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Chimerix Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., April 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chimerix, Inc. (Nasdaq:CMRX), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel, oral antivirals in areas of high unmet medical need, announced today the pricing of its initial public offering of 7,320,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $14.00 per share. The shares of Chimerix's common stock are scheduled to begin trading on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "CMRX" on April 11, 2013. All of the shares of common stock are being offered by Chimerix. In addition, Chimerix has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,098,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any. The offering is expected to close on April 16, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.

Morgan Stanley and Cowen and Company are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. William Blair and Lazard Capital Markets are acting as co-managers.

A registration statement relating to these securities was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 10, 2013. The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from: Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attn: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014, or by calling toll free 1-866-718-1649 or emailing at prospectus@morganstanley.com; or Cowen and Company, LLC, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Attn: Prospectus Department, by calling (631) 274-2806, or faxing (631) 254-7140.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

About Chimerix and CMX001

Chimerix is committed to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel, oral antiviral therapeutics designed to transform patient care in areas of high unmet medical need. The Company's proprietary lipid technology has given rise to two clinical-stage lipid acyclic nucleoside phosphonates, CMX001 and CMX157, which have demonstrated the potential for enhanced activity and safety in convenient, orally administered dosing regimens.

Chimerix's lead product candidate, CMX001, is a broad spectrum, oral nucleotide analog lipid-conjugate that blocks replication of double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) viruses, including cytomegalovirus (CMV), adenovirus (AdV), BK virus and herpes simplex virus. CMX001 has completed Phase 2 clinical development for the prevention of CMV in hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients. Chimerix is also conducting a Phase 2 study in HSCT recipients which is evaluating CMX001 as a preemptive therapy for AdV disease, an often-fatal infection which has no approved therapies. Since 2009, Chimerix has made CMX001 available under expanded access regulations to over 80 transplant centers worldwide for the treatment of over 430 patients with life-threatening dsDNA viral infections. Chimerix anticipates initiating SUPPRESS, its Phase 3 study of CMX001 for the prevention of CMV infection in adults undergoing HSCT, in 2013.

Chimerix is also developing CMX001 as a potential medical countermeasure against smallpox under a contract from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

Chimerix's second product candidate, CMX157, an oral nucleotide analog lipid-conjugate in Phase 1 development for the treatment of HIV infection, was licensed to Merck in July 2012.

CONTACT: CHIMERIX CONTACTS: Rebecca Heath, 919.972.7124 Elizabeth Kelly, 919.972.7109 MEDIA CONTACT: Tony Plohoros 908.940.0135 tplohoros@6degreespr.com INVESTOR CONTACT: Lillian Stern 212.362.1200 lilian@sternir.comSource:Chimerix, Inc.