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deCODE Sells Auction Rate Securities
Date:1/20/2009

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- deCODE genetics (Nasdaq: DCGN) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with NBI, an Icelandic financial institution, pursuant to which NBI has purchased deCODE's auction rate securities for an aggregate price of $11 million. Pursuant to the agreement, deCODE has the call option to require NBI to sell the securities back to the company at any time prior to December 31, 2009. NBI has the put option to require deCODE to repurchase the securities following the sale of certain other deCODE assets, or if not previously repurchased, on December 31, 2009.

deCODE is continuing its policy of reducing expenses while completing the evaluation of its strategic alternatives, including corporate partnerships and the sale of assets. deCODE believes that the proceeds from the sale of the auction rate securities will be sufficient to sustain operations into the second quarter, enabling the company to complete its strategic review and to pursue the best opportunities emerging from this process without seeking additional financing.

About deCODE

deCODE is a bio-pharmaceutical company developing drugs and DNA-based tests to improve the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of common diseases. Its lead therapeutic programs, which leverage the company's expertise in chemistry and structural biology, include DG041, an antiplatelet compound being developed for the prevention of arterial thrombosis; DG051 and DG031, compounds targeting the leukotriene pathway for the prevention of heart attack; and DG071 and a platform for other PDE4 modulators with therapeutic applications in Alzheimer's disease and other conditions. deCODE is a global leader in human genetics, and has identified key variations in the genome (SNPs) conferring increased risk of major public health challenges f
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