ROCHE AND BIOCRYST COLLABORATE ON CLINICAL COMPOUND BCX-4208 FOR TRANSPLANTATION

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Roche and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCRX) today announced an exclusive license to develop and commercialize BioCryst's phase I compound, BCX-4208, for the prevention of acute rejection in transplantation and for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. BCX-4208 is believed to have a potent ability to modulate T-cell activity. T-cells help the body determine when to initiate immune responses and when to accept or reject newly transplanted organs. By specifically modulating T-cell activity, BCX-4208 may offer transplant and autoimmune patients a more efficacious and tolerable treatment option.

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