AVANIR to Present at the 11th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., February 3, 2009 - AVANIR Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AVNR)today announced that Keith Katkin, President and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the 11th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference on Tuesday, February 10 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time (6:30 a.m. Pacific time). This conference will be held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. The BIO CEO & Investor Conference is the largest conference focused on publicly traded biotechnology companies and provides participating companies with the opportunity to present to institutional investors, industry analysts, and business development and partnering executives. For more information visit www.ceo.bio.org.

A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available by visiting AVANIR's website at www.avanir.com. To listen to the live presentation, please go to AVANIR's website prior to the start of the presentation to register, download and install the necessary audio software. An archive of Mr. Katkin's presentation at the BIO CEO & Investor Conference will be available on the Company's website for 30 days.

About AVANIR

AVANIR Pharmaceuticals is focused on acquiring, developing, and commercializing novel therapeutic products for the treatment of chronic diseases. AVANIR's products and product candidates address therapeutic markets that include the central nervous system, inflammation, and infectious diseases. AVANIR's lead product candidate, Zenvia™, is being developed for the treatment of pseudobulbar affect (PBA) and diabetic peripheral neuropathic (DPN) pain. AVANIR has licensed its MIF inhibitor program to Novartis International Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and has sold its anthrax monoclonal antibody program to Emergent BioSolutions. The Company's first commercialized product, Abreva®, is marketed in North America by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and is the leading over-the-counter product for the treatment of cold sores. Further information about AVANIR can be found at www.avanir.com and further information about pseudobulbar affect can be found at www.PBAinfo.org.

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Feb 03, 2009