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Enanta Initiates Phase 1 Study on EDP-322, an Oral Antibiotic With Activity Against Hospital- and Community-Acquired MRSA
Date:9/15/2008

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The Phase 1a, double-blind, placebo controlled study for EDP-322 announced today is a single ascending dose trial in healthy volunteers.

About Enanta's Bicyclolide Research Program

Bicyclolides posses a reengineered back-bone structure of traditional macrolide antibiotics. The discovery of Bicyclolide effectiveness against MRSA and VRE infections is part of Enanta's broad antibiotic research program. Enanta has applied several research strategies to develop these new classes of antibiotics, including innovative medicinal chemistry approaches to create novel and proprietary chemical structures. Enanta has applied its chemistry approach to create a promising pipeline of anti-infective drugs and a vast intellectual property estate.

About MRSA

More than 130,000 people each year need hospital care for MRSA infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that can live harmlessly on human skin and is found in the nose of 20 to 40 percent of healthy individuals, but can sometimes cause infections when exposed to broken skin. MRSA is a particular type of the bacteria that has developed resistance to many antibiotics, including methicillin, making it difficult to treat.

About Enanta

Enanta Pharmaceuticals is a research and development company that uses its novel chemistry approach and drug discovery capabilities to create best in class small molecule drugs in the anti-infective field. At the heart of Enanta is its commitment to innovative chemistry that surpasses traditional medicinal chemistry approaches. Enanta is developing novel protease, polymerase, and cyclophilin-based inhibitors targeted against the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Additionally, the Company has created a new class of macrolide antibiotics, called Bicyclolides, which overcomes bacterial resistance. Antibacterial focus areas include superbugs, respiratory tract infections, and i
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