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Protagonist Therapeutics Names David Liu Chief Scientific Officer
Date:5/30/2013

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc. today announced the appointment of David Y. Liu , Ph.D. as Chief Scientific Officer. A 26-year veteran of the biotechnology industry, Dr. Liu is a former Vice President of Research and a Corporate Officer at FibroGen Inc. with deep rooted knowledge and expertise in the fields of inflammation and fibrosis.

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"David's impressive track-record in basic discovery, translational research and clinical development of drugs for inflammatory indications will serve Protagonist well as our company advances its novel peptides from  discovery to preclinical and clinical stage development for both our own pipeline and that of our collaborators," said Dinesh V. Patel , Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Protagonist Therapeutics. "We are very pleased to welcome him to the Protagonist management team."

David Y. Liu was most recently Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Trenovus, Inc., as well as a strategic advisor to several other biotechnology companies.  Prior to that he spent more than seven years at FibroGen, Inc. with management responsibility for all therapeutic research and drug discovery, including interim leadership of the Clinical Development department. These efforts resulted in two first-in-class drugs currently in phase 3 clinical trials for the treatment of anemia and in phase 2 for the treatment of deep organ fibrosis. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as Director of Inflammation Research at Scios, Inc., now part of Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Liu's career began with Cetus Corporation (since acquired by Chiron and now Novartis), COR Therapeut
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