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aTyr Pharma Secures $23M Financing From Top Tier Venture Investor
Date:10/26/2010

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- aTyr Pharma, the physiocrine therapeutics company, today announced a $23 million Series C equity financing led by Domain Associates.  Domain joins existing venture investors Alta Partners, Cardinal Partners and Polaris Ventures, who also participated in the financing.  Proceeds will be used to accelerate the development of aTyr's preclinical pipeline and advance physiocrine drug candidates into clinical trials.  Physiocrines are a recently elucidated class of endogenous human proteins that function as extracellular signaling molecules in a variety of physiologic settings.  As either therapeutic proteins or as targets for antibodies, physiocrines have the potential to address a wide range of diseases, including high unmet patient needs in blood, immune, and metabolism disorders.

"Physiocrines offer a completely new set of physiologic extracellular pathways for developing novel therapeutics.  These natural human proteins function in normal and pathologic settings, yet act via mechanisms that are differentiated and potentially superior from other therapeutic approaches," said James C. Blair, Ph.D., Partner at Domain Associates.  "We believe multiple products within aTyr's portfolio offer promise for fundamentally improved patient care while achieving attractive commercial goals.  We are enthusiastic to work with aTyr's leadership team and existing syndicate to build a world class protein therapeutics enterprise."  

"Attracting investors with a successful track record in protein therapeutics further re-enforces the therapeutic promise of our new class of human proteins, physiocrines.  As the exclusive developer of physiocrine-based therapeutics, aTyr is well positioned by this recent financing to further build a strong, sustainable pipeline of innovative medicines for patients," said Jeff Watkins, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of aTyr Pharma.  "Our initial physiocrine
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