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InterMune Announces Senior Leadership Appointments to Prepare for Launch of Esbriet™ (Pirfenidone) in Europe
Date:12/17/2010

e conference ID# 33188579.  The webcast will remain available on the company's website until the next earnings call.

About Esbriet (pirfenidone)

Preclinical and in-vitro evidence has shown that Esbriet has both anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory effects.  In February 2009, InterMune announced the results of the company's two pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials evaluating Esbriet for the treatment of IPF, known as the CAPACITY trials.  In clinical studies, Esbriet was safe and generally well-tolerated, with the most frequent side effects reported being photosensitivity rash and gastrointestinal symptoms.  Since 2008, pirfenidone has been marketed in Japan as Pirespa® by Shionogi & Co. Ltd.

About InterMune

InterMune is a biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and hepatology.  InterMune has an R&D portfolio addressing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections.  The pulmonology portfolio includes Esbriet™ (pirfenidone) for which InterMune has completed a Phase 3 program in patients with IPF (CAPACITY).  The Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for Esbriet received a positive CHMP opinion that is now awaiting ratification by the European Commission.  The hepatology portfolio includes next-generation HCV protease inhibitor and NS5A research programs.  For additional information about InterMune and its R&D pipeline, please visit www.intermune.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that reflect InterMune's judgment and involve risks and uncertainties as of the date of this release, including without limitation the statements related to the anticipated receipt
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