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High Hopes For Merck/AiCuris Late-Stage CMV Candidate Despite Chimerix Failure

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Chimerix Inc.'s dramatic Phase III flop of its oral antiviral brincidofovir in human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) was not a disappointment to everyone. Merck & Co. Inc. and its little-known German partner AiCuris, which have Phase III data due later this year on their oral product letermovir (AIC246), suddenly found themselves in the lead with a very promising next-generation candidate for the treatment of HCMV.

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