Angiotech announces date of annual general meeting of shareholders



    VANCOUVER, April 24 /CNW/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Angiotech")
(NASDAQ:   ANPI, TSX: ANP) today announced that its 2009 annual general meeting
of shareholders will take place on June 4, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time, at
the Westin Grand Vancouver, 403 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6L9. The
record date for shareholders entitled to receive notice of and vote at the
meeting will be April 27, 2009, and Angiotech expects to mail the meeting
materials to shareholders on or about May 4, 2009.

    About Angiotech

    Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and
medical device company with over 1,500 dedicated employees. Angiotech
discovers, develops and markets innovative treatment solutions for diseases or
complications associated with medical device implants, surgical interventions
and acute injury. To find out more about Angiotech (NASDAQ:   ANPI, TSX: ANP),
please visit our website at www.angiotech.com.





For further information:

For further information: DeDe Sheel, Investor Relations and Corporate
Communications, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (415) 293-4412,
dede.sheel@fd.com

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