March 06, 2008 at 16:00 PM EST
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Reports 2007 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results
Company Advancing Four Drug Candidates in Human Clinical Trials

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, March 6, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- 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 and year ended December 31, 2007.

"Our team has made significant progress in our 10TO10 program, an initiative to advance 10 drug candidates into human clinical trials by the end of 2010. We now have four drug candidates in human clinical testing as a result of the productivity of our drug discovery and development engine through 2007," said Dr. Arthur T. Sands, president and chief executive officer of Lexicon. "Lexicon is poised for its next phase of growth. With a robust pipeline of drug candidates, significant collaborations established and a strong financial foundation, we look forward to significant progress in 2008."

Highlights of the Year

Clinical Achievements



 * Lexicon advanced LX6171 into a Phase 2 clinical trial. LX6171 is
   the company's oral drug candidate for the treatment of cognitive
   disorders.  The initial stage of the Phase 2 trial assessed the
   bioavailability of a new oral-suspension formulation.  A second
   stage evaluating safety, tolerability and cognitive effects in
   elderly subjects with age-associated memory impairment (AAMI) is
   presently underway.  In Phase 1 clinical trials, LX6171 was well
   tolerated at all dose levels and showed good systemic exposure.

 * Lexicon completed Phase 1a and initial Phase 1b clinical studies of
   LX1031, the company's oral drug candidate for the treatment of
   irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  In Phase 1 clinical trials
   completed to date, LX1031 was well tolerated at all dose levels
   studied.  Lexicon is conducting an additional Phase 1b dose
   escalation study to explore additional dosage parameters.

 * Lexicon initiated a Phase 1 clinical trial of LX2931, the company's
   oral drug candidate for rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune
   conditions.  The initial Phase 1 clinical trial of LX2931 is a
   double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, ascending single-dose
   study in healthy volunteers.

 * Lexicon filed an investigational new drug (IND) application with
   the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for LX1032, an oral
   drug candidate for managing gastrointestinal symptoms associated
   with carcinoid syndrome.  The initial Phase 1 clinical trial of
   LX1032, for which dosing commenced in February 2008, is a double-
   blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, ascending single-dose study
   in healthy volunteers.

Business & Financial Accomplishments



 * Lexicon announced the launch of its 10TO10 program, an initiative
   to advance 10 drug candidates into human clinical trials by the end
   of 2010, and changed its name to Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.,
   reflecting its progression into drug development.

 * Invus, L.P. made an initial investment of $205 million in Lexicon
   common stock to help fund the company's transition into an
   integrated biopharmaceutical company.  The agreement with Invus
   provides for possible future financings under which Lexicon
   stockholders, including Invus, may invest an additional
   $345 million over the next several years.

 * Lexicon entered into a $60 million product development
   collaboration with Symphony Capital Partners, L.P. and its co-
   investors.  Under the terms of the transaction, Symphony Icon,
   Inc., a new company, was established to fund and accelerate the
   clinical development of three of Lexicon's leading 10TO10 drug
   candidates LX6171, LX1031 and LX1032.

Additions to Leadership



 * Tamar Howson, formerly of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., was appointed
   executive vice president of business development, responsible for
   leading the company's pharmaceutical partnering and licensing
   efforts.  During her tenure at Bristol-Myers Squibb, she served as
   senior vice president of corporate and business development, responsible
   for leading the company's efforts in external alliances, licensing
   and acquisitions and a member of the executive committee from 2001 to
   2007.

 * Raymond Debbane, president and chief executive officer of The Invus
   Group, and Christopher Sobecki and Philippe Amouyal, both managing
   directors of The Invus Group, joined the Lexicon board of
   directors.

 * Kathleen Wiltsey, a former vice president of Amgen, Inc., and
   Judith L. Swain, M.D., currently executive director of the
   Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences within the Singapore
   Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) and the Lien
   Chow Professor of Medicine at the National University of Singapore,
   were elected to the company's board as independent directors.

Financial Results

"Lexicon is in a uniquely strong position to advance its exciting pipeline of novel drug candidates, having raised $265 million through two strategic financings last year," said Julia P. Gregory, Lexicon's executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Revenues: Lexicon's revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2007 decreased 14 percent to $13.8 million from $16.1 million for the corresponding period in 2006. The decrease was primarily attributable to reduced revenue under Lexicon's neuroscience alliance with Bristol-Myers Squibb resulting from the conclusion of the revenue recognition period for the upfront payment Lexicon received under the alliance and the biotherapeutic alliance with N.V. Organon. This was offset in part by increased revenue recognized under Lexicon's award from the Texas Enterprise Fund due to the early completion of the knockout mouse embryonic stem cell library for the Texas Institute for Genomic Medicine. For the year ended December 31, 2007, revenues decreased 31% percent to $50.1 million from $72.8 million in 2006, reflecting the company's transition from drug discovery alliances to drug development.

Research and Development Expenses: Research and development expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2007 increased five percent to $26.9 million from $25.6 million from the corresponding period in 2006. Higher external preclinical and clinical costs related to the advancement of Lexicon's drug development programs were largely offset by decreased research expenses as a result of the company's early 2007 realignment, reallocating resources from genetics research efforts to drug development. For the year ended December 31, 2007, research and development expenses decreased two percent to $104.3 million, including $5.2 million in non-cash, stock-based compensation expense, from $106.7 million in 2006.

