PRINCETON, N.J., March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pharmasset, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRUS) today announced that it will webcast an investor event from the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) on Saturday, April 2, 2011 starting at 8:00pm CET. During this webcast, management will review Pharmasset's progress on the programs that are the subject of presentations at EASL.
To access a simultaneous webcast of this event via the internet, log on to the "Events & Presentations" section of the Investor Center on Pharmasset's website at http://investor.pharmasset.com/events.cfm. Please connect to the website at least ten minutes prior to the start of the presentation to ensure adequate time for a reliable connection and any software download that may be necessary for the webcast.
"Once Daily PSI-7977 plus PegIFN/RBV: Rapid Virologic Suppression in Treatment Naive Patients with HCV GT2/GT3 in a Phase 2b Trial" will be presented in the HCV Drug Development session on Friday, April 1 at 4:15pm CET. Authors of the study are Lalezari, J. et al.
"Once Daily PSI-7977 Plus Peg-IFN/RBV in HCV GT1: 98% Rapid Virologic Response, Complete Early Virologic Response: The PROTON Study" will be presented in a late breaker poster session on Thursday, March 31. Authors of the study are Nelson, DR. et al.
"PSI-352938, A Novel Purine Nucleotide Analog, Exhibits Potent Antiviral Activity and No Evidence of Resistance in Patients With HCV Genotype 1 Over 7 Days" will be presented in a poster session on Saturday, April 2. Authors of the study are Rodriguez-Torres M. et al.
"Mechanism of HCV Replicon Resistance to PSI-352938, a Cyclic Monophosphate Prodrug of 2'-alpha-F-2'-beta-C-Methylguanosine" will be presented in a poster session on Saturday, April 2. Authors of the study are Lam A. et al.
"Once Daily Dual-Nucleotide Combination of PSI-938 and PSI-7977 Provides 94% HCV RNA
Pharmasset is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing, and commercializing novel drugs to treat viral infections. Pharmasset's primary focus is on the development of oral therapeutics for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV). Our research and development efforts focus on nucleoside/tide analogs, a class of compounds which act as alternative substrates for the viral polymerase, thus inhibiting viral replication. We currently have three clinical-stage product candidates. RG7128, a cytosine nucleoside analog for chronic HCV infection, is in two Phase 2b clinical studies in combination with Pegasys® plus Copegus® and is also in the INFORM studies, the first series of studies designed to assess the potential of combinations of small molecules without Pegasys® and Copegus® to treat chronic HCV. These clinical studies are being conducted through a strategic collaboration with Roche. Our other clinical stage HCV candidates include PSI-7977, an unpartnered uracil nucleotide analog that is currently dosing in two Phase 2b studies in patients with HCV genotypes 1, 2, or 3, and PSI-938, an unpartnered guanosine nucleotide analog which recently completed a 14-day monotherapy study and a 14-day combination study with PSI-7977. We also have in our pipeline an additional purine nucleotide analog, PSI-661, in advanced preclinical development.
Pegasys® and Copegus® are registered trademarks of Roche.
Contact Richard E. T. Smith, Ph.D. VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Office: +1 (609) 613-4181
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