SOURCE: AVI BioPharma, Inc.

AVI BioPharma, Inc.

May 03, 2010 08:05 ET

AVI BioPharma Announces First Quarter 2010 Financial Results and Corporate Update Conference Call

BOTHELL, WA--(Marketwire - May 3, 2010) -  AVI BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVII), a developer of RNA-based drugs, will report first quarter 2010 financial results after the NASDAQ Global Market closes on Monday, May 10, 2010. Subsequently, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time), J. David Boyle II, AVI's Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call to discuss the first quarter 2010 financial results and to provide a corporate update.

The conference call may be accessed by dialing 866.362.5158 for domestic callers and 617.597.5397 for international callers. The passcode for the call is 84089006 and please specify to the operator that you would like to join the "AVI BioPharma first quarter 2010 earnings call." The conference call will be webcast live under the events section of AVI's website at, and will be archived there following the call. Please connect to AVI's website several minutes prior to the start of the broadcast to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be necessary.

About AVI BioPharma

AVI BioPharma is focused on the discovery and development of RNA-based drugs utilizing proprietary derivatives of its antisense chemistry (morpholino-modified phosphorodiamidate oligomers or PMOs) that can be applied to a wide range of diseases and genetic disorders through several distinct mechanisms of action. Unlike other RNA therapeutic approaches, AVI's antisense technology has been used to directly target both messenger RNA (mRNA) and its precursor (pre-mRNA), allowing for both up- and down-regulation of targeted genes and proteins. AVI's RNA-based drug programs are being evaluated for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, including an ongoing systemic Phase 1b/2 clinical trial of exon skipping with AVI-4658. AVI's antiviral programs have demonstrated promising outcomes in Ebola Zaire and Marburg Musoke virus infections and may prove applicable to other viral targets such as Junín, influenza, HCV or Dengue viruses. For more information, visit

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