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Biodel Awarded $1.2 Million in Therapeutic Discovery Research Grants From IRS

DANBURY, Conn., Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Biodel Inc. (Nasdaq: BIOD) announced today that it has been awarded $1.2 million in research grants under the Internal Revenue Service's therapeutic discovery tax credit program.  This program was created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 to provide tax credits or grants representing up to 50 percent of eligible qualified investments in therapeutic discovery projects during tax years 2009 and 2010.  Biodel applied for and is receiving these funds to support the company's Linjeta™, VIAtab™, smart basal, glucagon and improved glargine development projects.  

"We are gratified to receive this award in recognition of our efforts to develop novel therapies to treat diabetes," said Dr. Errol De Souza, President and CEO of Biodel.  "These funds will be used to continue our five most promising development projects."

About Biodel Inc.

Biodel Inc. is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative treatments for diabetes.  Biodel's product candidates are developed using VIAdel™ technology, which reformulates existing FDA-approved peptide drugs. Linjeta™ is Biodel's most advanced product candidate and has been reviewed by the FDA which issued a complete response letter.  Earlier-stage product candidates include VIAtab™, a sublingual tablet formulation of insulin, a line of basal insulins, and a stabilized formulation of glucagon.  For further information regarding Biodel, please visit the company's website at

Safe-Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include statements about future activities related to the complete response letter regarding the company's new drug application for Linjeta™; the company's response to the complete response letter; the importance of the complete response letter; and the company's focus, goals, strategy, research and development programs, and ability to develop and commercialize product candidates.  Forward-looking statements represent our management's judgment regarding future events. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, future clinical trial results, future financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements.  The words "anticipates," "believes," "could," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "plans," "potential," "predicts," "projects," "should," "will," "would" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words.  The company's forward-looking statements are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those described or implied in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, our ability to respond to the complete response letter regarding our new drug application for Linjeta™ in a timely manner and the possibility that information we provide in response to the letter may not be accepted by the FDA; our ability to secure FDA approval for Linjeta™ and our other product candidates under Section 505(b)(2) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; our ability to market, commercialize and achieve market acceptance for product candidates developed using our VIAdel™ technology; the progress or success of our research, development and clinical programs and the initiation and completion of our clinical trials; the FDA's findings regarding data anomalies observed in India in our Phase 3 clinical trial of Linjeta™ for patients with Type 1 diabetes; the possibility that patients taking Linjeta™ may experience more injection site discomfort than they experience with competing products; unexpected data that may result from our clinical trials and our research and development activities; our ability to protect our intellectual property and operate our business without infringing upon the intellectual property rights of others; our estimates of future performance; our ability to enter into collaboration arrangements for the commercialization of our product candidates and the success or failure of those collaborations after consummation, if consummated; the rate and degree of market acceptance and clinical utility of our products; our commercialization, marketing and manufacturing capabilities and strategy; our estimates regarding anticipated operating losses, future revenues, capital requirements and our needs for additional financing; and other factors identified in our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2010. The company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of events occurring after the date of this press release.


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