Shareholder Files Derivative Complaint against Management and Board Members of Artes Medical, Inc.

- Complaint Filed in Superior Court, State of California, County of San Diego

BARRY RUBIN VS. CHRISTOPHER J. REINHARD, Case No. 37-2008-00091039-CU-NP-CTL, Filed 09/04/2008

- Complaint includes breach of fiduciary duty

SAN DIEGO--()--Dr. H. Michael Shack, Proxy Organizer shareholder of Artes Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARTE), announced today that a shareholder named Barry Rubin, filed a derivative complaint in Superior Court, State of California, County of San Diego against several members of Artes Medical, Inc.s current management team and its Board of Directors. The derivative complaint was filed for: Breach of fiduciary duty, breach of duty of loyalty, and waste of corporate assets. The complaint can be obtained by contacting MacKenzie Partners, Inc. at (212) 929-5500 or via e-mail at proxy@mackenziepartners.com.

People listed as defendants in the complaint are: CHRISTOPHER J. REINHARD, DOUGLAS ABEL, JOHN R CONSTANTINO, TODD C. DAVIS, BEVERLY A. HUSS, LON E. OTREMBA, ROBERT B. SHERMAN, MICHAEL K. GREEN, DIANE S. GOOSTREE, PETER C. WULFF, DAREN J. BARONE, and DOES 120.

Within the text of the complaint, several allegations against the current management team and board of directors are mentioned, which undermine their capabilities to be operating Artes Medical. Allegations included are: self-dealing, illegal tipping and excessive payments to former officers, channel stuffing, the Zeoli/Reinhard connection, poison pill, failure to hold annual meeting of stockholders, profit grants without shareholder approval, misleading financial statements for third quarter of 2007, and misleading statements to boost investor confidence.

The Proxy Organizer has retained MacKenzie Partners, Inc. to conduct the proxy solicitation and has requested a shareholder list from Artes Medical in order to communicate with shareholders concerning the efforts to replace the Board of Directors of Artes Medical, Inc. with a new slate proposed in the preliminary proxy statement.

If you have any questions, you can reach the Proxy Organizer's proxy solicitation firm of MacKenzie Partners, Inc. at (212) 929-5500 or via e-mail at proxy@mackenziepartners.com.

Contacts

Wolfe Axelrod Weinberger Associates, LLC
Stephen D. Axelrod, CFA (Investors)
212-370-4500
steve@wolfeaxelrod.com

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Contacts

Wolfe Axelrod Weinberger Associates, LLC
Stephen D. Axelrod, CFA (Investors)
212-370-4500
steve@wolfeaxelrod.com