Cempra Holdings, LLC Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cempra Holdings, LLC, the parent holding company of Cempra Pharmaceuticals, Inc., today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to its proposed initial public offering.

Stifel Nicolaus Weisel, Leerink Swann LLC and Cowen and Company are serving as joint book-running managers for the offering. Needham & Company, LLC is acting as co-manager.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold, nor may offers to buy be accepted, prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful, prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. When available, copies of the preliminary prospectus relating to and describing the terms of the offering may be obtained from Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, One Montgomery Street, Suite 3700, San Francisco, California 94104, or by calling (415) 364-2720; Leerink Swann LLC, One Federal Street, 37th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110, or by calling (800) 808-7525; or Cowen and Company, LLC c/o Broadridge Financial Services, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, Attn: Prospectus Department, or by calling (631) 274-2806.

About Cempra Pharmaceuticals

Founded in 2006, Cempra Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing antibiotics to meet critical unmet medical needs in the treatment of bacterial infectious diseases, particularly respiratory tract infections and skin and skin structure infections. Our two lead product candidates have both completed oral Phase 2 clinical trials and seek to address the need for new treatments targeting drug-resistant bacterial infections in the hospital and in the community. The company also intends to use its proprietary macrolide library and chemistry technology to develop novel macrolides without antibacterial activity for non-antibiotic uses such as inflammatory and GI disorders. Additional information about Cempra can be found at www.cempra.com.

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