AtheroGenics, Inc.

AtheroGenics, Inc.

January 08, 2007 19:33 ET

AtheroGenics Refines Timing of ARISE Clinical Trial Top-Line Results

ATLANTA, GA--(CCNMatthews - January 08, 2007) - AtheroGenics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGIX) today provided updated information on its pivotal Phase III clinical trial, ARISE (Aggressive Reduction of Inflammation Stops Events), studying AGI-1067, its novel oral drug candidate in patients with coronary artery disease.

AtheroGenics today reiterated its guidance that the ARISE top line results will be available early in 2007. The Company further refined its guidance to indicate that the results will likely be available no sooner than late in the first quarter. At this point in time, the ARISE data base remains blinded and the Company continues to work towards its goal of presenting the results at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions in March 2007.

About AtheroGenics

AtheroGenics is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel drugs for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases, including heart disease (atherosclerosis), rheumatoid arthritis and asthma. The Company has two drug development programs currently in the clinic. AtheroGenics' lead compound, AGI-1067, is being evaluated in the pivotal Phase III ARISE clinical trial as an oral therapy for the treatment of atherosclerosis, in collaboration with AstraZeneca. AGI-1096 is a novel, oral agent in Phase I that is being developed for the prevention of organ transplant rejection in collaboration with Astellas. AtheroGenics also has preclinical programs in rheumatoid arthritis and asthma utilizing its proprietary vascular protectant® technology. For more information about AtheroGenics, please visit

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