February 10, 2022

Atea Pharmaceuticals Appoints Nancy Gail Berry Agrawal, Ph.D., as Executive Vice President of Preclinical Development

Pharmaceutical Research Leader Brings More Than 25 Years of Drug Discovery and Development Experience from Merck

BOSTON, Feb. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atea Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of oral direct acting therapeutics for severe viral diseases, today announced the appointment of Nancy Gail Berry Agrawal, Ph.D., as Executive Vice President of Preclinical Development. Dr. Agrawal previously served as Vice President of Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Drug Metabolism at Merck & Co., Inc.

“We are delighted to welcome Nancy to the Atea team. Her broad scientific and managerial experience in both drug discovery and drug development spanning across multiple therapeutic areas at Merck, will enrich our scientific and clinical endeavors,” said Jean-Pierre Sommadossi, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Atea Pharmaceuticals. “Nancy’s multifaceted and deep experience developing antivirals and other therapeutics will contribute to and inform the growth, expansion and acceleration of our development pipeline.”

Dr. Agrawal succeeds Steven Good, Executive Vice President of Preclinical Sciences as Mr. Good transitions this year from his role at Atea to retirement. Mr. Good has served as Atea’s Executive Vice President of Preclinical Science since Atea’s inception and greatly contributed to the advancement of the Company’s pipeline.

“This is an exciting time to join Atea as it is broadening its pipeline and developing innovative new drug candidates that are designed to transform global treatment paradigm for patients suffering from a variety of severe viral diseases for which there are limited or no pharmaceutical treatment options,” said Dr. Agrawal. “I am looking forward to becoming a part of the Atea team and to participating in the realization of Atea’s vision of becoming a global leader in the discovery and development of oral direct-acting antivirals.”

Dr. Agrawal joins Atea after having spent more than 25 years in roles of increasing responsibility at Merck & Co., Inc., most recently as Vice President of Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Drug Metabolism. Prior roles at Merck & Co. included Associate Vice President of Formulation Sciences, Associate Vice President of Biopharmaceutics and Specialty Dosage Forms and Associate Vice President of Preclinical Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, and Excretion.

Dr. Agrawal holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Dr. Agrawal has authored more than three dozen peer-reviewed publications.

About Atea Pharmaceuticals

Atea Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing oral 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, hepatitis C virus (HCV), dengue virus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). For more information, please visit www.ateapharma.com.

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