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Roche and InterMune Initiate Phase 2b Clinical Trial of RG7227/ ITMN-191 in Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C
Date:8/19/2009

BASEL, Switzerland and BRISBANE, Calif., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Roche (SIX: ROG.VX; RO.S, OTCQX: RHHBY) and InterMune, Inc. (Nasdaq: ITMN) today announced that the first patient has been dosed in a Phase 2b study evaluating the hepatitis C virus (HCV) protease inhibitor, RG7227/ ITMN-191, in combination with PEGASYS(R) (pegylated interferon alfa-2a) and COPEGUS(R) (ribavirin). The study, to be conducted at 45 sites globally, will further define the safety and efficacy profile of RG7227/ ITMN-191, for a treatment duration of up to 24 weeks. Approximately 300 treatment-naive patients chronically infected with HCV genotype 1 - the most difficult to treat form of the virus - will participate.

RG7227/ ITMN-191 is being developed in partnership by Roche and InterMune. Initiation of the Phase 2b trial triggered a $20 million event payment from Roche to InterMune under the companies' collaboration agreement.

Frank Duff, M.D., Head of Roche's Clinical Development for Virology, said, "This trial represents an important step forward in the development of this oral direct-acting antiviral (DAA), and builds on the encouraging clinical safety and efficacy data generated to date."

Dan Welch, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of InterMune, said, "We are very pleased to announce with our colleagues, Roche, the start of the global Phase 2b program of RG7227/ ITMN-191 in treatment-naive HCV patients. This study will significantly expand the clinical efficacy and safety database for RG7227/ ITMN-191, and in the first quarter of next year provide our first look at the rapid virologic response (RVR) rates associated with this triple therapy."

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