Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ: SNTA) announced today that it has commenced an issuer directed, registered direct offering of its common stock. Shares will be priced at today's closing market value, and Synta expects to raise gross proceeds of approximately $40 million to $50 million. No underwriter or placement agent will be used in this transaction. Members of Synta’s Board of Directors are expected to participate in the offering. Net proceeds from the offering will be used to fund Synta's operations, including, research and development, clinical trials, manufacturing, intellectual property protection and enforcement, and working capital, and for other general corporate purposes. The securities described above are being offered by Synta Pharmaceuticals pursuant to a registration statement previously filed and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The securities may be offered only by means of a prospectus, including a prospectus supplement, forming a part of the effective registration statement. When available, copies of the final prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained directly from the Company at 45 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, Massachusetts 02421, Attn: Investor Relations (781-274-8200) or from the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. nor shall there be any sale of securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. About Synta Pharmaceuticals Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing small molecule drugs to extend and enhance the lives of patients with severe medical conditions, including cancer and chronic inflammatory diseases. Synta has a unique chemical compound library, an integrated discovery engine, and a diverse pipeline of clinical- and preclinical-stage drug candidates with distinct mechanisms of action and novel chemical structures. All Synta drug candidates were invented by Synta scientists using our compound library and discovery capabilities.