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Alexza to Present at the MDB Bright Lights Conference 2011

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALXA) today announced that company Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, August J. Moretti will present during the MDB Bright Lights Conference 2011.  The Alexza presentation will be on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  The presentation will be webcast live from New York, NY.

To access the presentation via the Web, please go to the Investor Relations tab at or at  A replay of the webcast will be made available approximately 24 hours after the live presentation and the replay will be archived for 90 days.

Additional information about the MDB Bright Lights Conference 2011 may be found at:

About Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Alexza is a pharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel, proprietary products for the acute treatment of central nervous system conditions.  Alexza's technology, the Staccato® system, vaporizes unformulated drug to form a condensation aerosol that, when inhaled, allows for 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. (Click here to see an animation of how the Staccato system works.)

AZ-004 (Staccato loxapine) is Alexza's lead program, which is being developed for the rapid treatment of agitation in schizophrenic or bipolar disorder patients.  Alexza has completed and announced positive results from both of its AZ-004 Phase 3 clinical trials and submitted the AZ-004 NDA in December 2009.  In October 2010, the Company received a Complete Response Letter, or CRL, from the FDA, regarding its NDA for AZ-004.  A CRL is issued by FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research indicating that the NDA review cycle is complete and the application is not ready for approval in its present form.  The Company completed an end-of-review meeting with the FDA in late December 2010.

The Company believes it has a clear understanding of the issues outlined in the CRL, is developing and executing a plan to address these issues, and currently projects a resubmission of the AZ-004 NDA in July 2011.

For more information about Alexza, the Staccato technology or the Company's development programs, please visit

Safe Harbor Statement

The anticipated presentation 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, including the adequacy of the Company's capital to support the Company's current operations, the potential of the Company's planned AZ-004 NDA resubmission to adequately address the issues in the CRL, the eventual prospects that AZ-004 will be approved for marketing and the timing of the Company's resubmission of the AZ-004 NDA to the FDA.  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, 2010, 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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