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Pozen Reports Second Quarter 2006 Results

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 3, 2006--POZEN Inc. (NASDAQ: POZN) today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2006.

Second-Quarter Results

POZEN reported a net loss of $8.4 million, or $0.29 per share on a diluted basis, for the second quarter of 2006, compared to a net loss of $4.1 million, or $0.14 per share on a diluted basis, for the second quarter of 2005.

For the second quarter of 2006, POZEN reported revenue of $0.9 million resulting from the amortization of upfront payments received pursuant to collaboration agreements. Revenue for the second quarter ended June 30, 2005 was $2.0 million. The decrease in revenue was primarily due to an extension of the amortization period for recognition of the Trexima upfront payments.

Operating expenses for the second quarter of 2006 totaled $9.7 million as compared to $6.3 million for the comparable period in 2005. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to a $1.3 million non-cash stock-based compensation expense as a result of adopting Statement of Financial Accounting Standards 123(R) on January 1, 2006 and an increase in costs for the lornoxicam and PN programs partially offset by a decrease in costs for the Trexima program.

At June 30, 2006, cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $31.9 million compared to $45.8 million at December 31, 2005.

Six-Month Results

POZEN reported a net loss of $14.9 million, or $0.51 per share on a diluted basis, for the six-month period ended June 30, 2006, compared with a net loss of $9.5 million, or $0.33 per share on a diluted basis, for the same period in 2005.

For the six months ended June 30, 2006, POZEN reported revenue of $3.1 million compared to $4.0 million for the same period in 2005. Revenue in both years results from the amortization of upfront payments and other payments received pursuant to collaboration agreements.

Operating expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2006 were $18.9 million as compared to $14.1 million for the comparable period in 2005. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to a $3.3 million non-cash stock-based compensation expense as a result of adopting Statement of Financial Accounting Standards 123(R) on January 1, 2006 and an increase in costs for the lornoxicam and PN programs partially offset by a decrease in costs for the Trexima program.

Corporate Highlights

On June 8, 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an approvable letter for Trexima. The FDA determined that Trexima is effective as an acute treatment for migraine headaches and have requested additional safety information. POZEN and GlaxoSmithKline met jointly with the FDA and plan to submit a full response to the Trexima approvable letter, which will include additional safety information, during the fourth quarter of 2006.

On August 1, 2006, POZEN and AstraZeneca signed a global collaboration agreement for the co-development and commercialization of proprietary fixed dose combinations of the proton pump inhibitor esomeprazole magnesium, with the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug naproxen in a single tablet. The products will be indicated for the management of pain and inflammation associated with conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in patients who are at risk for developing NSAID-associated gastric ulcers. POZEN will receive an upfront payment of $40 million with potential aggregate payments of $160 million for certain development and regulatory milestones; and $175 million of potential sales performance milestones, if certain thresholds are achieved. Royalties will be paid on net sales.

Financial Guidance

For the third quarter of 2006, POZEN expects total revenues to be in the range of $2 to $3 million, including revenue of $1 to $2 million for work performed under the AstraZeneca agreement. Total operating expenses are expected to be in the range of $6 to $8 million, including $1.5 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense.

For the 2006 year, POZEN expects total revenue to be in the range of $12 to $14 million, including revenue of $4 to $6 million for work performed under the AstraZeneca agreement. Total operating expenses for the 2006 year are expected to be in the range of $33 to $36 million. Operating expenses include $6.5 million of estimated non-cash stock-based compensation expense.

Second-Quarter Results Webcast

POZEN will hold a webcast to present second quarter results and management's outlook on Wednesday, August 3, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. The webcast can be accessed live and will be available for replay at www.pozen.com.

About POZEN

POZEN is a pharmaceutical company committed to developing therapeutic advancements for diseases with unmet medical needs where it can improve efficacy, safety, and/or patient convenience. POZEN's efforts are focused primarily on the development of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of acute and chronic pain and other pain-related conditions. POZEN has development and commercialization alliances with GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca. The company's common stock is traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol "POZN". For detailed company information, including copies of this and other press releases, see POZEN's website: www.pozen.com.

