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Novira Therapeutics Announces Appointment of Roger J. Pomerantz, M.D., F.A.C.P., as Chair of Scientific Advisory Board
Date:8/26/2014

DOYLESTOWN, Pa., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Novira Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies for curative treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, today announced that Roger J. Pomerantz, M.D., F.A.C.P., was appointed the Chair of its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). In this role he will also function as a Senior Advisor to the Company. 

"We are thrilled to have Roger join our SAB as Chair," said Christian Schade, Chief Executive Officer at Novira.  "Roger brings a wealth of pharma and biotech experience in drug development which will be invaluable to Novira as we continue to advance NVR-1221, our novel HBV core inhibitor program, currently in clinical development for chronic HBV infection."

Dr. Pomerantz added, "I very much look forward to working with the Novira team and members of the SAB as they continue to develop this very important compound. NVR-1221 leads a new class of antiviral agents that may offer a curative approach to patients with chronic HBV infection."

Dr. Pomerantz is President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Seres Health and was Senior Vice President and Worldwide Head of Licensing & Acquisitions at Merck & Co., Inc. where he oversaw all licensing and acquisitions at Merck Research Laboratories. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Global Franchise Head of Infectious Diseases at Merck. Prior to joining Merck, Roger was Global Head of Infectious Diseases for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, responsible for all anti-infective agents worldwide. He joined Johnson & Johnson in 2005 as President of Tibotec Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He has been responsible for leading the development of 8 approved drugs for HIV, HCV and MDR-TB. Previously, Roger received his B.A. in Biochemistry at the Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. at the Johns
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