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

program heading to the clinic, Tmax, for treating thrombocytopenia, will serve as our first proof of concept for this exciting class of protein-based therapeutics."

As part of the financing Dr. James C. Blair will serve as a Director for the company, joining current board members Mr. John Clarke, Dr. David Mack, Dr. John Mendlein, Dr. Amir Nashat, Dr. Paul Schimmel and Dr. Jeff Watkins.

About Physiocrines

Physiocrines are a new class of extracellular proteins that modulate signaling pathways in a variety of physiological processes.  Physiocrines are derived from tRNA synthetases, which function intracellularly, and thus were overlooked by genomic discovery efforts.  These endogenous human proteins have a broad range of activities and act through a variety of receptor classes, via mechanisms distinct from current pharmaceuticals, and have applications relevant to a number of therapeutic areas ranging from immunology and hematology to metabolism disorders.

About aTyr Pharma

aTyr Pharma develops biologic therapeutics based on physiocrines, and is currently focusing on developing products to improve patient care in immune, metabolic, and hematologic indications.  aTyr Pharma has established a dominant intellectual property estate surrounding physiocrine based compositions and therapeutic applications. The company's leading program, Tmax, is in preclinical development.  The privately held biotech was founded by Dr. Paul Schimmel, a leading aminoacyl tRNA synthetase scientist and biotechnology entrepreneur, and John Clarke from Cardinal Partners.  aTyr Pharma is backed by leading life sciences investors Alta Partners, Cardinal Partners, Domain Associates and Polaris Ventures. For more information please visit www.atyrpharma.com


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