May 16 2011 InterMune Announces Presentation of Positive Pirfenidone Data at the International Conference of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) – New ASCEND trial

BRISBANE, Calif., May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — InterMune, Inc. (Nasdaq: ITMN) today announced that an oral presentation and a poster presentation related to the company’s development program for pirfenidone in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) will be presented at the 2011 International Conference of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), being held in Denver May 13-18, 2011.

IPF is a chronic respiratory disease with an estimated survival rate of only 20 percent after five years, which makes it more rapidly lethal than many cancers, including breast, ovarian and colorectal. There are currently no approved medicines available for IPF patients in the U.S.

“InterMune, as the world’s leader in research and development for IPF, continues to devote significant resources to investigate the benefit-risk profile of pirfenidone, and we are pleased to be able to present some of our new findings at ATS, the world’s leading scientific meeting for lung disease,” said Dan Welch, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of InterMune. “In addition to the data presented at ATS, we look forward to rapidly enrolling patients in ASCEND, a new Phase 3 trial of pirfenidone, which will commence in the U.S., Mexico, South America, Australia and New Zealand in June.”

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