Ingenuity Systems Licenses Pathways Analysis Software to Avalon Pharmaceuticals

Avalon to incorporate IPA 3.0 into its gene expression platform to facilitate drug discovery efforts

Redwood City, CA and Germantown, Maryland – January 10, 2006 – Ingenuity Systems and Avalon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq and ArcaEx®: AVRX) today announced that they have entered into an agreement whereby Avalon will license IPA 3.0, enhancing Avalon’s drug and target discovery process.
Avalon has a focused program to harness the power of gene disruption signatures for the isolation of drugs against previously “intractable” targets. The IPA 3.0 application is being applied to the AvalonRx® platform in several selected therapeutic areas to identify biomarkers, targets, and novel compounds.
IPA 3.0 enables researchers to model, analyze and understand the complex biological systems at the core of life science research.  With IPA, scientists can integrate their own biological discoveries into Ingenuity networks, providing more effective computation and functional analysis. The application is made particularly powerful because of the Ingenuity Knowledge Base, which contains 1.4 million biological relationships between genes and proteins, cells, tissues, and diseases, ensuring researchers can query multiple reputable resources in a seamless manner.

About Ingenuity Systems®
Ingenuity enables researchers to model, analyze and understand complex biological systems foundational to human health and disease. The Ingenuity products include pathways analysis software and knowledge bases for biologists and bioinformaticians, and enterprise knowledge management infrastructure, content and services for leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Ingenuity was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California with offices in Germany, Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

About Avalon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Avalon Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule therapeutics. Avalon seeks to discover and develop novel therapeutics through the use of a comprehensive, innovative and proprietary suite of technologies based upon large-scale gene expression analysis which it calls AvalonRx®. Avalon Pharmaceuticals was established in 1999 and is headquartered in Germantown, Maryland.
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