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ALTEON ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBER

 NORTHVALE, N.J., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Alteon Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTN) announced today that Anthony Cerami, Ph.D., age 53, has been elected to the company's board of directors. Dr. Cerami fills Stephen Wong's term as director of the registrant. Mr. Wong, age 33, has retired for personal reasons. The number of board members will remain at seven.
 "Stephen Wong has been a valued director of the company, and we thank him for his contribution to Alteon's success to date. We are pleased that Dr. Cerami, who has been chairman of our Scientific Advisory Board since 1987, has agreed to undertake this additional role with the company. As a developer of the company's core technology, he can offer a unique contribution to the work of the board," commented Jere E. Goyan, Ph.D., Alteon's president and chief operating officer.
 Alteon is engaged in the discovery and development of products for the treatment of complications of diabetes and aging. These products are designed to inhibit, reverse and measure damage to cells, tissues and organs caused by advanced glycosylation end products (A.G.E.s), which are formed as a result of glucose in the body's circulatory system. Numerous studies in animal models have shown that aminoguanidine prevents A.G.E. formation and the progression of microvascular and macrovascular diabetic complications including nephropathy, retinopathy, neuropathy, hypertension and atherosclerosis.
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 /CONTACT: Jere E. Goyan, Ph.D., president and COO of Alteon Inc., 201-784-1010, or Anthony Russo, Ph.D. of Noonan/Russo Communications, Inc., 212-696-4455/
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