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deCODE Receives California Clinical Laboratory License
Date:2/19/2009

REYKJAVIK, February 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- deCODE genetics (Nasdaq: DCGN) today announced that it has received a clinical laboratory license from the State of California. The quality and scale of deCODE's in-house, CLIA-registered genotyping laboratory underpins deCODE's global leadership in the discovery of variations in the sequence of the human genome conferring risk of common diseases. The same staff and facility also process deCODE's DNA-based reference laboratory tests for gauging individual risk of major public health challenges ranging from heart attack to breast cancer, as well as the company's pioneering deCODEme(TM) scans, the world's first personal genome analysis and focused disease area scans. With this license, California residents can now benefit from the unrivalled quality of deCODE products for understanding risk and, working with their physicians, empowering the prevention of common diseases.

"We believe that understanding genetic risk factors for the common diseases such as heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and common cancers will soon become a standard part of modern healthcare. This information enables individuals to take more control of their health, and is driving the transition from a healthcare system based upon treating diseases once they occur to one focused on disease prevention and early detection. deCODE is unique in that we are the leaders both in the discovery of genetic risk factors for common diseases and in bringing to market the reference laboratory tests and direct-to-consumer scans that enable individuals and their physicians to put these discoveries to work to better protect their health. Our competitors outsource the science, the DNA-analysis, or both. But for us this is the real foundation of personalized medicine, and we are committed to delivering only the best validated tests and the highest quality results, all in-house. We are pleased that Californians will now be able to benefit from the highest quality products in this exciting new field," said Kari Stefansson, CEO of deCODE.

Through its reference laboratory testing service, http://www.decodediagnostics.com, deCODE offers DNA-based tests for assessing individual risk of heart attack, type 2 diabetes, stroke, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and glaucoma. deCODEme(TM) is the world's first retail genome analysis service, avialable at http://www.decodeme.com. The full genome Complete Scan scan and the Cardio and Cancer scans build on deCODE's global leadership in the discovery of common variations in the sequence of the human genome conferring increased risk of common diseases. deCODE diagnostic tests and deCODEme(TM) scans detect the single-letter genetic variations (called SNPs) with the biggest impact on disease risk. These SNPs are validated in large-scale studies by deCODE as well as leading academic research institutions. DNA analysis is conducted in deCODE's own CLIA-registered laboratory, one of the largest of its kind anywhere in the world.

About deCODE

deCODE is a bio-pharmaceutical company developing drugs and DNA-based tests to improve the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of common diseases. Its lead therapeutic programs, which leverage the company's expertise in chemistry and structural biology, include DG041, an antiplatelet compound being developed for the prevention of arterial thrombosis; DG051 and DG031, compounds targeting the leukotriene pathway for the prevention of heart attack; and DG071 and a platform for other PDE4 modulators with therapeutic applications in Alzheimer's disease and other conditions. deCODE is a global leader in human genetics, and has identified key variations in the genome (SNPs) conferring increased risk of major public health challenges from cardiovascular disease to cancer. Based upon these discoveries deCODE has brought to market a growing range of DNA-based tests for gauging risk and empowering prevention of common diseases. Through its CLIA-registered laboratory, deCODE is offers deCODE T2(TM) for type 2 diabetes; deCODE AF(TM) for atrial fibrillation and stroke; deCODE MI(TM) for heart attack; deCODE ProstateCancer(TM) for prostate cancer; deCODE Glaucoma(TM) for a major type of glaucoma; and deCODE BreastCancer(TM), for the common forms of breast cancer. deCODE is delivering on the promise of the new genetics.SM Visit us on the web at http://www.decode.com; on our diagnostics site at http://www.decodediagnostics.com; for our pioneering personal genome analysis service and new Cardio and Cancer scans, integrating the genetic variants included in these tests and those linked to another twenty common diseases, at http://www.decodeme.com; and on our blog at http://www.decodeyou.com.

Any statements contained in this presentation that relate to future plans, events or performance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, and the timing of events, to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, those relating to our ability to obtain financing and to form collaborative relationships, the effects of the transfer of our common stock from the Nasdaq Global Market to the Nasdaq Capital Market and the potential delisting of our common stock from the Nasdaq Capital Market, our ability to develop and market diagnostic products, the level of third party reimbursement for our products, risks related to preclinical and clinical development of pharmaceutical products, including the identification of compounds and the completion of clinical trials, the effect of government regulation and the regulatory approval processes, market acceptance, our ability to obtain and protect intellectual property rights for our products, dependence on collaborative relationships, the effect of competitive products, industry trends and other risks identified in deCODE's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, the risk factors identified in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any updates to those risk factors filed from time to time in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K. deCODE undertakes no obligation to update or alter these forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    Contacts:

    Edward Farmer
    +1-354-570-2819
    edward.farmer@decode.is

    Gisli Arnason
    +1-354-570-1825
    gisli.arnason@decode.is

    Joy Bessenger
    +1-212-481-3891
    joy.bessenger@decode.is



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