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aTyr Pharma to Present at ChinaBio(R) Investor Forum in Hong Kong
Date:3/16/2009

Dr. James Cai, President of Hong Kong-based subsidiary Pangu BioPharma to Speak

SAN DIEGO, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- aTyr Pharma, a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on discovery and development of an entirely new class of natural protein therapeutics (biologics) for multiple disease indications, announced today that it will participate at the ChinaBio(R) Investor Forum in Hong Kong on 19 March 2009. Dr. James Cai, Senior Vice President of Clinical Development a aTyr Pharma and President of the Hong Kong based subsidiary Pangu BioPharma, will give an overview of aTyr's Discovery and Development program in the afternoon on Thursday, March 19th. The event will take place at the Hong Kong Science Park (http://www.chinabiollc.com/events/CBIF2009-HK/overview).

"aTyr Pharma and its Hong Kong subsidiary, Pangu BioPharma, are exactly the types of companies we seek out to present at our events," said Greg Scott, president and founder of ChinaBio LLC, organizer of the ChinaBio(R) Investor Forums. "aTyr's platform is strongly rooted in novel science, and Pangu is leveraging the best of China and Hong Kong through its research efforts here. We expect that aTyr will be very attractive to the over 50 VCs attending the Investor Forum."

aTyr has successfully raised Series A and Series B funds from leading U.S. based venture capital firms, including Alta Partners, Cardinal Partners and Polaris Venture Partners. In addition to supporting the company's continued platform discovery efforts, aTyr's management team is also preparing for preclinical development and Phase I studies for their first biologics drug candidate.

aTyr Pharma and Pangu BioPharma have a novel platform of naturally occurring protein fragments that can be developed into biologic agents for treating a wide variety of diseases. Capitalizing on t
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