Anthera Pharmaceuticals to Present at Annual Jefferies Healthcare Conference

 Anthera Pharmaceuticals to Present at Annual Jefferies Healthcare Conference

PR Newswire

HAYWARD, Calif., May 31, 2013

HAYWARD, Calif., May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ANTH), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and
commercializing products to treat autoimmune diseases, announced today that
Paul F. Truex, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Colin Hislop,
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, will present a corporate
update at the 2013 Annual Jefferies Global Healthcare Conference.

Anthera will present on at 1:30PM ET, June 6^th in Ballroom 1 of the Grand
Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

About Blisibimod and PEARL-SC

Anthera is developing blisibimod, a selective inhibitor of B-cell activating
factor (BAFF), to explore its clinical utility in various autoimmune diseases
including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and IgA nephropathy. Blisibimod
is a novel fusion protein, or peptibody, and is distinct from an antibody.
Anthera owns worldwide rights to blisibimod in all potential indications.
BAFF, also known as BLyS (B lymphocyte stimulator), is a tumor necrosis family
member and is critical to the development, maintenance and survival of
B-cells. B-cells represent a critical component of human immune response to
infection and other pathogens. However, abnormal elevations of B-cells and
BAFF may lead to an overactive immune response which may damage normal healthy
tissues and organ systems. Multiple clinical studies with BAFF antagonists
have reported the potential benefit of BAFF inhibitors in treating patients
with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

In April 2012, Anthera completed the PEARL-SC Phase 2b clinical study to
evaluate the efficacy and safety of subcutaneous blisibimod in patients with
active and seropositive lupus. In June and July of 2012 Anthera announced
results from PEARL-SC which led to the initiation of a Phase 3 registration
plan utilizing the 200mg weekly dose of blisibimod in patients who were
afflicted with active lupus despite receiving corticosteroids.

About Anthera Pharmaceuticals

Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on
developing and commercializing products to treat autoimmune diseases.
Anthera's Phase 3 development product candidate, blisibimod, targets elevated
levels of B-cell activating factor, or BAFF, which has been associated with a
variety of B-cell mediated autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus
erythematosus (SLE), or lupus, Immunoglobin A nephropathy, or IgAN, lupus
nephritis, vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis, idiopathic thrombocytopenia
purpura, and others.

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release and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially as set forth in Anthera's public filings
with the SEC, including Anthera's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year
ended December 31, 2012. Anthera disclaims any intent or obligation to update
any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future
events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

CONTACT: Dennis Lutz of Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., dlutz@anthera.com or
510.856.5598.

SOURCE Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Website: http://www.anthera.com