Arena Pharmaceuticals to Receive $60 Million from Deerfield Management

August 6, 2010

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARNA) announced today that it has agreed to sell a total of 8,955,224 shares of its common stock, at a price of $6.70 per share, in a registered direct public offering to entities affiliated with Deerfield Management, a healthcare investment organization. Arena expects to receive gross proceeds, before expenses, of approximately $60 million. The closing of the offering is expected to take place on or before August 10, 2010.

Arena will use $30 million of the proceeds from this offering to prepay the portion of the loan principal that otherwise would have been required to be repaid in July 2012 under the existing Facility Agreement between Arena and Deerfield. Arena and Deerfield also amended the Facility Agreement to defer the $20 million principal repayment required to be made in July 2011 until June 17, 2013, subject to Arena receiving US Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, approval by the July 2011 repayment date to market and sell lorcaserin, which is Arena’s lead drug candidate for weight management. The FDA has assigned a PDUFA date of October 22, 2010, for review of the lorcaserin New Drug Application.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission. A prospectus supplement relating to the offering will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of, these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

    Contact: Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.     Media Contact: Russo Partners

    Jack Lief                                David Schull, President
    President and CEO                        david.schull@russopartnersllc.com
    Cindy McGee
    Manager, IR and Corporate Communications Anthony J. Russo, Ph.D., CEO
    858.453.7200, ext. 1479                  tony.russo@russopartnersllc.com

SOURCE Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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