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Abide Therapeutics Appoints Nancy Thornberry to Board of Directors
Date:7/29/2014

SAN DIEGO, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Abide Therapeutics announced today the appointment of Nancy Thornberry to its board of directors. Thornberry was previously senior vice president and franchise head, Diabetes and Endocrinology for Merck & Co. Inc., where she led discovery, clinical research, strategy and overall pipeline management in diabetes, osteoporosis, fertility and contraception. Thornberry, a distinguished pharmaceutical scientist, initiated and co-led the program that resulted in the discovery of JanuviaTM, an inhibitor of DPP-4, a serine hydrolase, for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Abide has pioneered innovative technologies to selectively target serine hydrolases, one of the largest enzyme families involved in regulating human physiology.

"Nancy has been an invaluable member of our scientific advisory board," said Alan Ezekowitz, MBChB, D.Phil., president and CEO of Abide Therapeutics. "As we advance our programs into the clinic, Nancy's in-depth knowledge of drug discovery and development will be invaluable. Additionally, her expertise in the serine hydrolase space will be advantageous in advising the Company on target selection and validation."

"As a member of Abide's scientific advisory board for the past year, I have seen firsthand the potential of Abide's disruptive technologies and the talent of the Company's team," said Thornberry. "As many know, DPP-4 is a member of the serine hydrolase family and inhibitors of this enzyme have proven to be important in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. With more than 200 members, the serine hydrolase family is involved in many key aspects of human physiology and disease. As a member of the board of directors, I look forward to helping Abide reach the full potential of their unique and powerful approach to target a validated but largely unde
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