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Cempra Announces Proposed Public Offering of Common Stock

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cempra, Inc. (Nasdaq: CEMP), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing differentiated antibiotics to meet critical medical needs in the treatment of bacterial infections, today announced its intention to offer and sell shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering pursuant to its existing shelf registration statement. The company also intends to grant to the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the shares of common stock sold in the public offering to cover over-allotments, if any. The company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund its planned IV-to-oral Phase 3 clinical trial of solithromycin in community acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP), working capital and general corporate and administrative expenses. The offering is subject to market and other conditions, and there can be no assurance as to whether or when the offering may be completed, or as to the actual size or terms of the offering.

Barclays, Stifel and Cowen and Company are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering.

The securities described above are being offered by Cempra pursuant to a registration statement previously filed and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities in this offering. The offering may be made only by means of a prospectus, copies of which may be obtained, when available, from Barclays Capital Inc. by calling 1-888-603-5847, or by mail at Barclays Capital Inc. c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, or by e-mail at; and from Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated by mail at One Montgomery Street, 36th Fl., San Francisco, CA 94104, by telephone at 415-364-2720 or by e-mail at

About Cempra, Inc.
Founded in 2006, Cempra, Inc. is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing antibiotics to meet critical medical needs in the treatment of bacterial infectious diseases.  Cempra's two lead product candidates are currently in advanced clinical development.  Solithromycin (CEM-101) is in a Phase 3 clinical trial for community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) and is licensed to strategic commercial partner Toyama Chemical Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, for certain exclusive rights in Japan.  TAKSTA™ (CEM-102) is Cempra's second product candidate currently in a Phase 2 clinical trial for prosthetic joint infections.  Both seek to address the need for new treatments targeting drug-resistant bacterial infections in the hospital and in the community. The company also intends to use its series of proprietary lead compounds from its novel macrolide library for uses such as the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases, endocrine diseases and gastric motility disorders. Additional information about Cempra can be found at

Please Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events. These statements are just predictions and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual events or results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: risks relating to the completion of the public offering, including the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and the use of anticipated proceeds; the results, timing, costs and regulatory review of our studies and clinical trials; our need to obtain additional funding and our ability to obtain future funding on acceptable terms; our anticipated capital expenditures and our estimates regarding our capital requirements; the results of studies of our product candidates conducted by others; the possible impairment of, or inability to obtain, intellectual property rights and the costs of obtaining such rights from third parties; our ability to obtain FDA approval of our product candidates; our dependence on the success of solithromycin and Taksta; and innovation by our competitors. The reader is referred to the documents that we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Investor Contacts:
Robert E. Flamm, Ph.D.
Russo Partners, LLC
(212) 845-4226

Andreas Marathovouniotis
Russo Partners, LLC
(212) 845-4235

Media Contact:
Karine Kleinhaus, M.D.
Russo Partners, LLC
(646) 942-5632

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