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Idera Pharmaceuticals Presents Data from Autoimmune Disease Program at 4th Annual Meeting of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 16, 2008 - Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDRA) today announced that it will present preclinical data from studies on its autoimmune disease program at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society being held at the Harvard Medical School Conference Center in Boston, October 15-18, 2008. The Company's presentations describe studies of novel compounds targeted to Toll-like Receptors (TLRs), including the evaluation of TLR antagonist compounds in preclinical models of autoimmune diseases.

The Company's presentations include:

-- "Chemistry of Immunomodulatory Oligonucleotides" by Sudhir Agrawal, D.Phil., Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer. This presentation will be given during Session IX: Preclinical Models and Clinical Programs, Part II: Immunostimulation, being held on Saturday, October 18, 2008, 5:00 - 5:30pm.

-- "A Synthetic DNA-Based Antagonist of TLR7 and 9 Protects Mice Against TNBS-Induced Colitis" by Daqing Wang, Ph.D., et al. (Friday, October 17)

-- "Evaluation of a DNA-Based Toll-Like Receptor Antagonist for the Treatment of Collagen-Induced Arthritis in DBA/1 Mice" by Fu-Gang Zhu, Ph.D., et al. (Friday, October 17)

-- "DNA-Based Antagonists of Toll-Like Receptors: Insights Into the Mechanism of Action" by Lakshmi Bhagat, Ph.D., et al. (Friday, October 17)

"We continue to advance evaluation of our drug candidates targeted to TLRs, and among our current presentations will be data on the mechanism of action of our TLR antagonists and results from the evaluation of antagonists in preclinical models of colitis and of treatment of collagen-induced arthritis," said Dr. Agrawal. "We have selected IMO-3100 as a lead antagonist candidate for preclinical development in autoimmune diseases."

In addition to the presentations on TLR antagonists, the Company will present preclinical data on novel compounds targeting TLR8 and TLR9. The presentations include:

-- "Synthetic Agonists of Toll-Like Receptor 8 Containing 2'-Deoxy-2'-Fluororibonucleotides" by Tao Lan, Ph.D., et al. (Thursday, October 16)

-- "Design of Synthetic Agonists of Toll-Like Receptor 9" by Mallikarjuna Putta, Ph.D., et al. (Thursday, October 16)

-- "Antitumor Activity of RNA-Based Agonists of TLR7 and TLR8 in Combination with Erlotinib and Cetuximab in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Xenografts in Mice" by Daqing Wang, Ph.D., et al. (Friday, October 17)

About Idera's TLR Antagonists

Idera's TLR antagonists are based on synthetic DNA and have been designed through extensive structure-activity relationship studies. These antagonists have been shown in preclinical assays to suppress immune responses mediated through TLR7 and TLR9. Selected antagonist candidates have been studied in a broad range of preclinical models of diseases including lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and lung inflammation. Idera selected IMO-3100, a novel TLR antagonist, as a lead drug candidate for preclinical development in autoimmune diseases.

About Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Idera Pharmaceuticals develops drug candidates to treat infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, cancer, and respiratory diseases, and for use as vaccine adjuvants. Our proprietary drug candidates are designed to modulate specific Toll-like Receptors, which are a family of immune system receptors that direct immune system responses. Our pioneering DNA and RNA chemistry expertise enables us to create drug candidates for internal development and generates opportunities for multiple collaborative alliances. For more information, visit

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Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Kelly Luethje, 617-679-5519
MacDougall Biomedical Communications
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Posted: October 2008