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Sirna Therapeutics (RNAI) To Present At Leerink Swann/MEDA Inaugural Health Care Conference

10/19/2005 5:12:52 PM

BOULDER, Colo., March 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sirna Therapeutics, Inc. , announced today that Martin Schmieg, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sirna, will present at the Leerink Swann & Company/MEDACorp Inaugural Health Care Conference on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 12:00 p.m., Noon, EST. The conference will be held in New York City.

The presentation will be available via live webcast beginning March 1 and can be found at Sirna's web site at The webcast will also be archived on the Company's web site for 30 days through March 31, 2005.

About Sirna Therapeutics

Sirna Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing RNAi-based therapies for serious diseases and conditions, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Huntington's disease, diabetes, asthma, oncology, and hair removal. Sirna has initiated a Phase 1 clinical trial for its most advanced compound, Sirna-027, a chemically modified siRNA targeting the clinically validated vascular endothelial growth factor pathway to treat AMD. The Company has strategic partnerships with Eli Lilly, Targeted Genetics and Archemix and a leading intellectual property portfolio in RNAi. More information on Sirna Therapeutics is available on the Company's web site at

Statements in this press release which are not strictly historical are "forward-looking" statements which should be considered as subject to many risks and uncertainties. For example, there is a very significant risk that promising pre-clinical results cannot be reproduced in the clinic. Furthermore, Sirna's ability to develop products and to operate as a going concern are contingent upon having readily available cash to fund its operating programs and are subject to the escalating expenses and risks associated with the initiation of clinical trials and their potential outcomes. Other risks and uncertainties include Sirna's early stage of development and short operating history, whether Sirna can achieve and maintain profitability, whether Sirna can obtain and protect patents, the risk of third-party patent infringement claims, whether Sirna can engage collaborators and obtain regulatory approval for products, Sirna's concentration of stock ownership, and availability of materials for product manufacturing. These and additional risk factors are identified in Sirna's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Forms 10-K and 10-Q and in other SEC filings. Sirna undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

CONTACT: Martin E. Schmieg, Sr. Vice President & CFO of Sirna Therapeutics, Inc., +1.303.449.6500 or Gregory Tiberend, The Ruth Group, +1.646.536.7005

Sirna Therapeutics, Inc.

CONTACT: Martin E. Schmieg, Sr. Vice President & CFO of SirnaTherapeutics, Inc., +1-303-449-6500 or Gregory Tiberend, The Ruth Group,+1-646-536-7005

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