Toft Group Completes Senior Vice President, Research Search for aTyr Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: LIFE) in San Diego, CA
aTyr Pharma, Inc., today announced that David J. King, PhD, has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Research. Dr. King will lead aTyr's research and preclinical efforts to advance its Physiocrine biology and support the clinical development of meaningful medicines that target immune and tissue homeostatic pathways for patients with various severe and rare diseases.
Robin Toft, Chief Executive Officer of Toft Group, Inc. said: “We are thrilled to have represented Dr. King and connected him with his new role as aTyr’s SVP, Research. We expect that he will make an exceptional contribution to the company’s goal of pursuing transformational science in order to make meaningful medicines for people with grave maladies where others fall short.”
Dr. King's industry experience is highlighted by his tenures at Medarex, Inc. (acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2009) and Celltech Therapeutics Ltd. (acquired by UCB in 2004). At Medarex, he led programs to identify therapeutic antibodies and played a key role in programs targeting novel biologics (including PD-1), and at Celltech, he directed the protein biochemistry and antibody engineering activities that led to the discovery and development of Cimzia. After Medarex, Dr. King served as Chief Scientific Officer at AnaptysBio, Inc. where he led research that developed a novel technology for generating antibody therapeutics, which was successfully used to generate innovative clinical candidates for a number of pharmaceutical partnerships and for internal development. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Research at Tunitas Therapeutics, where he led the company's research and preclinical activities. Dr. King received his B.S. from the University of Warwick and his Ph.D. from the University of Surrey, both in the United Kingdom, and was a Glaxo Group Research postdoctoral fellow.
"aTyr's identification of novel immune and fibrotic pathways represents an entirely new set of therapeutic intervention points, including agonists, such as our lead candidate Resolaris™, or potentially novel antagonists to other Physiocrine pathways," said Dr. King. "This promising organization is led by a highly talented and passionate team dedicated to a common mission of developing innovative medicines for severely afflicted patients. I am excited to support the development of the rapidly-progressing Resolaris program in rare myopathies with an immune component and the iMod.Fc program in pulmonary diseases with an immune and/or fibrotic component. aTyr represents a unique opportunity to bring forward the potential of Physiocrine pathways to new therapies in a broad range of severe diseases for patients that currently have limited treatment options."
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About aTyr Pharma
aTyr Pharma is engaged in the discovery and clinical development of innovative medicines for patients suffering from severe rare diseases using its knowledge of Physiocrine biology, a newly discovered set of physiological modulators. The Company's lead candidate, Resolaris™, is a potential first-in-class intravenous protein therapeutic for the treatment of rare myopathies with an immune component. Resolaris is currently in a Phase 1b/2 clinical trial in adult patients with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD); a Phase 1b/2 trial in adult patients with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy 2B (LGMD2B or dysferlinopathies) or FSHD; and a Phase 1b/2 trial in patients with an early onset form of FSHD. aTyr has built an intellectual property estate, to protect its pipeline, comprising over 80 issued or allowed patents and over 230 pending patent applications that are owned or exclusively licensed by aTyr, including over 300 potential Physiocrine-based protein compositions. aTyr's key programs are currently focused on severe, rare diseases characterized by immune dysregulation for which there are currently limited or no treatment options.