Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Feb 12, 2009

Momenta Pharmaceuticals Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year End 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb 12, 2009 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:MNTA), a biotechnology company specializing in the characterization and engineering of complex drugs, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008.

For the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company reported a net loss of $18.4 million, compared to a net loss of $14.3 million for the same period in 2007. For the year ended December 31, 2008, the Company reported a net loss of $62.6 million compared to a net loss of $68.9 million for the same period in 2007. At December 31, 2008, the Company had cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $108.5 million, compared to $135.9 million at December 31, 2007.

"During 2008 we achieved key milestones," commented Craig A. Wheeler, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Together with our partner Sandoz, we now have two abbreviated new drug applications for complex mixture products under review at the FDA, one for generic Lovenox(r) and one for generic Copaxone(r). As we enter 2009, I believe we are very well positioned with a significant product portfolio and strong financial resources," he concluded.

2008 Accomplishments:



 -- Submitted an amendment to Sandoz' abbreviated new drug application
    (ANDA) for M-Enoxaparin, a generic version of Lovenox, to the U.S.
    Food and Drug Administration that responded to the FDA's inquiry
    regarding the potential for immunogenicity of the drug product.

 -- Announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had accepted
    for review the ANDA for M356, a generic version of Copaxone.

 -- Announced positive Phase 1 results in healthy volunteers for M118,
    Momenta's novel product candidate, supporting its potential as an
    anticoagulant therapy in patients with acute coronary syndromes
    (ACS).

 -- Advanced the Company's follow-on biologics program by successfully
    adapting and applying Momenta's proprietary technology to the
    characterization of glycoproteins and other complex biologics.

 -- Strengthened the Momenta management team with the addition of
    James Roach, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer, Bruce Leicher, J.D.,
    as General Counsel and the appointment of James Sulat as Chairman
    of the Board of Directors.

 -- Completed a $24.1 million registered direct offering of Momenta
    stock.

Financial Results

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $2.9 million, compared to $10.0 million for the same period in 2007. For the year ended December 31, 2008, revenue was $14.6 million, compared to $21.6 million for 2007. The decrease in revenue in both periods was a result of decreased reimbursable expenses associated with the development of M-Enoxaparin.

Research and development expenses for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $15.4 million, compared to $19.6 million for the same period in 2007. For the year ended December 31, 2008, research and development expenses were $55.3 million, compared to $69.9 million for 2007. The decrease in research and development expenses in both periods was primarily due to decreased manufacturing and third-party research and development expenditures associated with our M-Enoxaparin and M356 programs.

General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2008 totaled $6.2 million, compared with $6.3 million for the same period in 2007. For the year ended December 31, 2008, general and administrative expenses were $24.6 million, compared to $28.2 million for 2007. The decrease in general and administrative expenses for the year was primarily due to a decrease in stock compensation expense and a decrease in professional fees.

Conference Call Information

Management will host a conference call on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 10:00 am EST to discuss these results and provide an update on the Company. To access the call, please dial (877) 857-6176 (domestic) or (719) 325-4802 (international) prior to the scheduled conference call time and provide the access code 8430535. A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the call and will be accessible through February 26, 2009. To access the replay, please dial (888) 203-1112 (domestic) or (719) 457-0820 (international) and provide the access code 8430535.

A live audio webcast of the call will be available on the "Investors" section of the Company's website, www.momentapharma.com. Please go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the call in order to register, download, and install any necessary software. An archived version of the webcast will be posted on the Momenta website approximately two hours after the call and will be available through March 14, 2009.

About Momenta

Momenta Pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company specializing in the detailed structural analysis of complex mixture drugs. Momenta is applying its technology to the development of generic versions of complex drug products, as well as to the discovery and development of novel drugs. Momenta was founded in 2001 based on technology initially developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

To receive additional information about Momenta, please visit the website at www.momentapharma.com, which does not form a part of this press release.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this press release regarding management's future expectations, beliefs, intentions, goals, strategies, plans or prospects, including statements relating to the FDA's review of, and inquiries regarding, our regulatory submissions, our product development plans, and the Company's revenue, expenses and other results of operations, including the quarter and year ended December 31, 2008, current and future development efforts and commercialization efforts, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "could increase the likelihood," "hope," "target," "project," "goals," "potential," "predict," "might," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "is planned," "may," "should," "will," "will enable," "would be expected," "look forward," "may provide," "would" or similar terms, variations of such terms or the negative of those terms. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors referred to in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2008 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the section "Risk Factors," as well as other documents that may be filed by Momenta from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of such risks, uncertainties and factors, the Company's actual results may differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements discussed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. Momenta is providing the information in this press release as of this date and assumes no obligations to update the information included in this press release or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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                     MOMENTA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
           Unaudited, Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                            (in thousands)

                                                  Dec. 31,   Dec. 31,
                                                    2008       2007
                                                 ---------  ---------
                       Assets

 Cash and marketable securities                  $ 108,531  $ 135,937
 Restricted cash                                     1,778      1,778
 Other assets                                       21,892     30,583
                                                 ---------  ---------
   Total assets                                  $ 132,201  $ 168,298
                                                 =========  =========

        Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 Current liabilities                             $  19,092  $  22,412
 Other liabilities                                  13,604     18,346
   Stockholders' equity                             99,505    127,540
                                                 ---------  ---------
   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity    $ 132,201  $ 168,298
                                                 =========  =========

                     MOMENTA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
              Unaudited Condensed Statement of Operations
               (in thousands, except per share amounts)

                            Three Months Ended        Year Ended
                               December 31,          December 31,
                           --------------------  --------------------
                              2008       2007       2008       2007
                           ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

 Collaboration revenue     $   2,941  $   9,998  $  14,570  $  21,561
 Operating expenses:
 Research and development*    15,377     19,592     55,301     69,899
 General and
  administrative*              6,200      6,255     24,591     28,219
                           ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Total operating expenses     21,577     25,847     79,892     98,118
                           ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Loss from operations        (18,636)   (15,849)   (65,322)   (76,557)
 Other income, net               266      1,559      2,685      7,676
                           ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Net loss                  $ (18,370) $ (14,290) $ (62,637) $ (68,881)
                           ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Basic and diluted net loss
  per share                $   (0.50) $   (0.40) $   (1.74) $   (1.93)
                           ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Shares used in computing
  basic and diluted net
  loss per share              36,476     35,695     35,960     35,639
                           ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

 *Includes stock-based
   compensation of the
   following:

 Research and development  $     382  $   1,234  $   3,124  $   4,792
 General and
  administrative           $   1,663  $   1,815  $   6,090  $   7,895

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SOURCE: Momenta Pharmaceuticals

Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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