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Pangu BioPharma, aTyr Pharma's Subsidiary in Hong Kong, Files Three Patent Applications
Date:6/29/2009

a, "In just over a year from incorporation in Hong Kong, Pangu BioPharma has demonstrated how well the government, university and industry partnership works. In that short time, with the support of HKUST and funding from the ITC, we have attracted a highly skilled group of scientists, established a well quipped lab at HKUST with the latest technology, and built an IP generating platform at the Pangu BioPharma operations that has already yielded data to support three new patent applications. These inventions are key components of aTyr Pharma's product generating engine, and are proof of the strong support Pangu BioPharma receives from the Hong Kong government and HKUST."

Professor Paul Schimmel of The Scripps Research Institute is a visiting scholar at the Institute of Advanced Science at HKUST and a co-founder of aTyr Pharma as well as Pangu BioPharma. Professor Schimmel was the driver behind building the partnership between aTyr and HKUST. An expert on tRNA synthetases, Paul Schimmel has also been the co-founder or founding director of numerous successful biotechnology companies, including Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Alnylam, Repligen Corporation, Alkermes, Inc., Momenta Pharmaceuticals and Cubist Pharmaceuticals, which were taken public on the NASDAQ and are well established as companies that develop and market new medicines. "This is an exciting time to launch a biotechnology endeavor in Hong Kong. The government and university system in Hong Kong have a powerful vision to translate their strengths in research into a thriving biotechnology industry that opens the door to the valuable resources of China. aTyr Pharma and Pangu BioPharma are at the forefront of this effort and are pleased to have the ITC and HKUST as partners. We particularly value the contributions of Professors Mingjie Zhang and Nancy Ip of the Biochemistry Department at HKUST, as well as Matthew Yuen of HKUST's Research and Development group," says Professor Schi
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