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Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Provides Clinical Pipeline Update and Reports 2009 First Quarter Results

April 28, 2009

Conference Call and Webcast at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: LXRX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing breakthrough treatments for human disease, today updated its drug development progress and reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2009.

“Our pipeline of novel drug candidates continues to advance in line with our expectations,” said Dr. Arthur T. Sands, president and chief executive officer of Lexicon. “During the quarter, we also restructured our operations to conserve capital and concentrate our resources on advancing the most promising programs in our pipeline.”

Key Developments

  • Lexicon completed a drug-drug interaction study of LX2931 with methotrexate in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in March 2009. Top line results from the trial indicated that LX2931 was well tolerated in combination with methotrexate, and no drug-drug interactions were observed. In addition, Lexicon will present Phase 1 data for LX2931 at the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) annual meeting on June 13, 2009.
  • Lexicon continues to enroll patients in a Phase 2a clinical trial of its LX1031 drug candidate for non-constipating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Enrollment is on track to be completed by year-end. The trial is designed as a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the safety and tolerability of LX1031 and its effects on symptoms associated with IBS. In addition, Lexicon will present Phase 1 data for LX1031 at the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) annual meeting on May 31, 2009.
  • Lexicon is advancing its LX1032 drug candidate, which has received Fast Track status from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), into a Phase 2a study in patients with carcinoid syndrome. Lexicon has identified the clinical trial sites for this study, and patient enrollment is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2009. In addition, Lexicon will present Phase 1 data for LX1032 at the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) annual meeting on June 1, 2009.
  • Lexicon is completing the initial single ascending-dose portion of a Phase 1 study of its LX4211 drug candidate for diabetes. Lexicon plans to initiate the multiple ascending-dose portion of the study during the second quarter of 2009 to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of LX4211 in healthy volunteers over a seven-day dosing period.
  • Lexicon is continuing preclinical studies of LX7101, a new drug candidate for glaucoma, in preparation for the planned filing of an IND application with the FDA. LX7101 is a small molecule compound that may have the potential for treating glaucoma by lowering intraocular pressure through a new mechanism of action that enhances the eye’s fluid outflow facility. Impairment of fluid outflow is thought to be a major contributing factor in the higher incidence of glaucoma that is observed as people age.

Financial Results

Revenues: Lexicon’s revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2009 decreased 53 percent to $4.2 million from $8.9 million for the corresponding period in 2008. The decrease for the three months ended March 31, 2009 was primarily attributable to reduced revenues under Lexicon’s alliance agreements with Bristol-Myers Squibb, N.V. Organon and Genentech, Inc.

Research and Development Expenses: Research and development expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2009 decreased 17 percent to $23.0 million from $27.8 million for the corresponding period in 2008. The decrease was primarily attributable to lower salary and benefit costs, due to reductions in personnel offset in part by associated severance costs, as well as lower external research expenses.

General and Administrative Expenses: General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2009 decreased 14 percent to $4.8 million from $5.5 million for the corresponding period in 2008. The decrease was primarily attributable to lower salary and benefit costs, due to reductions in personnel offset in part by associated severance costs.

Net Loss Attributable to Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.: Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2009 was $21.6 million, or $0.16 per share, compared to a net loss of $18.0 million, or $0.13 per share, in the corresponding period in 2008. For the three months ended March 31, 2009, net loss included non-cash, stock-based compensation expense of $1.4 million, compared to $1.8 million in the corresponding period in 2008.

Cash and Investments: As of March 31, 2009, Lexicon had $145.5 million in cash and investments, including $11.8 million in cash and investments held by Symphony Icon, as compared to $158.8 million as of December 31, 2008.

Lexicon Conference Call:

Lexicon management will hold a conference call to discuss its clinical development progress and financial results for the first quarter of 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on April 28, 2009. The dial-in number for the conference call is 888-220-1244 (within the US/Canada) or 706-679-5615 (international). The conference ID for all callers is 95206081. Investors can access www.lexpharma.com to listen to a live webcast of the call. The webcast will be archived and available for review through May 5, 2009.

