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Ernest Mario, Ph.D., Named Chairman of Chimerix, Inc.
Date:2/20/2013

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Chimerix, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing novel, oral antivirals in areas of high unmet medical need, today announced the appointment of Ernest Mario , Ph.D., as Chairman of its Board of Directors.  

"Ernie brings to Chimerix a unique breadth and depth of experiences across large and early stage pharmaceutical firms.  His knowledge will be invaluable as we seek to progress our lead compound, CMX001, through Phase 3 clinical development and commercial launch," said Kenneth I. Moch , President and CEO of Chimerix.

During the course of his career, Dr. Mario has served as the CEO, Chairman and a director of several pharmaceutical companies.  From 1989 to 1993, he served as Chief Executive of Glaxo Holdings, plc, then the second-largest drug company in the world.  Dr. Mario led drug delivery technology company ALZA from 1993 until its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson in 2001.  He served as Chairman and CEO of Reliant Pharmaceuticals from 2003 until its acquisition by GlaxoSmithKline in 2007.  He also previously served as the Chairman of Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc, a multinational contract research organization, from 1993 to 2011.  Dr. Mario is currently Chairman and CEO of Capnia, a privately held pharmaceutical company. 

"With Ernie's remarkable record of building and leading successful pharmaceutical companies, he is the right person to help guide Chimerix as we seek to establish prevention of serious viral infections using CMX001 as the standard of care in immunocompromised patients," said James Niedel , M.D., Ph.D., who will relinquish the role of Chairman but will remain a member of Chimerix's Board of Directors.

"I am thrilled to be joining a Chimerix team that has already made great s
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