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BioCryst Initiates Enrollment in Pivotal Trial of Forodesine HCL in Patients with Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL)
Date:10/12/2007

provide data to establish forodesine HCL as a new treatment alternative for CTCL patients who have not responded to currently available therapies."

"Initiation of this pivotal trial is a great step forward toward our goal of getting our late-stage pipeline products to market," said Jon P. Stonehouse, President and Chief Executive Officer of BioCryst.

Forodesine HCL is a transition-state analog inhibitor of the target enzyme purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP). In addition to CTCL, the drug is currently being studied in clinical trials for indications including T and B- cell leukemia (T-ALL, B-ALL), and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

About BioCryst

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a leader in the use of crystallography and structure-based drug design for the development of novel therapeutics to treat cancer, cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases, and viral infections. The company is advancing multiple internal programs toward potential commercialization including forodesine HCL in oncology, BCX-4208 in transplantation and autoimmune diseases and peramivir in seasonal and life- threatening influenza. BioCryst has a worldwide partnership with Roche for the development and commercialization of BCX-4208, and is collaborating with Mundipharma for the development and commercialization of forodesine HCL in markets across Europe, Asia, Australia and certain neighboring countries. In January, 2007 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) awarded a $102.6 million, four-year contract to BioCryst for advanced development of peramivir to treat seasonal and life-threatening influenza. In February 2007 BioCryst established a partnership with Shionogi & Co., to develop and commercialize peramivir in Japan. For more information about BioCryst, please visit the company's web site at http://www.biocryst.com.

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