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Tracon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to Present at the BIOCOM Investor Conference

October 22, 2008

San Diego, CA – October 22, 2008 – Tracon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that Charles P. Theuer MD PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tracon, will present at the BIOCOM Investor Conference on October 27, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. Dr. Theuer will provide a company overview and update the status of Tracon’s clinical-stage antibody and small molecule programs, including highlights of data presented on October 23rd at the EORTC-NCI-AACR annual meeting held in Geneva.

About Tracon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tracon Pharmaceuticals ( is a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of products for oncology and ophthalmology treatment, including agents that inhibit angiogenesis. Tracon addresses unmet needs in these areas with first-in-class product candidates that will complement existing therapies. TRC093 is a monoclonal antibody that binds to cleaved collagen to inhibit angiogenesis and tumor growth that began dosing in a Phase 1 clinical trial in cancer patients in July, 2007. TRC105 is a monoclonal antibody that binds CD105 (endoglin) to inhibit angiogenesis that began dosing in a Phase 1 clinical trial in cancer patients in January, 2008. TRC102 is a small molecule that reverses resistance to chemotherapeutics that is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1 trial in combination with Temodar® and a Phase 1 trial in combination with Alimta®. TRC101 is a nanoliposome embedded with ceramide used to improve the activity and delivery of chemotherapeutics.

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