Toft Group Completes Search for Chief Financial Officer for aTyr Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: LIFE) in San Diego, CA

Executive search firm Toft Group has placed Jill Broadfoot as Chief Financial Officer at aTyr Pharma, Inc. in San Diego, CA. aTyr is a biotherapeutics company engaged in the discovery and development of innovative medicines based on novel immunological pathways.

Prior to joining aTyr Ms. Broadfoot served as Chief Financial Officer of Emerald Health Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Emerald Health Bioceuticals Inc. where she was responsible for establishing operations for the U.S.-based pharmaceutical and bioceuticals entities as well as the establishment of operations, corporate governance, finance and accounting and investor relations functions. Prior to Emerald Health, Ms. Broadfoot served as Vice President, U.S. Corporate Controller at GW Pharmaceuticals plc, and as Chief Financial Officer of Vical Inc. Before joining Vical, Ms. Broadfoot held various positions at DJO Global, Inc., most recently as Vice President of Finance. Ms. Broadfoot also served as an audit manager at Ernst & Young LLP. Ms. Broadfoot holds a B.S. in business administration and accounting from San Diego State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group is a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences and healthcare, with a focus on innovation-driven companies working at the intersection of biotech and high tech. Toft Group’s targeted, accurate search process translates into exceptional return-on-investment for clients nationwide.  The team’s extensive relationship network and diversity focus enables Toft Group to present more highly qualified and diverse candidates than clients would otherwise meet. Toft Group excels at quickly filling the hardest to hire leadership roles where talent is limited. The company has offices in the three major U.S. biotech hubs: San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston.

About aTyr

aTyr is a clinical-stage biotechnology company engaged in the discovery and clinical development of innovative medicines using its knowledge of tRNA synthetase biology. aTyr is focused on the therapeutic translation of the Resokine pathway, comprised of extracellular proteins derived from the histidyl tRNA synthetase (HARS) gene family. aTyr’s clinical stage ATYR1923 candidate augments the Resokine pathway and is designed to temper immune engagement in interstitial lung diseases. aTyr has built an intellectual property estate, to protect its pipeline, comprising over 250 issued patents or allowed patent applications that are owned or exclusively licensed, including over 300 potential protein compositions derived from tRNA synthetase genes.