Cempra, Inc. to Present at The 21st Annual Future Leaders in the Biotech Industry Conference and Needham & Co. 12th Annual Healthcare Conference

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., March 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cempra, Inc. (Nasdaq:CEMP) today announced that Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Cempra, will present at The 21st Annual Future Leaders in the Biotech Industry Conference at 11:30 a.m. EDT, Friday, March 28, at the Millennium Broadway Hotel & Conference Center in New York City and at the Needham & Co. 12th Annual Healthcare Conference at 12:50 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, April 9, at The Westin New York Grand Central in New York City. Dr. Fernandes will discuss the company's two differentiated antibiotics, solithromycin (CEM-101) for community-acquired bacterial pneumonia and TAKSTA (CEM-102 or fusidic acid) for the chronic, oral treatment of Gram-positive pathogens including methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) in prosthetic joint infections.

About Cempra, Inc.

Founded in 2006, Cempra, Inc. is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing antibiotics to meet critical medical needs in the treatment of bacterial infectious diseases. Cempra's two lead product candidates are currently in advanced clinical development. Solithromycin (CEM-101) is in a Phase 3 clinical trial for community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) and is licensed to strategic commercial partner Toyama Chemical Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, for certain exclusive rights in Japan. TAKSTA™ (CEM-102) is Cempra's second product candidate, which is currently in a Phase 2 clinical trial for prosthetic joint infections. Both seek to address the need for new treatments targeting drug-resistant bacterial infections in the hospital and in the community. The company also intends to use its series of proprietary lead compounds from its novel macrolide library for uses such as the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases, endocrine diseases and gastric motility disorders. Additional information about Cempra can be found at www.cempra.com.

Please Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events. These statements are just predictions and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: the results, timing, costs and regulatory review of our studies and clinical trials; the results of studies of our product candidates conducted by others; our ability to obtain FDA approval of our product candidates; our dependence on the success of solithromycin and Taksta; our need to obtain additional funding and our ability to obtain future funding on acceptable terms; our anticipated capital expenditures and our estimates regarding our capital requirements; the possible impairment of, or inability to obtain, intellectual property rights and the costs of obtaining such rights from third parties; and innovation by our competitors. The reader is referred to the documents that we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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