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Trading Outlook for Metabasis Therapeutics Issued by

DALLAS, Oct. 29, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- announces an investment report featuring Metabasis Therapeutics (Nasdaq:MBRX). The report includes financial and investment analysis, analyst consensus, and pertinent industry information you need to know to make an educated investment decision.

The investment report on Metabasis Therapeutics (Nasdaq:MBRX) should be of particular interest to comparable biotechnology/healthcare companies: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq:TEVA), Biogen Idec Inc. (Nasdaq:BIIB) and Genzyme Corp. (Nasdaq:GENZ).

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Metabasis Therapeutics Inc. (MBRX) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery development of drugs. The Company's product pipeline includes product candidates and advanced discovery programs for the treatment of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and hyperlipidemia, which it refer to as its core assets, as well as product candidates and advanced discovery programs for the treatment of liver diseases such as hepatitis and primary liver cancer, which it refer to as its non-core assets.

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In the report, the analyst notes:

"MBRX recently announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Ligand will acquire all of the outstanding shares of MBRX. Under the transaction, MBRX stockholders will receive a cash payment at the closing of the transaction of approximately $3.2 million, less MBRX's estimated net liabilities at closing and an amount to be deposited in the stockholders' representative's fund (Metabasis currently estimates the closing payment to be approximately $1.8 million in cash).

"MBRX announced on September 18, 2009, that on September 15, 2009, the Company received a letter from the Listing Qualifications Department of The Nasdaq Stock Market, notifying the Company that based upon the closing bid price of its common stock for the last 30 consecutive business days, the Company did not maintain a minimum closing bid price of $1.00 per share or more that is required for continued listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2). Under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A), the Company has a grace period of 180 calendar days, or until March 15, 2010, in which to regain compliance."

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          Jeff Bishop

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