PARIS, Nov. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ABIVAX (Euronext Paris: FR0012333284 - ABVX), an innovative biotechnology company targeting the immune system to eliminate viral disease, today announced that it will host a Key Opinion Leader luncheon for investors focused on novel approaches to HIV therapy at 12:00pm Eastern Time on Monday, November 28, 2016. The meeting will feature a keynote presentation by key opinion leader Professor Ian McGowan, MD, PhD, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, who will discuss current and novel approaches to the treatment of HIV. ABIVAX's CEO, Professor Hartmut J. Ehrlich, MD, and Chief Medical Officer, Jean-Marc Steens, MD, will provide an overview of the Company's ongoing clinical development work with ABX464, a novel, first-in-class small molecule inhibiting HIV replication through an entirely novel mechanism of action. Topline data from a second Phase IIa study in HIV patients in France, Belgium, and Spain are expected for the end of 2016/early 2017. Encouraging results of the first Phase IIa study in HIV-positive, treatment-naïve patients were reported early in 2016, indicating that ABX464 monotherapy was safe and well tolerated in this patient population, and that it demonstrated anti-viral activity. Dr. Ian McGowan is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He qualified in medicine at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK and has additional doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford (Mucosal Immunology) and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (Microbicide Development). For the last decade, Dr. McGowan has been the Principal Investigator of the University of Pittsburgh-based Microbicide Trials Network (MTN), an HIV/AIDS clinical trials network established in 2006 by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, he has an active translational research program focused on the development of long-acting injectable antiretrovirals and rectal microbicides for HIV prevention. Dr. McGowan has also served as a consultant for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and is a former Chair of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Antiviral Drug Advisory Committee.