Statements included in this press release that are not historical in nature are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You should be aware that our actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, which are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, our failure to successfully commercialize our product candidates; costs and delays in the development and/or FDA approval of our product candidates, including as a result of the need to conduct additional studies, or the failure to obtain such approval of our product candidates, including as a result of changes in regulatory standards or the regulatory environment during the development period of any of our product candidates; uncertainties in clinical trial results or the timing of such trials, resulting in, among other things, an extension in the period over which we recognize deferred revenue or our failure to achieve milestones that would have provided us with revenue; our inability to maintain or enter into, and the risks resulting from our dependence upon, collaboration or contractual arrangements necessary for the development, manufacture, commercialization, marketing, sales and distribution of any products; competitive factors; our inability to protect our patents or proprietary rights and obtain necessary rights to third party patents and intellectual property to operate our business; our inability to operate our business without infringing the patents and proprietary rights of others; general economic conditions; the failure of any products to gain market acceptance; our inability to obtain any additional required financing; technological changes; government regulation; changes in industry practice; and one-time events, including those discussed herein and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2006. We do not intend to update any of these factors or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements.

Financial Tables to Follow...


                              POZEN Inc.
                        Statement of Operations
                              (Unaudited)


                        Three Months Ended        Six Months Ended
                             June 30,                 June 30,
                      ----------------------- ------------------------
                         2006        2005        2006         2005
                      ----------------------- ------------------------
Revenue:
  Licensing revenue  $   886,800 $ 1,958,885 $  3,123,800 $ 4,011,375
Operating expenses:
   General and
    administrative     3,078,544   2,328,632    6,731,014   4,725,218
   Research and
    development        6,659,465   4,003,467   12,147,643   9,331,252
                      ----------- ----------- ------------ -----------
Total operating
 expenses              9,738,009   6,332,099   18,878,657  14,056,470
Interest income, net     430,436     285,531      889,293     557,204
                      ----------- ----------- ------------ -----------
Net income (loss)
 attributable to
 common stockholders $(8,420,773)$(4,087,683)$(14,865,564)$(9,487,891)
                      =========== =========== ============ ===========

Basic net income
 (loss) per common
 share               $     (0.29)$     (0.14)$      (0.51)$     (0.33)
                      =========== =========== ============ ===========

Shares used in
 computing basic net
 income (loss) per
 common share         29,164,333  28,915,511   29,139,452  28,914,116
                      =========== =========== ============ ===========

Diluted net income
 (loss) per common
 share               $     (0.29)      (0.14)$      (0.51)      (0.33)
                      =========== =========== ============ ===========

Shares used in
 computing diluted
 net income (loss)
 per common share     29,164,333  28,915,511   29,139,452  28,914,116
                      =========== =========== ============ ===========


                              POZEN Inc.
                             Balance Sheet
                              (Unaudited)


                                                June 30,    Dec. 31,
                                                  2006        2005
                                               ----------- -----------
                    ASSETS
Current assets:
 Cash and cash equivalents                    $13,303,594 $27,467,789
 Investments                                   18,559,186  18,370,701
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets        296,895     613,682
                                               ----------- -----------
    Total current assets                       32,159,675  46,452,172
Equipment, net of accumulated depreciation        220,626     234,839
                                               ----------- -----------
    Total assets                              $32,380,301 $46,687,011
                                               =========== ===========



     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
 Accounts payable                             $ 1,214,385 $ 1,443,676
 Accrued compensation                             851,033   2,591,633
 Accrued expenses                               1,349,663   1,201,023
 Deferred revenue                               3,428,200   6,552,000
                                               ----------- -----------
    Total current liabilities                   6,843,281  11,788,332

Long-term liabilities:
   Deferred revenue                             1,000,000   1,000,000
                                               ----------- -----------
Total liabilities                               7,843,281  12,788,332

Total stockholders' equity                     24,537,020  33,898,679
                                               ----------- -----------
   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $32,380,301 $46,687,011
                                               =========== ===========

CONTACT: POZEN Inc.
Bill Hodges, 919-913-1030
Chief Financial Officer
or
Fran Barsky, 919-913-1044
Director, Investor Relations

SOURCE: POZEN Inc.