Company News: Curetis AG and Cempra, Inc. Collaborate on the Detection of Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia Pathogens

– Cempra to use Curetis’ Unyvero™ solution in its Phase III trial of its antibiotic solithromycin (CEM-101) –

Curetis AG and Cempra Inc. (NASDAQ: CEMP) today announced a research and development collaboration to incorporate Curetis’ Unyvero™ molecular diagnostic system into Cempra’s upcoming global Phase 3 trial of the oral formulation of solithromycin in patients with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP).

Under the terms of the agreement, each party may use the generated data for its own product development and for its regulatory filings.

Cempra’s randomized, double-blind Phase 3 trial comparing solithromycin against a comparator drug is expected to enroll over 800 patients in more than 100 clinical sites worldwide. Sputum samples from patients will be sent to Curetis for analysis with its Unyvero™ Solution and the CE-marked Unyvero™ P50 Pneumonia Application Cartridge. Molecular diagnostic data generated from the Unyvero™ Solution will be paired with clinical and traditional microbiology data to enhance the pathogen diagnosis rate in the trial. The trial is expected to start during the fourth quarter of 2012 and enrollment is expected to be completed in 2014.