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Chimerix Joins International Network of Organizations to Cure Malaria
Date:4/2/2009

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Chimerix, Inc., a biotechnology company developing orally available antiviral therapeutics, announced today that the Company has joined the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and its network of public-private partnerships to discover, develop and facilitate the delivery of new, effective and affordable antimalarial drugs. The MMV will screen Chimerix' chemical library to identify activity against malaria, and any lead candidates that result will be developed in partnership with South African-based iThemba Pharmaceuticals.

"Chimerix has developed a proprietary approach to discovering compounds active against a broad range of viral diseases that we believe may be valuable in identifying compounds to combat malaria," said Dr. George Painter, CEO of Chimerix. "Malaria has been seen as an African epidemic, but really its impact is worldwide. As members of the global community, we are all responsible for contributing to the end of this disease. Further, by collaborating with iThemba, we can concomitantly support the growth and development of a sustainable biotech community in South Africa."

"The eradication of malaria is now at the top of MMV's agenda," stated Chris Hentschel, President and CEO of MMV. "We have reprioritized our research accordingly and are now placing greater emphasis on the urgent need to fill MMV's antimalarial R&D portfolio with promising, wholly new compounds that could be developed into highly effective drugs to treat malaria. We are delighted to be working with Chimerix and expect that this collaboration will result in exciting compounds that can not only treat malaria but also potentially tackle emerging resistance, stop malaria transmission, and target the rarer Plasmodium vivax malaria too."

"The intellectual and technological support from Chimerix is an important contribution to malaria research," said Dr. Dennis Liotta,
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