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Anthera Pharmaceuticals Completes $19 Million Financing; Appoints Christopher S. Henney as Chairman
Date:8/13/2008

SAN MATEO, Calif., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company developing anti-inflammatory drugs, today announced the completion of a $19 Million equity financing. New investors Caxton Advantage Life Sciences Fund (New York, NY) and HBM BioCapital (Cayman Islands) led the financing, and Rachel Leheny, Ph.D. Managing Director of Caxton Advantage Venture Partners (the General Partner of Caxton Advantage Life Sciences Fund) will join Anthera's Board of Directors. The financing also included existing investors VantagePoint Venture Partners, Sofinnova Ventures, Pappas Ventures and Mitsubishi International Corporation.

In addition, the company announced the appointment of Christopher S. Henney as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Henney has served as an independent director of Anthera since 2006. Dr. Henney is a co-founder of three major publicly held U.S. biotechnology companies: Immunex‚ ICOS and Dendreon‚ and has been associated with the formation of several others. Most recently Dr. Henney has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dendreon (Nasdaq: DNDN) and as Chairman of SGX Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: SGXP) and of Oncothyreon (Nasdaq: ONTY).

"We are delighted to have Caxton Advantage and HBM, two premier health care funds, lead
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