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Virobay Appoints David B. Karpf, M.D. as Chief Medicial Officer
Date:11/3/2011

MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Virobay, Inc., a privately held biotechnology firm with a broad portfolio of cathepsin protease inhibitors for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, neuropathic pain, liver diseases and cancer, today announced the appointment of David B. Karpf, M.D. as chief medical officer. Dr. Karpf has more than 20 years of experience in guiding the clinical development of novel therapeutics, both at growing biotechnology firms and within large pharmaceutical companies, including all phases of development and spanning multiple therapeutic areas. Dr. Karpf will be responsible for all clinical, regulatory and medical affairs functions related to advancing Virobay's growing pipeline of novel product candidates.  

"David joins Virobay at an exciting time," said Robert Booth, Ph.D., Virobay president and chief executive officer. "With our lead programs in neuropathic pain, autoimmune disease and liver fibrosis and earlier-stage programs in cancer advancing, we are well-positioned to capitalize on the broad therapeutic potential of this important new class of drugs. David's broad industry experience will be invaluable to our progress, and we are pleased to welcome him to the Virobay team."

"Virobay possesses excellent science and high quality research and development assets, combined with a culture of innovation and commitment to advancing differentiated therapies that represent major steps forward in treating serious chronic diseases," said Dr. Karpf. "Cathepsins and calpain are exciting and important new target classes that could yield novel therapies for a number of different important disease indications. I believe that Virobay has the potential to lead this industry effort, and am pleased to join this promising company."

Dr. Karpf brings to Virobay extensive experience in clinical product development, including successful interactions with the FDA and international regulatory agencies.  Dr.
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