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Chimerix to Present at Infocast's 9th Annual Biodefense Vaccines & Therapeutics Conference
Date:7/20/2011

DURHAM, N.C., July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Chimerix, Inc., a biotechnology company developing orally-available antiviral therapeutics, announced today that George Painter, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board and Chief Scientific Officer, will participate on a panel at Infocast's 9th Annual Biodefense Vaccines & Therapeutics Conference on July 22nd, 2011, 10:30 am ET. The conference is being held at the Almas Temple Club in Washington, D.C. on July 20-22, 2011, and will provide vital information about new public health initiatives to facilitate growth in the nation's biodefense medical countermeasures pipeline.

Dr. Painter will participate on a panel entitled: "New Approaches to Drug Resistance and Emerging Infectious Disease," which will focus on the challenge of drug resistance and the public health threats posed by emerging infectious diseases. Discussion topics will include Chimerix's antiviral development efforts, key challenges that biotechnology companies face in addressing drug resistance, and what companies are looking to obtain from the government and other partners to overcome this challenge.

Chimerix's lead compound, CMX001, is being developed as a potential broad spectrum oral antiviral for the treatment of life-threatening double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) viral diseases, including herpes viruses, adenoviruses and orthopox viruses. CMX001 is also being developed as a biodefense countermeasure in the event of a smallpox release. The growing body of evidence of CMX001's antiviral activity against all five families of dsDNA viruses that cause morbidity and mortality in humans, including smallpox, has strengthened the compound's potential as a dual-use product prescribed as a traditional pharmaceutical and stockpiled as a biodefense countermeasure. To date, more than 550 patients have been dosed with CMX001 in ongoing placebo-controlled clinical trials and in open-label treatment protocols for the prophylaxis, preemption and treatment of dsDNA viru
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