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Inhibitex Commences Dosing of Phase 2 Clinical Trial of INX-189 in HCV Infected Genotype 2/3 Patients
  Inhbitex nucleotide in Phase 2 - (10/05/11)

09/19/11 press release

Inhibitex, Inc. (Nasdaq: INHX), announced today that it has recently commenced dosing in a 90-patient randomized, placebo controlled, treatment guided, Phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability and antiviral activity of INX-189 in combination with pegylated interferon and ribavirin in chronic HCV-infected genotype 2 and 3 treatment naïve patients. The trial is designed to evaluate three once-daily doses of INX-189 (25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg) administered in combination with pegylated interferon and ribavirin for 12 weeks, and also includes a control arm in which patients will receive placebo and standard of care treatment (a combination of pegylated interferon and ribavirin for 24 weeks). Each INX-189 combination treatment cohort in the trial will include 25 patients, and the control arm will include 15 patients.

Patients in the INX-189 containing treatment arms that achieve an extended rapid viral response, or eRVR, defined as having HCV RNA below the level of detection after 28 days and 12 weeks of dosing, will stop all therapy after 12 weeks. Those patients who do not achieve an eRVR will continue receiving pegylated interferon and ribavirin for 12 additional weeks.

The Company also announced the initiation of an additional clinical trial of INX-189 designed to evaluate higher doses of INX-189 administered as monotherapy or in combination with ribavirin for seven days. The first cohort in this expanded Phase 1b trial will receive 200 mg INX-189 once daily as monotherapy. Other planned cohorts include 100 mg INX-189 twice daily as monotherapy, 100 mg INX-189 once daily in combination with ribavirin, and possibly higher monotherapy doses of INX-189. Each treatment cohort in the trial will include 10 patients, eight of which will receive INX-189 and two of which will receive placebo.

About HCV and INX-189

Hepatitis C is a disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is estimated that over 4 million Americans and 170 million individuals worldwide are infected with HCV, the majority of which represent chronic infections that can cause liver disease, cirrhosis and cancer, and is the leading cause of liver transplants in the United States.

Inhibitex is developing a series of proprietary nucleotide inhibitors that target the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (NS5b) of HCV. INX-189 is a protide of a 2'-C-methyl guanosine analogue. The Company believes that preclinical and clinical studies of INX-189 completed to-date support its potential as a potent, once-daily, low dose oral therapy amenable to combination with other antivirals for the treatment of patients with all known genotypes of HCV.

About Inhibitex

Inhibitex, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing products to prevent and treat serious infectious diseases. The Company's clinical-stage pipeline currently includes two Phase 2 development programs; INX-189, a nucleotide polymerase inhibitor in development for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infections and FV-100, a nucleoside analogue in development for the treatment of shingles-associated pain. The Company also has other HCV nucleotide polymerase inhibitors in preclinical development and has licensed the use of its proprietary MSCRAMM protein platform to Pfizer for the development of a staphylococcal vaccine, which is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. For additional information about the Company, please visit www.inhibitex.com.


Russell H. Plumb, 678-746-1136
Chief Executive Officer
The Trout Group
Lee M. Stern, 646-378-2922

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