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MicuRx Pharmaceuticals Selects Next-Generation Antibiotic Candidate Targeting MRSA and Expands Operation in China
Date:8/18/2008

UNION CITY, Calif. and SHANGHAI, China, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MicuRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation antibiotics, today announced the nomination of MRX- I as its first preclinical development candidate. MRX-I is an antibacterial molecule targeting multi-drug resistant gram-positive bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Simultaneously, the company expanded its operations in China to increase MicuRx' capacity in antibacterial drug discovery and development.

"Only 12 months after initial funding, we have discovered multiple drug leads and selected our first development candidate MRX-I, a promising antibacterial compound that we expect to be superior to many of the top- selling antibiotics available today," said Zhengyu Yuan, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of MicuRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "This enhanced productivity is owed in part to our hybrid business model that leverages the drug discovery capacity readily available in China and the superior management expertise in the United States."

"MRX-I and additional MicuRx pipeline leads have been identified using our proprietary drug discovery platform," commented Mike F. Gordeev, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief scientific officer of MicuRx. "We will continue to leverage this novel platform to further enhance the pharmacological properties and safety profile of clinically validated antibiotic classes, creating best-in-class antibiotics capable of addressing the growing problem of the bacterial multi-drug resistance."

MicuRx raised $10 million in 2007 with Morningside Group as the sole investor. To facilitate the development of its lead compounds and expand the research capacity, MicuRx recently moved its research and development operations in China to a new 10,000 square-foot facility in ZhangJian HighTech Park in Shanghai, China. The company intends to use this integra
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