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Trius Appoints Don Batts and Ralph Corey to Clinical Advisory Board
Date:4/20/2009

Renowned Physicians Join World Class Group of Advisors

SAN DIEGO, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Trius Therapeutics, Inc. today announced the expansion of its Clinical Advisory Board, naming Donald H. Batts, MD, FACP, FIDSA, and G. Ralph Corey, MD, as the sixth and seventh members of the group of anti-infective thought leaders. Dr. Batts is a Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University and the Chief of Infectious Diseases at its Kalamazoo Campus. Dr. Corey is the Gary Hock Distinguished Professor of Global Health and the Director of the Hubert/Yeargan Center for Global Health and Director of Infectious Disease Research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

"Don and Ralph bring years of academic and industry experience to the Advisory Board that will benefit us as we advance torezolid into Phase 3 development," said Philippe Prokocimer, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Trius. "Collectively, their clinical development of anti-infectives has contributed to the approval of several important new drugs."

"Torezolid is one of the most compelling antibacterial drugs in the clinic so I look forward to advising Trius on its continued development," said Dr. Batts, who was lead investigator at the Upjohn Company for the development of linezolid, the sole marketed antibiotic in the oxazolidinone class.

"I look forward to working closely with Dr. Prokocimer and the rest of the Trius team to help develop the clinical and regulatory strategy for torezolid as it moves into Phase 3 testing," said Dr. Corey.

"The guidance that these distinguished clinicians provide will be critical not only for torezolid as it transitions into Phase 3 testing, but also for our preclinical programs as we advance them toward Phase 1 testing," said Jeffrey Stein, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Trius. "Our goal is to provide patients and physicians best-in-class therapeutic options to address the growing unmet need for safe and effective treatments for drug resistant bacterial infections in the hospital and in the community."

About Trius Therapeutics

Trius Therapeutics is discovering and developing innovative antibacterial drugs for the treatment of infections caused by drug-resistant pathogens. The company's lead drug candidate, torezolid, is a second generation oral and IV oxazolidinone antibiotic with potent activity against drug-resistant Gram-positive bacterial pathogens including those resistant to Zyvox(R), the only marketed antibacterial drug of the oxazolidinone class. Trius has licensed worldwide rights outside of Korea to torezolid from Dong-A Pharmaceuticals. Trius' pipeline includes two preclinical programs with lead candidates being developed to treat serious infections caused by Gram-negative bacterial pathogens. For more information, visit www.triusrx.com.


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