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Genaera Corporation Presents Promising Preclinical Type 2 Diabetes Data for Trodusquemine (MSI-1436) at Keystone Symposia

New data supports recent IND and forms foundation for upcoming clinical


PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Genaera Corporation (Nasdaq: GENR) announced today a poster presentation of preclinical data on trodusquemine (MSI-1436), Genaera's lead drug candidate for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and obesity, during the Diabetes Mellitus, Insulin Action and Resistance Keystone Symposia in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Genaera research scientists concluded that treatment with MSI-1436 leads to marked improvement in glucose tolerance and lowers plasma insulin levels in diet-induced obese (DIO) mice and improves fasting blood glucose and glucose tolerance in hyperglycemic animal models, and that these effects are maintained over time. In one study, the researchers reported that four weekly treatments of MSI-1436 administered to DIO mice resulted in significant reductions in plasma insulin levels. Additionally, hyperglycemic (Ob/Ob) mice treated with weekly doses of MSI-1436 for 122 days demonstrated that the significant improvements in glucose tolerance, as measured by oral glucose tolerance testing can be sustained during long periods of therapy. The scientists concluded that the anti-diabetic properties of MSI-1436 included improved insulin sensitivity, lowering of plasma insulin levels and durable improvements in fasting blood glucose and glucose tolerance.

"This encouraging preclinical work continues to provide strong basic science support and direction for our efforts to explore MSI-1436 as a therapy for type 2 diabetes," stated Jack Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer of Genaera. "With our recent investigational new drug (IND) filing for type 2 diabetes now in effect and the positive metabolic data from our first completed Phase 1 study in obesity, we are executing upon our strategy to evaluate the potential of MSI-1436 to impact both type 2 diabetes and obesity."

The poster entitled "Trodusquemine (MSI-1436) Enhances Glucose Tolerance in a Murine Model of Insulin Resistance" will be displayed from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. MT at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado.

About Trodusquemine (MSI-1436)

Trodusquemine is a centrally and peripherally-acting appetite suppressant and the first highly selective inhibitor of protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP-1B). PTP-1B is central to controlling the function of both the leptin and insulin pathways. By inhibiting PTP-1B, MSI-1436 is expected to decrease appetite and normalize blood sugar. Trodusquemine has produced consistent, sustainable weight loss in a variety of animal models and appears to overcome metabolic readjustment, which often limits sustained weight loss during caloric restriction. In addition, trodusquemine has shown the ability to reverse co-morbidities associated with obesity such as abnormal glucose metabolism and cholesterol elevation.

About Genaera

Genaera Corporation is focused on advancing the science and treatment of metabolic diseases. The Company has significant market opportunities with a first-in-class molecule, trodusquemine (MSI-1436), that has the potential to redefine the treatment paradigm for obesity and type 2 diabetes and is presently in a Phase 1 trial in obesity. In addition, Genaera has a value- driven, fully out-licensed partnership with MedImmune, Inc. for a second core program that is presently undergoing Phase 2 clinical testing in asthma. Genaera is committed to directing resources to its core program and the aggressive clinical development of its key assets to build stockholder value. For further information, please see our website at

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to risks and uncertainties, known and unknown. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current views and are based on certain expectations and assumptions. Such statements include, among others, statements regarding the preliminary results, clinical development plans and prospects for Genaera's programs including trodusquemine (MSI-1436) and the IL-9 antibody program. You may identify some of these forward-looking statements by the use of words in the statements such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "develop," "expect," "plan" and "potential" or other words of similar meaning. Genaera's actual results and performance could differ materially from those currently anticipated and expressed in these and other forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risk factors, including, but not limited to: Genaera's history of operating losses since inception and its need for additional funds to operate its business; the costs, delays and uncertainties inherent in scientific research, drug development, clinical trials and the regulatory approval process; the risk that clinical trials for Genaera's product candidates including trodusquemine (MSI-1436) and the IL-9 antibody program may be delayed or may not be successful; the risk that Genaera may not obtain regulatory approval for its products, whether due to adequacy of the development program, the conduct of the clinical trials, changing regulatory requirements, different methods of evaluating and interpreting data, regulatory interpretations of clinical risk and benefit, or otherwise; Genaera's reliance on its collaborators, in connection with the development and commercialization of Genaera's product candidates; market acceptance of Genaera's products, if regulatory approval is achieved; competition; general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry; and the other risks and uncertainties discussed in this announcement and in Genaera's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, all of which are available from the Commission in its EDGAR database at as well as other sources. You are encouraged to read these reports. Given the uncertainties affecting development stage pharmaceutical companies, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, any of which may turn out to be wrong due to inaccurate assumptions, unknown risks, uncertainties or other factors. Genaera does not intend (and it is not obligated) to publicly update, revise or correct these forward-looking statements or the risk factors that may relate thereto.

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