About Lexicon

Lexicon is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing breakthrough treatments for human disease. Lexicon currently has five drug candidates in development for autoimmune disease, carcinoid syndrome, diabetes, glaucoma and irritable bowel syndrome, all of which were discovered by Lexicon’s research team. Lexicon has used its proprietary gene knockout technology to identify more than 100 promising drug targets. Lexicon has focused drug discovery efforts on these biologically-validated targets to create its extensive pipeline of clinical and preclinical programs. For additional information about Lexicon and its programs, please visit www.lexpharma.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” including statements relating to Lexicon’s clinical development of LX1031, LX1032, LX2931, LX4211, and LX7101 and the potential therapeutic and commercial potential of LX1031, LX1032, LX2931, LX4211, and LX7101. This press release also contains forward-looking statements relating to Lexicon’s growth and future operating results, discovery and development of products, strategic alliances and intellectual property, as well as other matters that are not historical facts or information. All forward-looking statements are based on management’s current assumptions and expectations and involve risks, uncertainties and other important factors, specifically including those relating to Lexicon’s ability to successfully conduct clinical development of LX1031, LX1032, LX2931, LX4211, and LX7101 and preclinical and clinical development of its other potential drug candidates, advance additional candidates into preclinical and clinical development, obtain necessary regulatory approvals, achieve its operational objectives, obtain patent protection for its discoveries and establish strategic alliances, as well as additional factors relating to manufacturing, intellectual property rights, and the therapeutic or commercial value of its drug candidates, that may cause Lexicon’s actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Information identifying such important factors is contained under “Factors Affecting Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in Lexicon’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Lexicon undertakes no obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

                             Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
                               Selected Financial Data

    Consolidated Statements of Operations Data           Three Months Ended
                                                              March 31,
    (In thousands, except per share data)                 2009        2008
                                                            (unaudited)
    Revenues:
        Collaborative research                           $3,605      $7,634
        Subscription and license fees                       563       1,259
            Total revenues                                4,168       8,893
    Operating expenses:
        Research and development, including
         stock-based compensation of
         $829 and $1,127, respectively                   22,976      27,802
        General and administrative, including
         stock-based compensation of
         $613 and $652, respectively                      4,762       5,529
            Total operating expenses                     27,738      33,331
    Loss from operations                                (23,570)    (24,438)
    Gain on long-term investments, net                      517           -
    Interest income                                         327       2,781
    Interest expense                                       (666)       (670)
    Other expense, net                                     (945)       (547)
    Consolidated net loss.                              (24,337)    (22,874)
    Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling
     interest in Symphony Icon, Inc.                      2,777       4,924
    Net loss attributable to Lexicon
     Pharmaceuticals, Inc.                             $(21,560)   $(17,950)

    Net loss attributable to Lexicon
     Pharmaceuticals, Inc. per common share,
     basic and diluted                                   $(0.16)     $(0.13)

    Shares used in computing net loss
     attributable to Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
     per common share, basic and diluted                137,075     136,795

    Consolidated Balance Sheet Data                      As of       As of
                                                       March 31,  December 31,
    (In thousands)                                       2009        2008
                                                      (unaudited)
    Cash and investments, including cash
     and investments held by Symphony Icon, Inc.       $145,467    $158,798
    Property and equipment, net                          63,027      65,087
    Goodwill                                             25,798      25,798
    Total assets                                        244,452     261,508
    Deferred revenue                                     17,321      19,884
    Current and long-term debt                           44,923      30,492
    Noncontrolling interest in
     Symphony Icon, Inc.                                  7,470      10,247
    Accumulated deficit                                (508,955)   (487,395)
    Total Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
     stockholders' equity                               165,822     185,580

SOURCE Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


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