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Cempra to Receive BARDA Funding for 1b and Start-Up of Phase 2/3 Solithromycin Pediatric Studies

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Nov. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cempra, Inc. (Nasdaq:CEMP), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing antibiotics to meet critical medical needs in the treatment of bacterial infectious diseases, today announced it has received authorization under its existing contract for the next phase of its contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) that will provide funding of $16.0 million for two clinical studies of solithromycin. Pediatric patients from newborn to age 17 years who are enrolled in the study may receive intravenous, oral suspension or oral capsule formulations of solithromycin, an investigational, fourth generation macrolide antibiotic. In a recently completed Phase 1a study conducted in pediatric patients age 12 to 17 years, solithromycin oral capsules were well tolerated and demonstrated a pharmacokinetic profile similar to that seen in adults.

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