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Pharmasset Announces Proposed Public Offering of Common Stock
Date:1/18/2011

PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pharmasset, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRUS) announced today that it has commenced an underwritten public offering, subject to market and other conditions, of 3,000,000 shares of its common stock pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement.  Of the shares being sold, Pharmasset is selling 2,000,000 shares and the selling stockholders are selling 1,000,000 shares.  Pharmasset intends to grant to the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 450,000 shares of common stock. Citi is serving as sole book-running manager and Morgan Stanley is serving as co-lead manager for the offering.

Pharmasset intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of the shares by Pharmasset for general corporate purposes, which may include, but are not limited to, the funding of clinical trials, the funding of in-licensing agreements for product candidates, the funding of additional technologies or other forms of intellectual property and the acquisition of assets or businesses that are complementary to its existing business.

The shares described above are being offered by Pharmasset and the selling stockholders pursuant to an automatic shelf registration statement filed earlier today with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which became effective immediately upon filing.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained from Citi at Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220, Attention: Prospectus Department, 800-831-9146.

About PharmassetPharmasset is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing novel drugs to treat viral infections. Pharmasset's primary focus is on the development of oral therapeutics for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV).ContactRichard E. T. Smith, Ph.D. VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communicationsrichard.smith@pharmasset.comOffice: +1 (609) 613-4181Forward-Looking StatementsPharmasset "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release that are not historical facts, including, without limitation, statements regarding the proposed public offering and our expected use of proceeds, are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks, uncertainties and other important factors, including, without limitation, the risk that adverse events could cause the cessation or delay of the proposed offering or any of the ongoing or planned clinical trials and/or our development of our product candidates, the risk that we will be unable to apply the proceeds of the shares being sold by us in the offering as presently intended, the risk that the results of previously conducted studies involving our product candidates will not be repeated or observed in ongoing or future studies involving our product candidates, the risk that our collaboration with Roche will not continue or will not be successful, and the risk that any one or more of our product candidates will not be successfully developed and commercialized. For a discussion of risks, uncertainties and important factors, any of which could cause our actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and discussions of potential risks, uncertainties and other important factors in our subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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