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CuraGen Reports Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results and Clinical Progress of CR011-vcMMAE

- Results from Phase II Melanoma Trial Expected in the Fourth Quarter -

BRANFORD, Conn., July 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CuraGen Corporation (Nasdaq: CRGN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology, today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2008 and updated clinical progress of CR011-vcMMAE.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2008, CuraGen reported income from continuing operations of $39.3 million, or $0.69 per share, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $21.6 million, or $0.39 per share, during the same period in 2007. For the six months ended June 30, 2008, CuraGen reported income from continuing operations of $32.5 million or $0.57 per share, as compared to a loss from continuing operations of $37.5 million or $0.67 per share, during the same period in 2007. Significant one time transactions during the second quarter of 2008 included the sale of the rights to belinostat to TopoTarget A/S for approximately $38 million in cash and the repurchase of $50.9 million of debt for $43.2 million in privately negotiated transactions.

As of June 30, 2008, CuraGen had cash, restricted cash and investments of $95.0 million. CuraGen also today reaffirmed previously provided guidance related to the planned use of approximately $6 to $8 million in cash and investments to fund operations during the second half of 2008. The Company expects to end 2008 with approximately $87 to $89 million of cash and investments.

"We are very pleased with the improvement of our balance sheet during the second quarter and the rapid progress CR011-vcMMAE has made in the clinic during the first half of 2008. Over the past six months, the CR011-vcMMAE clinical development program has achieved milestones ahead of schedule including initiation of the Phase II breast cancer trial and accelerated enrollment of patients into the Phase II melanoma trial," commented Dr. Tim Shannon, President and Chief Executive Officer of CuraGen. "Over the remainder of 2008, we look forward to completing enrollment in the melanoma study and subsequently presenting updated results during the fourth quarter of this year."

About CuraGen

CuraGen Corporation (Nasdaq: CRGN) is a dedicated clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing diverse approaches for the treatment of cancer. CuraGen Corporation is headquartered in Branford, Connecticut. For additional information please visit

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(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended

June 30, June 30,

2008 2007 2008 2007

(unaudited) (unaudited)

Collaboration revenue $1,152 $22 $1,174 $44

Operating expenses:

Research and development 3,635 10,904 9,006 22,406

General and administrative 1,443 3,049 3,159 7,063

Restructuring and other charges - 7,479 - 7,479

Total operating expenses 5,078 21,432 12,165 36,948

Gain on sale of intangible asset 36,397 - 36,397 -

Income (loss) from operations 32,471 (21,410) 25,406 (36,904)

Interest income 659 1,046 1,730 2,199

Interest expense (451) (1,271) (1,248) (2,899)

Gain on extinguishment of debt 6,991 - 6,991 -

Income (loss) from continuing

operations before income taxes 39,670 (21,635) 32,879 (37,604)

Income taxes (412) 50 (394) 110

Income (loss) from continuing

operations 39,258 (21,585) 32,485 (37,494)

Discontinued operations:

Loss from discontinued

operations - (1,853) - (2,991)

Gain on sale of subsidiary - 78,352 - 78,352

Income from discontinued

operations - 76,499 - 75,361

Net income $39,258 $54,914 $32,485 $37,867

Basic income (loss) per share from

continuing operations $0.69 ($0.39) $0.57 ($0.67)

Basic income per share from

discontinued operations - 1.37 - 1.35

Basic net income per share $0.69 $0.98 $0.57 $0.68

Weighted average number of shares

used in computing:

Basic net income per share 56,736 55,744 56,629 55,580


June 30, December 31,

2008 2007


Cash and investments $80,237 $100,444

Restricted cash 14,739 14,533

Total cash and investments and

restricted cash $94,976 $114,977

Working capital $90,722 $107,844

Total assets $96,444 $119,282

4% Convertible subordinated notes

due 2011 $18,967 $69,890

Total long-term liabilities $18,967 $70,975

Accumulated deficit $455,089 $487,574

Stockholders' equity $72,346 $38,465

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