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NASDAQ Welcomes Chimerix, Inc. to The NASDAQ Stock Market

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NEW YORK, April 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) announced today that trading of Chimerix (Nasdaq:CMRX), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel, oral antivirals in areas of high unmet medical need, commenced on The NASDAQ Stock Market on April 11, 2013.

"Since its inception, Chimerix has consistently looked for new, relevant ways to provide patients with innovative care," said Nelson Griggs, Senior Vice President, NASDAQ OMX. "We are thrilled to welcome Chimerix to The NASDAQ Stock Market, which is home to more than 72 percent of healthcare companies listed on U.S. markets. We look forward to supporting Chimerix and its shareholders in its endeavors as a public company."

Chimerix is focused on transforming patient care in areas of high unmet medical need through the discovery, development and commercialization of novel, oral antiviral therapeutics. Chimerix's proprietary lipid technology has led to two clinical-stage compounds, CMX001 and CMX157, which have demonstrated the potential for enhanced antiviral activity and safety in convenient, orally administered dosing regimens.

Since its inception, NASDAQ OMX has consistently been the exchange of choice for progressive and cutting-edge healthcare companies like Chimerix, which joins six other companies in the sector to begin trading on The NASDAQ Stock Market in 2013, including Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, KaloBios Pharmaceuticals and Health Insurance Innovations.

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About Chimerix (Nasdaq:CMRX)

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.

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