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Isis Earns $5 Million Milestone Payment From Ortho-McNeil, Inc. for Initiation of Phase 1 Study of ISIS 325568
Date:10/2/2007

ISIS 325568 is an Antisense Drug Targeting Glucagon Receptor for Treatment

of Type 2 Diabetes

CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIS) announced today it has earned $5 million from Ortho-McNeil, Inc. (OMI), a Johnson & Johnson company, for achieving the first development milestone of initializing the Phase 1 clinical trial of ISIS 325568.

The collaboration between Isis and OMI, announced on September 13, 2007, includes the licensing of two second-generation antisense drugs, ISIS 325568 and ISIS 377131, both of which represent novel approaches for the treatment of metabolic disease. ISIS 325568 was designed to selectively inhibit the production of glucagon receptor and has demonstrated improved glucose control in animal models of Type 2 diabetes.

"We are pleased to have achieved this milestone so early in our collaboration with Ortho-McNeil, Inc.," said Jeffrey Jonas, M.D., Executive Vice President, Isis Pharmaceuticals. "OMI will be providing all funding for this study, while Isis will be managing the study through to completion before handing all additional development responsibilities over to our partner."

ABOUT GLUCAGON RECEPTOR (GCGR), TARGET OF ISIS 325568

Glucagon is a hormone that opposes the action of insulin and stimulates the liver to produce glucose. In Type 2 diabetes, unopposed action of glucagon can lead to increased blood glucose levels. Reducing the expression of liver GCGR using antisense inhibitors, and thereby reducing excessive liver glucose production, is expected to lower blood glucose levels and help control Type 2 diabetes. In preclinical studies, antisense inhibitors of GCGR led to im
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