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Vista Partners Updates Coverage on Arana Therapeutics (ASX: AAH; AIM: AAHx), Raises Target Price to AU$1.65
Date:10/13/2008

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Vista Partners announced today that it has updated coverage on leading Australian biotechnology company Arana Therapeutics, (ASX: AAH; AIM: AAHx) and raised its target price to AU$1.65. "In our opinion, Arana differentiates itself from many competitors in the biotech space due to a strong cash position, a lucrative recurring revenue stream from IP licenses and a strong internal portfolio of products and proprietary technology platform. We strongly believe that Arana's current product pipeline has significant partnership potential and is bound to attract attention from large pharmaceutical companies. Over the past few years there has been a high level of interest from the large pharmaceutical companies in the human antibody sector, an area where Arana is a leader," said Ross Silver, Director of Research for Vista Partners. For more information and to download the free report, please visit the Vista Partners website at http://www.vistap.com and click on the "download research" icon located in the top right hand corner of the website.

About Vista Partners:

Vista Partners provides independent, equity research to institutional and individual investors, with a focus on publicly traded small capitalization companies. With offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Vista Partners is one of the fastest growing independently owned equity research firms. Vista Partners professional staff have backgrounds in finance, corporate communications and investment banking. More information is available at http://www.vistap.com.

About Arana Therapeutics:

Arana Therapeutics (ASX: AAH) is an international biopharmaceutical company formed through the merger of Peptech and EvoGenix in August 2007. The company uses superior technology to develop next generation drugs that will improve the lives of patients with inflammatory diseases and cancer.

Arana Therapeutics' innovative engineering technologies provide the basis for clinical development in the antibody space, a market which draws on high demand. Arana Therapeutics has the financial stability and management expertise to accelerate its clinical programs, and is on track to have at least 3 clinical stage assets within three years.

The pipeline consists of four lead drug programs: ART621 to treat severe rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases; ART010 to treat osteoporosis and bone cancer; ART104 to treat solid tumours in colorectal cancer; and ART150 for lung cancer and melanoma. Additionally the company has earlier stage products in development for the treatment of a range of conditions including age related macular degeneration, psoriasis, colorectal cancer, and leukaemia.

Arana has recurring revenues from commercial and development partnerships with six international companies including GSK, CSL, Centocor (J&J) and Abbott Laboratories. For further information: http://www.arana.com.

Contact:

Vista Partners LLC

Jorden Lampos

(310) 744-5268

info@vistap.com

http://www.vistap.com


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