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Atea Pharmaceuticals Announces First Patient Dosed in Global Phase 3 MORNINGSKY Trial of AT-527 for Treatment of COVID-19

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BOSTON, April 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Atea Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVIR) (“Atea”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the first patient has been dosed in the Phase 3 MORNINGSKY trial, a global multicenter trial evaluating AT-527 in mild or moderate COVID-19 patients in an outpatient setting. The trial, which is anticipated to enroll approximately 1,400 non-hospitalized adults and adolescents with mild to moderate COVID-19, is currently enrolling patients at clinical trial sites outside the United States. MORNINGSKY is expected to have an extensive global footprint and will include a large number of clinical sites worldwide, including Japan.

AT-527 is an orally administered, direct-acting antiviral in development and derived from Atea’s purine nucleotide prodrug platform. Under a strategic collaboration, Roche and Atea are jointly developing AT-527 for the treatment of COVID-19.

“This pivotal milestone demonstrates a focused effort with our strategic partner Roche to globally advance the development of an oral therapeutic for COVID-19 that has the potential for broad use in early stages of the disease,” said Jean-Pierre Sommadossi, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Atea Pharmaceuticals. “With the initiation of this global Phase 3 program, we are one step closer to achieving our goal of providing an easily administered oral, direct-acting antiviral in the fight against this global pandemic.”

Dr. Sommadossi continued, “As a direct-acting antiviral, AT-527 aims to prevent disease progression by inhibiting viral replication and thereby reducing the severity of disease, preventing or shortening hospitalization, and also potentially preventing transmission of the virus to others. This makes it well-suited for potential use in both pre- and post-exposure prophylactic settings and complementary to vaccines.”

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