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Alexza Pharmaceuticals Announces Upcoming Conference Participation and Webcasts

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALXA) today announced that company President and CEO Thomas B. King will present at the following investor conferences in November and December:

Lazard Capital Markets 5th Annual Healthcare Conference

The St. Regis Hotel

2 East 55th Street, New York

Presentation: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 5:10 p.m. ET

20th Annual Piper Jaffray Health Care Conference

The New York Palace Hotel

455 Madison Avenue, New York

Presentation: Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. ET

RBC Capital Markets 2008 Healthcare Conference

The Westin Times Square Hotel

270 West 43rd Street, New York

Presentation: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. ET

A live webcast of each presentation can be accessed via the Investor Relations section of the Alexza website, at A replay of each webcast will be available on the website approximately 24 hours after the live presentation and will be archived for 14 days.

About Alexza Pharmaceuticals

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(R) 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 with greater ease, patient comfort and convenience.

Alexza has five product candidates in clinical development. Alexza's lead program, AZ-004 (Staccato loxapine) for the treatment of acute agitation in schizophrenic or bipolar disorder patients, has completed one Phase 3 clinical trial and enrolled a second Phase 3 trial. The Company has completed its end-of-Phase 2 meeting with the FDA for AZ-001 (Staccato prochlorperazine), which is intended for the acute treatment of migraine headache, and it has advanced AZ-104 (Staccato loxapine) to Phase 2 testing. Product candidates that have completed Phase 1 testing are AZ-003 (Staccato fentanyl) for the treatment of breakthrough pain, which is partnered with Endo Pharmaceuticals in North America, and AZ-007 (Staccato zaleplon) for the treatment of insomnia. In addition, AZ-002 (Staccato alprazolam) has completed a Phase 2a proof-of-concept clinical trial for the treatment of panic attacks -- an indication the Company is not planning to pursue -- and is being assessed for other possible indications and renewed clinical development. More information, including this and past press releases from Alexza, is available online at

Safe Harbor Statement

The anticipated presentations will contain forward-looking statements that involve significant risks and uncertainties. Any statement describing the Company's expectations or beliefs is a forward-looking statement, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and should be considered an at-risk statement. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, particularly those inherent in the process of developing and commercializing drugs. The Company's forward-looking statements also involve assumptions that, if they prove incorrect, would cause its results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These and other risks concerning Alexza's business are described in additional detail in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, and the Company's other Periodic and Current Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are made as of this date, and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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