CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDIX), a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of drugs for the treatment of human viral diseases, today announced the advancement of its hepatitis C virus (HCV) development pipeline.
IDX719: NS5A ProgramIdenix announced today the initiation of a phase I clinical trial of the Company's NS5A inhibitor, IDX719. The first part of the study will evaluate safety, pharmacokinetics and food effect of IDX719 in 48 healthy volunteers. A subsequent part of the study will evaluate three days of IDX719 treatment in treatment-naïve genotype 1 HCV-infected patients and is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2012. Preclinical studies have shown that IDX719 has potent, pan-genotypic activity
in vitro with the potential for once-daily dosing.
IDX19368 and IDX19370: Nucleotide Prodrug ProgramFurther, the Company has selected two additional nucleotide inhibitors, IDX19368 and IDX19370, as potential clinical candidates. The Company anticipates Investigational New Drug (IND) filings in mid-2012.
"Over the past year, Idenix has made significant progress in both our core nucleotide and NS5A programs," commented
Ron Renaud, President and Chief Executive Officer of Idenix. "The preclinical profile of IDX719 is very competitive, and we are leveraging the Company's significant nucleotide chemistry expertise to discover novel nucleotides with promising properties as well as continuing to strengthen our IP position. We are excited about the potential of our novel antiviral compounds in the evolving HCV field in the coming year."
2011 Year-end Cash BalanceIdenix today reported that it ended 2011 with approximately $118.3 million of cash and cash equivalents. The Company's 2011 financial results have not yet been audited.
ABOUT IDENIXIdenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of drugs for the treatment of human viral diseases. Idenix's current focus is on the treatment of patients with hepatitis C infection. For further information about Idenix, please refer to www.idenix.com.
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