SOURCE: AVI BioPharma, Inc.

AVI BioPharma, Inc.

August 19, 2009 16:45 ET

AVI BioPharma, Inc. Announces Proposed Public Offering of Common Stock and Warrants

BOTHELL, WA--(Marketwire - August 19, 2009) - AVI BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVII), a developer of RNA-based drugs, today announced that it intends to offer shares of its common stock and warrants to purchase shares of its common stock in a public offering. The offering is subject to market conditions, and there can be no assurance as to whether or when the offering may be completed.

Jefferies & Company, Inc. is acting as sole book-running manager in this offering. The co-manager in this offering is JMP Securities LLC.

The securities described above are being offered by AVI BioPharma pursuant to a shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 31, 2009 that has been declared effective. A prospectus supplement relating to the offering will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. When available, copies of the prospectus supplement relating to these securities may be obtained from Jefferies & Company, Inc., Attention: Syndicate Prospectus Department, 520 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, 10022 and at (888) 449-2342.

About AVI BioPharma

AVI BioPharma is focused on the discovery and development of RNA-based drugs utilizing proprietary derivatives of its antisense chemistry (morpholino-modified phosphorodiamidate oligomers or PMOs) that can be applied to a wide range of diseases and genetic disorders through several distinct mechanisms of action.

Forward-Looking Statements Safe Harbor. This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding our plans, expectations, estimates and beliefs. Such statements are "forward-looking statements" for purposes of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Our actual results could differ materially from those discussed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by words such as "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "will," "may," and other similar expressions. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are not guarantees of future performance. We caution you not to place undue reliance on these statements, which speak only as of the date on which the statement was made. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not necessarily limited to, those relating to our intention to make the offering and our expected filing of a prospectus supplement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond our control. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated as a result of the factors described in "Risk Factors" in AVI BioPharma's periodic reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Given these uncertainties, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements. AVI BioPharma does not undertake any obligation to release any revisions to these forward-looking statements publicly to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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