updated 4/20/2011 7:46:24 AM ET 2011-04-20T11:46:24

WARRINGTON, Pa., April 20, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Discovery Laboratories, Inc. (Nasdaq:DSCO), will be presenting new data supporting its KL4 surfactant aerosolization program at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting (April 30 – May 3, 2011).  The presentations at the upcoming PAS congress, internationally recognized as the most relevant medical meeting dedicated to pediatric research, are as follows:

  • Aerosolized KL4 Surfactant Dose-Response in the Spontaneously Breathing CPAP-Supported Preterm Lamb; Wolfson, et al.
  • Novel Ventilator Circuit Adaptor for Combined Delivery of CPAP and Aerosolized Drugs to Premature Infants; Mazela,et al.

  • Aerosolized KL4 Surfactant Improves Gas Exchange and Survival in Spontaneously Breathing Piglets With HCl Induced Acute Lung Injury; Lampland, et al.

Dr. Thomas F. Miller, Chief Operating Officer of Discovery Labs, commented, "We are excited that results from these scientific collaborations will be presented to the pediatric critical care community, and especially pleased that new data relating to use of aerosolized KL4 surfactant in a model of Acute Lung Injury was accepted as a 'late-breaker' for platform presentation at the congress. We believe that our KL4 surfactant and aerosolization drug delivery system, including our capillary aerosol generator and proprietary patient interface technology, are being increasingly recognized as promising new tools to potentially address a wide range of respiratory disorders."

About The Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting

The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) consists of the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research and the Ambulatory Pediatric Association. The PAS annual meeting is recognized as the largest, most prestigious meeting dedicated to pediatric research and education in the world and brings together scientists and physicians with expertise in all areas of pediatrics. More than 5,000 pediatric healthcare providers, including approximately 1,100 neonatologists attend this meeting annually.

About Discovery Labs

Discovery Laboratories, Inc. is a biotechnology company developing surfactant therapies for respiratory diseases. Surfactants are produced naturally in the lungs and are essential for breathing.  Discovery Labs' novel proprietary KL4 Surfactant Technology produces a synthetic, peptide-containing surfactant that is structurally similar to pulmonary surfactant and is being developed in liquid, aerosol or lyophilized formulations. In addition, Discovery Labs' proprietary capillary aerosolization technology produces a dense aerosol, with a defined particle size that is capable of potentially delivering aerosolized KL4 surfactant to the deep lung without the complications currently associated with surfactant administration. Discovery Labs believes that its proprietary technology platform makes it possible, for the first time, to develop a significant pipeline of surfactant products to address a variety of respiratory problems for which there frequently are few or no approved therapies. For more information, please visit our website at www.Discoverylabs.com.

Forward Looking Statements

To the extent that statements in this press release are not strictly historical, all such statements are forward-looking, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. Examples of such risks and uncertainties, including those related to Discovery Labs' pre-clinical and clinical research and development activities, are described in Discovery Labs' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the most recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, and any amendments thereto. Except as otherwise required by law, Discovery Labs undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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         President and Chief Financial Officer

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