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Ultragenyx Appoints Tom Kassberg as Chief Business Officer and Announces Management Team
Date:11/21/2011

ence from Merck/Dey, BioMarin, Diamics and Health Plan of the Redwoods.

Heading up the Clinical Operations function, Ms. Maurer has over 25 years of clinical research experience with Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly and BioMarin.  She started with Ultragenyx as a consultant and assisted with the company's first pre-IND filing.  Ms. Maurer is a Registered Nurse, and received a B.S. in Nursing from Seattle Pacific University.

Ultragenyx has also retained Barbara Kosacz, Head of the Life Sciences practice at Cooley LLP, as Legal Counsel. Ms. Kosacz' experience and prominence in biotechnology deal-making should help drive the growth of Ultragenyx as a top tier rare disease company.  

About Ultragenyx

Ultragenyx is a privately held, developmental stage biotechnology company committed to bringing life-enhancing therapeutics for patients with rare and ultra-rare genetic diseases, also known as orphan diseases, to market.  The company focuses on metabolic and rare diseases that may affect small numbers of patients, but for which the medical need is high and there are no effective treatments. Ultragenyx intends to build a sustainable pipeline of safe and effective therapies to address these clinically underserved diseases.  Ultragenyx' lead program, UX001, is being evaluated as a potential treatment for GNE Myopathy, also known as hereditary inclusion body myopathy (HIBM).

The company is led by Emil Kakkis, M.D., Ph.D., a recognized industry leader in rare disease research and development, and has assembled an experienced management team in rare disease therapeutics.  Ultragenyx' investors include TPG Biotech and Fidelity Biosciences, HealthCap and Pappas Ventures.  Ultragenyx is creating an improved model for successful rare disease drug development that has the potential to increase efficiency and effectiveness by changing the way the process is organized and conducted. The company believes that
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