aTyr Pharma Appoints Sanuj Ravindran, M.D., As Chief Business Officer

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- aTyr Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: LIFE), a biotherapeutics company engaged in the discovery and development of Physiocrine-based therapeutics to address severe rare diseases, today announced that Sanuj Ravindran, M.D., has joined the company as Chief Business Officer. Dr. Ravindran will lead aTyr's corporate development and strategy efforts, including the planning and execution of strategic growth initiatives as the company advances its mission to make meaningful medicines for patients with serious diseases.

"As we continue to realize the promise of Physiocrines, harnessing the body's natural immune processes to develop new treatments for rare diseases, we are thrilled with the addition of Dr. Ravindran to our team," said John Mendlein, Ph.D., CEO of aTyr Pharma. "Sanuj brings valuable experience from nearly 15 years working in life sciences corporate development and investing, and will be a critical leader for aTyr Pharma in its next chapter of growth."

"I am proud to join aTyr Pharma, a promising company driven by an important mission," said Dr. Ravindran. "With its deep scientific knowledge of Physiocrine pathways and extensive patent portfolio, the company has significant potential for growth through discovering new therapeutic solutions for a broad range of severe diseases that currently have limited treatment options."

In Dr. Ravindran's most recent role as Senior Vice President and Global Head, Corporate Development at The Medicines Company, he played a key role in the company's global corporate development, strategic planning, and business development activities for acute and intensive care medicine. Previously, Sanuj spent 10 years as a life sciences venture capital investor for Asian Healthcare Fund, Radius Ventures and Burrill & Company. Dr. Ravindran received his B.A. from Northwestern University, his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management.

About aTyr Pharma

aTyr Pharma is engaged in the discovery and clinical development of innovative medicines for patients suffering from severe rare diseases using its knowledge of Physiocrine biology, a newly discovered set of physiological modulators. The Company's lead candidate, Resolaris, is a first-in-class intravenous protein therapeutic for the treatment of rare myopathies with an immune component. Resolaris is currently in a Phase 1b/2 clinical trial in adult patients with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD); a Phase 1b/2 trial in adult patients with limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) 2B or FSHD; and a Phase 1b/2 trial in patients with an early onset form of FSHD. An initial trial is planned in rare pulmonary diseases with an immune component (RPIC) in patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD). To protect this pipeline, aTyr built an intellectual property estate comprising 54 issued or allowed patents and over 240 pending patent applications that are solely owned or exclusively licensed by aTyr. aTyr's key programs are currently focused on severe, rare diseases characterized by immune dysregulation for which there are currently limited or no treatment options. The Company was founded by Professors Paul Schimmel, Ph.D., and Xiang-Lei Yang, Ph.D., two leading aminoacyl tRNA synthetase scientists at The Scripps Research Institute. For more information, please visit

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