Maxygen, Inc. (Nasdaq:MAXY), a biotechnology company, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved an increase to the company’s current stock repurchase program from $10.0 million to $20.0 million. The repurchase program expires on December 31, 2011.

Since December 2009, Maxygen has repurchased approximately 11.7 million shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of approximately $63.5 million, including approximately 1.7 million shares repurchased under the current repurchase program since June 2011 at an aggregate cost of approximately $9.5 million.

Under the current repurchase program, Maxygen may repurchase its common stock from time to time, in amounts, at prices and at such times as it deems appropriate. Maxygen may make repurchases in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions, in accelerated repurchase programs, in structured share repurchase programs, or pursuant to a 10b5-1 plan. Any repurchases will be conducted in compliance with the SEC’s Rule 10b-18 and applicable legal requirements and will be subject to market conditions and other factors. The program does not obligate Maxygen to acquire any particular amount of common stock and the program may be modified or suspended at any time at the company's discretion. Any repurchases will be funded from available cash on hand.

As of June 30, 2011, Maxygen held approximately $171.4 million in cash and cash equivalents and remains eligible for a payment of up to $30.0 million from Bayer HealthCare LLC related to the sale of hematology assets to Bayer in July 2008.

About Maxygen

Maxygen is a biotechnology company focused on the potential further development of its MAXY-G34 product candidate, a next-generation pegylated, granulocyte colony stimulating factor, or G-CSF, for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced neutropenia and acute radiation syndrome (ARS). For more information, please visit

Cautionary Statement Regarding Maxygen Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements related to the timing and extent of any stock repurchases, Maxygen’s ability or plans to commence or continue the development of MAXY-G34 for any indication and the timing and status of any such development, and the potential receipt by Maxygen of any portion of the payment from Bayer. These statements are based on the current expectations and beliefs of Maxygen’s management and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict, and are based upon assumptions as to future events that may not prove accurate. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include strategic alternatives, transactions or events related to Maxygen’s business or assets and global economic and market conditions, as well as other factors described in Maxygen’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, especially in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections, and its Current Reports on Form 8-K and other SEC filings. Maxygen is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except to the extent required by applicable law.

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