Biocryst Pharmaceuticals Elects Stanley C. Erck to its Board of Directors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that Stanley C. Erck has been elected to the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Erck has over twenty years of experience in the biotechnology industry, most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer at Iomai Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

"We are pleased to welcome Mr. Erck to our Board of Directors," stated Jon Stonehouse, President and Chief Executive Officer of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals. "Stan's experience leading biotech companies and his knowledge of managing a large advanced development contract from the Department of Health and Human Services will be of great value to BioCryst as the Company advances its clinical pipeline."

"BioCryst has a strong pipeline, management team and investor base," said Mr. Erck. "I look forward to sharing my experiences with the Department of Health and Human Services and developing late-stage infectious disease product candidates with BioCryst as the Company moves its product candidates toward commercialization."

From 2000-2008, Mr. Erck served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Iomai Corporation, leading the company through an initial public offering, a merger with Intercell, an Austrian vaccine company, and through the development of a late-stage infectious disease product candidate. Prior to Iomai, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Procept, a publicly traded immunology company; as Vice President, Corporate Development at Integrated Genetics (now Genzyme), and in management positions within Baxter International. In addition to his experience leading companies through the IPO process, Mr. Erck has successfully brought products into late-stage clinical trials and negotiated major alliances with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Mr. Erck currently sits on the Board of Directors of MacCyte and MdBio Foundation. Mr. Erck received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

About BioCryst

BioCryst is an integrated biopharmaceutical company utilizing crystallography and structure-based drug design to develop a deep pipeline of novel therapeutics targeting major illnesses. BioCryst is currently advancing investigational new drugs discovered in-house in late-stage clinical trials for influenza and lymphoma. In addition, the Company has a pre-clinical portfolio of novel compounds, directed against infectious, cardiovascular, and autoimmune disease targets, to create long-term sustainable value. The Company's strategic alliances with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Shionogi & Co., Ltd., Green Cross Corporation and Mundipharma International Holdings Ltd. validate its scientific foundation and the utility of its product candidates. For more information, please visit the Company's Web site at

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CONTACT: Stuart Grant, CFO, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, +1-205-444-4600, or
Susan Neath, Burns McClellan, +1-212-213-0006

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