May 20, 2021

Atea Pharmaceuticals Appoints Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., to Board of Directors

Former U.S. Surgeon General Brings Wealth of Clinical and Public Health Experience

BOSTON, May 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atea Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of next-generation therapeutics for severe viral infections, today announced the appointment of Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., to its Board of Directors. Dr. Adams most recently served as Surgeon General of the United States and brings a wide range of experience spanning clinical practice, clinical research, public health, and government agency leadership.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Adams to our Board of Directors, as his unique experience as Surgeon General during the COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly help guide Atea as we continue to advance our antiviral pipeline, including our global Phase 3 MORNINGSKY trial of AT-527 for the treatment of COVID-19,” said Jean-Pierre Sommadossi, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Atea Pharmaceuticals.

“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of citizens and governments throughout the world on public health and infectious diseases is extremely high. With AT-527, Atea has the potential to bring an easily administered oral antiviral to help in the fight against this global public health crisis. I am looking forward to lending my expertise to help advance this important program, while also supporting Atea in the development of its broader antiviral pipeline for severe viral diseases,” commented Dr. Adams.

Dr. Adams served as the 20th Surgeon General of the United States from 2017 to 2021, where he focused on the opioid epidemic and was a member of the COVID-19 Task Force. Prior to that, he served as the State Health Commissioner for Indiana from 2014 to 2017, where he presided over Indiana’s efforts to deal with state-wide, unprecedented HIV outbreak. Before beginning his public service in 2014, Dr. Adams was a practicing anesthesiologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Indiana University. Earlier in his career, Dr. Adams was a Clinical Research Assistant at Eli Lilly and Company. He has served in leadership positions at a number of professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Indiana State Medical Association, and the Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists.

Dr. Adams received a B.S. in Biochemistry and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland and holds an M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine.

About Atea Pharmaceuticals

Atea Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing therapies to address the unmet medical needs of patients with life-threatening viral diseases. Leveraging the Company’s deep understanding of antiviral drug development, nucleos(t)ide chemistry, biology, biochemistry and virology, Atea has built a proprietary nucleotide prodrug platform to develop novel product candidates to treat single stranded ribonucleic acid, or ssRNA, viruses, which are a prevalent cause of severe viral diseases. Currently, Atea is focused on the development of orally-available, potent, and selective nucleotide prodrugs for difficult-to-treat, life-threatening viral infections, including severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, dengue virus, hepatitis C virus (HCV) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

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Jonae Barnes
SVP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Will O’Connor
Stern Investor Relations