SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sutro Biopharma, a biopharmaceutical company developing novel and biosuperior protein therapeutics with improved pharmaceutical properties, today announced that it has appointed James A. Wells, Ph.D., and James R. Swartz, Sc.D., to its newly formed scientific advisory board (SAB). Prof. Wells will serve as Chairman of the SAB.
"We have brought together two leading scientific experts in the field of protein engineering to provide valuable insight and perspective as we advance Sutro's therapeutic pipeline and expand Sutro's collaborative work," said William Newell, chief executive officer of Sutro Biopharma. "Prof. Wells brings a depth of expertise in protein engineering that will be indispensable for our continued innovation and growth. Prof. Swartz is a leading expert in the field of cell-free protein synthesis, and Sutro's biochemical protein synthesis technology platform is based on his research."
Prof. Wells is Harry Wm. and Diana V. Hind Professor in pharmaceutical sciences and director of the Small Molecule Discovery Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His research focuses on the design of proteins and small molecules that trigger cellular processes in order to better understand and treat cancer and inflammation. Prof. Wells has over 20 years of industry experience, having founded Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, where he served as president and chief scientific officer. He was previously a founding scientist in Genentech's Department of Protein Engineering. He received his undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from Washington State University. Prof. Wells authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications.
"Sutro's technology has the ability to incorporate non-natural amino acids in every possible position and rapidly test these proteins," said Prof. Wells. "This is a novel protein engineering technology with unlimited potent
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