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Idenix Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter and Nine Month Financial Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: IDIX), a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of drugs for the treatment of human viral and other infectious diseases, today reported unaudited financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2008. At September 30, 2008, Idenix's cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled approximately $60.1 million.

2008 Year-to-Date Business Highlights

-- Idenix completed its phase I/II study of IDX899, a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) being developed for the treatment of HIV-1, which demonstrated potent antiviral activity at all doses tested. Patients receiving once-daily IDX899 achieved a mean plasma viral load reduction of approximately 1.8 log10 after seven days of treatment in each of the 800 mg, 400 mg, 200 mg and 100 mg dosing cohorts (n=8 per treatment group). Patients receiving placebo (n=8) had a mean viral load increase of 0.10 log10 over the same treatment period. The safety profile of IDX899 observed during this study was comparable to placebo, with no serious adverse events reported and no pattern of adverse events or laboratory abnormalities observed on treatment. Additionally, no patients who received treatment discontinued the study.

-- Idenix also continued to advance its HCV discovery and development programs, successfully completing a first-in-man phase I study of IDX184, a nucleotide prodrug candidate, and initiating the IND-enabling preclinical studies for IDX375, a non-nucleoside polymerase inhibitor, and IDX136 and IDX316, macrocyclic protease inhibitor drug candidates.

"As we advance our HCV and HIV discovery and development programs, we remain excited about the opportunities ahead for Idenix," said Jean-Pierre Sommadossi, Ph.D., chairman and chief executive officer of Idenix.

For the third quarter ended September 30, 2008, Idenix reported total revenues of $2.1 million, compared with total revenues of $10.9 million in the third quarter of 2007. The decrease was primarily due to a decline of $7.4 million in reimbursements of research and development costs from Novartis Pharma AG, Idenix's collaboration partner. Idenix reported a net loss of $16.9 million, or a loss of $0.30 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter ended September 30, 2008, compared to a net loss of $30.5 million, or a loss of $0.54 per basic and diluted share for the third quarter ended September 30, 2007.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2008, Idenix reported total revenues of $5.8 million, compared with total revenues of $55.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2007. The majority of the decrease was due to $30.4 million in lower reimbursements of research and development costs from Novartis, a decrease of $10.0 million due to lower milestone revenue in 2008 as compared to 2007 and $9.3 million due to lower license fee revenue. The company reported a net loss of $56.3 million, or a loss of $1.00 per basic and diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2008, compared with $65.0 million, or a loss of $1.16 per basic and diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2007.

2008 Financial Guidance

Idenix currently expects to end 2008 with approximately $45 to $50 million of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, assuming no milestone payments, license fees, reimbursement for development programs, and assuming no financing activities during the remainder of 2008.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Idenix will hold a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET. To access the call please dial (800) 471-3635 U.S./Canada or (706) 758-9475 International and enter passcode 69258196. To listen to a live webcast of the call, go to "Calendar of Events" in the Idenix Investor Center at Please log in approximately 10 minutes before the call to ensure a timely connection. A replay of the conference call and webcast will be available until November 13, 2008. To access the replay, please dial (800) 642-1687 U.S./Canada or (706) 645-9291 International and enter the passcode 69258196.

About Idenix

Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of drugs for the treatment of human viral and other infectious diseases. Idenix's current focus is on the treatment of infections caused by hepatitis C virus and HIV. For further information about Idenix, please refer to

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward- looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "expect," "plans," "anticipates," "will," or similar expressions, or by express or implied statements with respect to the company's clinical development programs or commercialization activities in HIV or hepatitis C, or any potential pipeline candidates and expectations with respect to additional milestone payments, future royalty payments and cash balances at the end of 2008. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. There can be no guarantees that historical sales of Tyzeka(R)/Sebivo(R) (telbivudine) will in any way suggest future royalty payments or royalty rates owed to the company, or that the company will advance any clinical product candidate or other component of its potential pipeline to the clinic, to the regulatory process or to commercialization. In particular, management's expectations could be affected by unexpected regulatory actions or delays; uncertainties relating to, or unsuccessful results of, clinical trials, including additional data relating to the ongoing clinical trials evaluating its product candidates; the company's ability to obtain additional funding required to conduct its research, development and commercialization activities; the company's dependence on its collaboration with Novartis Pharma AG; changes in the company's business plan or objectives; the ability of the company to attract and retain qualified personnel; competition in general; and the company's ability to obtain, maintain and enforce patent and other intellectual property protection for its product candidates and its discoveries. These and other risks which may impact management's expectations are described in greater detail under the caption "Risk Factors" in the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other filings that the company makes with the SEC.

All forward-looking statements reflect the company's expectations only as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as reflecting the company's views, expectations or beliefs at any date subsequent to the date of this release. Idenix anticipates that subsequent events and developments may cause these views, expectations and beliefs to change. However, while Idenix may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.

Idenix Pharmaceuticals' Contacts:

Media: Teri Dahlman (617) 995-9905

Investors: Amy Sullivan (617) 995-9838





Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended

September 30, September 30,

2008 2007 2008 2007


Collaboration revenue

- related party $2,089 $9,153 $5,568 $52,178

Other revenue 56 1,735 212 3,248

Total revenues 2,145 10,888 5,780 55,426

Operating expenses (1):

Cost of sales 456 277 1,266 514

Research and

development 12,933 18,421 41,938 65,545

Selling, general and

administrative 6,457 18,393 21,428 54,070

Restructuring and

impairment charges ----- 6,439 297 6,439

Total operating

expenses 19,846 43,530 64,929 126,568

Loss from operations (17,701) (32,642) (59,149) (71,142)

Investment income and

other income, net 137 1,718 1,562 5,498

Loss before income

taxes (17,564) (30,924) (57,587) (65,644)

Income tax benefit 673 375 1,330 624

Net loss $(16,891) $(30,549) $(56,257) $(65,020)

Basic and diluted net

loss per share: ($0.30) ($0.54) ($1.00) ($1.16)

Shares used in

calculation of basic

and diluted net loss

per share: 56,454 56,189 56,363 56,162

(1) Stock-based compensation expenses included in operating expenses

amounted to approximately:

Research and

development $439 $553 $1,565 $2,444

Selling, general

and administrative 851 1,326 2,607 3,859

Restructuring and

impairment charges ----- 968 ----- 968





September 30, December 31,

2008 2007


Cash and cash equivalents $45,695 $48,260

Marketable securities 6,935 39,862

Receivables from related party 984 11,196

Other current assets 3,218 4,401

Total current assets 56,832 103,719

Intangible asset, net 12,677 13,548

Property and equipment, net 14,054 15,460

Marketable securities, non-current 7,461 23,882

Other assets 4,337 3,931

Total assets $95,361 $160,540


Accounts payable and accrued expenses $12,165 $21,809

Deferred revenue, related party 5,764 8,372

Other current liabilities 667 553

Total current liabilities 18,596 30,734

Long-term obligations 17,538 19,107

Deferred revenue, related party, net

of current portion 36,028 41,861

Total liabilities 72,162 91,702

Stockholders' equity 23,199 68,838

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $95,361 $160,540

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