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Chimerix Appoints Thomas Pitler, Ph.D., Vice President, Business Development
Date:5/6/2010

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Chimerix, Inc., a biotechnology company developing orally-available antiviral therapeutics, announced today that Thomas A. Pitler, Ph.D., has joined the company as Vice President, Business Development.

Dr. Pitler brings to Chimerix more than 25 years of experience, combining skills in business development and strategic planning with a strong scientific and financial background.  Dr. Pitler has overall responsibility for the business development activities at Chimerix, advancing and leveraging the company's deep pipeline of proprietary oral antiviral therapeutics in its transition to a development-stage company.  In this newly-created position, Dr. Pitler reports directly to Kenneth I. Moch, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"Tom brings to Chimerix the notable combination of industry deal-making with operations and research experience," said Mr. Moch.  "Tom is uniquely qualified to expand Chimerix's strategic alliances and opportunities to develop significant value from Chimerix's extraordinary pipeline of therapeutics against a range of challenging viral diseases.  We look forward to working with him."

Prior to joining Chimerix, Dr. Pitler was Senior Vice President, Chief Business and Financial Officer at Neurogen, Inc., which was recently acquired by Ligand Pharmaceuticals.   He joined Neurogen in 1995 as a scientist in research and development.  In 1999, he became head of business development, subsequently moving into business and corporate development positions of increasing responsibility.  While at Neurogen, Dr. Pitler was responsible for the in-licensing of a Phase II clinical-stage compound from Wyeth, and led multi-million dol
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