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Michael J. Simms Joins Alexza Pharmaceuticals as Senior Vice President, Operations and Manufacturing
Date:2/27/2008

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALXA) announced today that Michael J. Simms has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Operations and Manufacturing. Mr. Simms was most recently Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Operations at Nektar Therapeutics. Mr. Simms held the roles of Senior Vice President for PowderJect Pharmaceuticals and Vice President, Device Development and Manufacturing from 1998 - 2002. Mr. Simms holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

"We are very pleased to welcome Mike to Alexza and our Executive Team," said Thomas B. King, Alexza President and CEO. "We enter 2008 with a focus on the many late-stage development activities leading to a planned NDA submission for AZ-004 (Staccato(R) loxapine) in the next several years. Commercial scale manufacturing scale-up and global supply chain management will be important to our longer-term success. Mike brings a wealth of operations and manufacturing experience and expertise to Alexza. We look forward to his contributions to our future growth and development."

About Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Alexza Pharmaceuticals is an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel, proprietary products for the treatment of acute and intermittent conditions. The Company's technology, the Staccato system, vaporizes unformulated drug to form a condensation aerosol that allows rapid systemic drug delivery through deep lung inhalation. The drug is quickly absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream, providing speed of therapeutic onset that is comparable to intravenous administration, but
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