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

he years of experience and discoveries made by founder Prof. Paul Schimmel, aTyr Pharma and Pangu BioPharma are identifying a broad platform of protein fragments derived from human aminoacyl tRNA synthetases. In his decades of research at MIT and now The Scripps Research Institute, Prof. Schimmel, has been a leader in discovering the many activities, roles and functions for this ancient class of enzymes and reported the first evidence that fragments and splice variants of these proteins have latent extracellular activities distinct from their intracellular roles in protein synthesis. With a wide variety of cell signaling activities, this class of unexplored peptides provides a reservoir of proteins with the potential to become blockbuster biotherapeutics ("Biologics").

Dr. Cai noted that "The ChinaBio Investors Forum provides a uniquely valuable platform for the leading biotech companies that are moving the China/Asia biotech community onto the global stage. It is a very motivating opportunity for me, helping investment groups identify the opportunity to share in the cutting edge of truly novel science while ultimately working towards better medicines for global patient populations."

About aTyr Pharma, Inc.

aTyr Pharma is a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on identifying and developing a novel class of naturally occurring protein biologics for therapeutic application. aTyr's research facility is headquartered in San Diego, California, with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

www.atyrpharma.com


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