updated 4/19/2011 8:17:17 AM ET 2011-04-19T12:17:17

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., April 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Icagen, Inc. (Nasdaq:ICGN) today announced that management will participate in the Antiepileptic Drug Trials XI Conference to be held April 27 through April 29, 2011 at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, Florida. Greg C. Rigdon, Ph.D., Vice President, New Product Development, will summarize recent clinical study results and plans for next steps in the development of ICA-105665 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 29, 2011.

About Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a disorder characterized by episodic abnormal electrical activity in the brain resulting in seizures, which are characterized by involuntary changes in body movement or function, sensation, awareness, or behavior. There are many causes of epilepsy, including a history of central nervous system trauma, tumor, bleeding, certain metabolic conditions and certain genetic conditions. Approximately 3.0 million Americans are affected by epilepsy.

About ICA-105665

ICA-105665 is a selective opener of certain subtypes of KCNQ potassium channels. KCNQ channels have been validated by both genetic and physiologic evidence as playing an important role in certain conditions characterized by abnormal neuroexcitability, such as seizures, and potentially also chronic pain disorders. In preclinical testing, ICA-105665 has demonstrated a broad spectrum of activity in seizure models, including models of treatment-resistant seizures, as well as efficacy in certain models of pain.

About Icagen

Icagen, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel orally-administered small molecule drugs that modulate ion channel targets. Utilizing its proprietary know-how and integrated scientific and drug development capabilities, Icagen has identified multiple drug candidates that modulate ion channels. The Company is conducting research and development activities in a number of disease areas, including epilepsy, pain and inflammation. The Company has two clinical stage programs in epilepsy and pain. To learn more about Icagen, please visit our website at www.icagen.com .

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "intends," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations described in these forward-looking statements are set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in Icagen's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on March 9, 2011. These risk factors include risks as to Icagen's ability to raise additional funding; Icagen's history of net losses and how long Icagen will be able to operate on its existing capital resources; general economic and financial market conditions; Icagen's ability to maintain compliance with Nasdaq's continued listing requirements; whether Icagen's product candidates will advance in the clinical trials process; the timing of such clinical trials; whether the results obtained in preliminary studies will be indicative of results obtained in clinical trials; whether the clinical trial results will warrant continued product development; whether and when, if at all, Icagen's product candidates, including ICA-105665 and Icagen's other lead compounds for epilepsy and pain, will receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or equivalent regulatory agencies, and for which indications, and if such product candidates receive approval, whether such products will be successfully marketed; and Icagen's dependence on third parties, including manufacturers, suppliers and collaborators. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.

CONTACT:  Richard D. Katz, M.D.
          EVP, Finance and Corporate Development, 
          Chief Financial Officer
          Icagen, Inc.
          (919) 941-5206
          rkatz@icagen.com

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