General and Administrative Expenses: General and administrative expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2007 increased six percent to $5.3 million from $5.1 million for the corresponding period in 2006. For the year ended December 31, 2007, general and administrative expenses decreased three percent to $20.7 million, including $2.8 million in non-cash, stock-based compensation expense, from $21.3 million in 2006.

Net Loss: Net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2007 was $12.2 million, or $0.09 per share, compared to net loss of $13.8 million, or $0.19 per share, in the corresponding period in 2006. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2007 was $58.8 million, or $0.59 per share, compared to a net loss of $54.3 million, or $0.81 per share, in 2006. The net loss for the three months and year ended December 31, 2007 included a benefit of $4.3 million and $12.4 million, respectively, attributable to the loss from non-controlling interest in Symphony Icon, resulting from Lexicon's consolidation of Symphony Icon. For the three months and year ended December 31, 2007, net loss included non-cash, stock-based compensation expense of $3.1 million and $7.9 million, respectively.

Cash and Investments: As of December 31, 2007, Lexicon had $258.8 million in cash and investments, including $36.7 million in cash and investments held by Symphony Icon, as compared to $273.9 million as of September 30, 2007 and $80.0 million as of December 31, 2006.

Lexicon Conference Call:

Lexicon management will hold a conference call to discuss its clinical development progress, financial results for 2007 and financial guidance for 2008 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 6, 2008. The dial-in number for the conference call is 877-681-3378 (within the United States) or 719-325-4842 (international). The pass code for all callers is 7721341. 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 March 11, 2008.

About Lexicon

Lexicon is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of breakthrough treatments for human disease. Lexicon currently has development programs underway for such areas of major unmet medical need as irritable bowel syndrome, cognitive disorders, autoimmune diseases, and carcinoid syndrome. The company has used its proprietary gene knockout technology to discover more than 100 promising drug targets and create an extensive pipeline of clinical and preclinical programs in the therapeutic areas of cardiology, gastroenterology, immunology and oncology, metabolism, neurology and ophthalmology. To advance the development and commercialization of its programs, Lexicon is working both independently and through collaborators including Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Genentech, Inc. and N.V. Organon. For additional information about Lexicon and its programs, please visit www.lexpharma.com.

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Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains "forward-looking statements," including statements relating to Lexicon's clinical development of LX6171, LX1031, LX1032 and LX2931 and the potential therapeutic and commercial potential of LX6171, LX1031, LX1032 and LX2931. 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 LX6171, LX1031, LX1032 and LX2931 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, obtain additional financing 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, 2006, 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        Year Ended
                                December 31,          December 31,
 (In thousands, except      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
   per share data)            2007       2006       2007       2006
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                 (unaudited)     (unaudited)
 Revenues:
   Collaborative research   $ 13,620   $ 14,946   $ 48,080   $ 68,373
   Subscription and
    license fees                 188      1,120      2,038      4,425
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
     Total revenues           13,808     16,066     50,118     72,798
 Operating expenses:
   Research and development,
    including stock-based
    compensation of $2,150,
    $1,039, $5,150 and
    $4,394, respectively      26,930     25,580    104,332    106,695
   General and
    administrative,
    including stock-based
    compensation of $946,
    $625, $2,776 and
    $2,636, respectively       5,345      5,058     20,740     21,334
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
      Total operating
       expenses               32,275     30,638    125,072    128,029
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Loss from operations        (18,467)   (14,572)   (74,954)   (55,231)
 Interest income               3,475        976      7,286      3,653
 Interest expense               (694)      (816)    (2,771)    (3,253)
 Other income (expense), net    (760)       470       (794)       401
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Loss before noncontrolling
  interest in Symphony
  Icon, Inc.                 (16,446)   (13,942)   (71,233)   (54,430)
 Loss attributable to
  noncontrolling interest
  in Symphony Icon, Inc.       4,269         --     12,439         --
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Loss before taxes           (12,177)   (13,942)   (58,794)   (54,430)
 Income tax benefit               --        119         --        119
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Net loss                   $(12,177)  $(13,823)  $(58,794)  $(54,311)
                            =========  =========  =========  =========
 Net loss per common share,
  basic and diluted         $  (0.09)  $  (0.19)  $  (0.59)  $  (0.81)
                            =========  =========  =========  =========
 Shares used in computing
  net loss per common share,
  basic and diluted          136,794     73,405     99,798     66,876



                                                  --------------------
 Consolidated Balance Sheet Data                   As of       As of
 (In thousands)                                   Dec. 31,   Dec. 31,
                                                    2007       2006
                                                  ---------  ---------
                                                 (unaudited)
 Cash and investments, including cash and
  investments held by Symphony Icon, Inc.        $ 258,775  $  79,999
 Property and equipment, net                        70,829     78,192
 Goodwill                                           25,798     25,798
 Total assets                                      369,296    190,266
 Deferred revenue                                   34,156     58,000
 Current and long-term debt                         31,373     32,188
 Noncontrolling interest in Symphony Icon, Inc.     30,271         --
 Accumulated deficit                              (410,535)  (351,741)
 Total stockholders' equity                        256,300     85,501
CONTACT: Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
         Bobbie Faulkner, Manager, Investor and Public Relations
         281/863-3503
         bfaulkner@lexpharma.com
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