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aTyr Pharma Appoints Catharine E. Johnson As Senior Vice President of Business Development
Date:6/14/2010

SAN DIEGO, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- aTyr Pharma, Inc. today announced that Catharine E. Johnson, Ph.D. has recently joined the company as its Senior Vice President of Business Development.  Dr. Johnson's extensive biotechnology industry experience will help to advance aTyr Pharma's portfolio of resectin-based therapeutics. Resectins are a novel class of endogenous human proteins derived from aminoacyl tRNA synthetases, and have activities relevant to multiple disease areas, including autoimmunity, inflammation, and blood disorders. The privately held biotech was co-founded by Dr. Xianglei Yang and Dr. Paul Schimmel, a leading aminoacyl tRNA synthetase scientist and serial entrepreneur in the biotech sector.

Dr. Johnson brings a broad range of strategy and business development experience to aTyr. She was most recently Vice President, Corporate Development at Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (MNTA), where she managed corporate strategy and negotiated transactions related to the company's proprietary technology platform and product portfolio, including significant transactions with Novartis AG/Sandoz.  Dr. Johnson was previously a Principal at Atlas Venture, where she was responsible for new biotech investments and the management of portfolio companies.  She also served as head of business development at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for new business initiatives, strategic partnering, and alliance management, and her activities included key transactions with Novartis, Aventis, and Serono.  Dr. Johnson received her Doctorate from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Biological Chemistry.

"Catharine is an important addition to our senior management team,"
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