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Ascenta Therapeutics Highlights Multiple Data Presentations at,Upcoming AACR Annual Meeting

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 13, 2007 - Ascenta Therapeutics, Inc. announced today that its small molecule portfolio of apoptosis-triggering compounds will be featured in three oral presentations and several poster presentations at next week's 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), to be held in Los Angeles, California April 14-18, 2007.

Ascenta's MDM2 program has been selected for presentation at the "High Impact Late-Breaking Research 1" session on Tuesday, April 17 (Hall A at 3:30pm) and will be presented by Dajun Yang, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President of Research at Ascenta Therapeutics and General Manager of Ascenta's R&D Subsidiary in Shanghai, China. The MDM2 program will also be featured in a talk on Saturday, April 14 (Petree D at 4:15pm) by University of Michigan's Professor Shaomeng Wang, PhD, a co-founder of Ascenta.

Preclinical studies of AT-101, Ascenta's clinical stage, oral pan-Bcl-2 inhibitor, will be featured in an oral presentation by Dr. Yang on Wednesday, April 18 and in several poster presentations authored by Ascenta personnel and collaborating investigators. In a collaboration with scientists at Human Genome Sciences, Inc., studies of HGSI's TRAIL receptor agonist monoclonal antibodies in combination with Ascenta's small molecule XIAP inhibitors, will be presented in a poster session on Tuesday, April 17 (1pm-5pm). The full schedule of presentations featuring Ascenta's technology is as follows: -0-

Date      Time      Title                              Presenter,

                                                        Collaborator

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Saturday  4:15pm    Potent, specific, non-peptidic     Shaomeng Wang,

April 14             small molecule inhibitors of the   PhD, U.

                     Human MDM2-p53 interaction as a    Michigan

                     new class of anticancer therapy

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