

MTI is an early stage drug discovery company focusing on the development of small molecule candidates against a number of selected protein kinase drug targets in metabolic diseases and oncology. MTI's main focus is on the discovery and development of orally active small molecule activators of AMPK, a well-validated though largely unexploited, protein kinase drug target in metabolic disease. While a number of anti-diabetic drugs currently on the market, including metformin (Glucophage(R)) and pioglitazone (Actos(R)), act indirectly to activate AMPK, MTI is seeking to develop the first orally available direct AMPK activator. The potential indications of a successful AMPK targeted drug include Type-2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, obesity, metabolic syndrome and endocrine cancers.

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Mercury Therapeutics Inc.

Neil C Birnberg, Ph.D, President & CEO Tel: + 1-781-932-1125

birnberg@mtipharm.com http://www.mtipharm.com


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