Startup Biotech, Agilis Biotherapeutics, Brings In Eli Lilly and Company (LLY)-Alum To Fill CEO Post

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Agilis Biotherapeutics, LLC, a synthetic biology-based company focused on developing DNA-based therapeutics for rare genetic diseases, announced today that George S. Zorich has been named Chief Executive Officer of the company. Mr. Zorich previously served as President of General Injectables and Vaccines, Inc. (GIV), President of U.S. operations for Sabex USA, and President of North American operations for Bioniche Pharma, three enterprises that were sold to global pharmaceutical companies under Mr. Zorich's leadership. Mr. Zorich began his career with Eli Lilly and Company and has held various executive positions across a variety of businesses, including branded products, generics, and distribution. 

"Agilis is thrilled to have George join our efforts in developing new therapies for rare diseases utilizing synthetic biology approaches," said G. Houston Hall, Managing Director of Agilis Biotherapeutics. "George is a highly accomplished leader who brings to Agilis both strategic vision and a track record of significant operating results. Agilis is well-positioned to advance our Friedreich's ataxia program with our collaborator Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON). I cannot imagine a better person to add to our team, and I look forward to working closely with George in the development of life changing medicines." 

"It is a very exciting time at Agilis," said Mr. Zorich. "I'm delighted to be joining this team of highly regarded researchers and business leaders and working in collaboration with Intrexon to potentially develop novel approaches to treating rare genetic diseases with synthetic biology. I look forward to helping the team move rapidly towards key development decisions with a very exciting DNA-based therapeutic." 

About Agilis Biotherapeutics, LLC 

Agilis Biotherapeutics, LLC, is a biotechnology company focused on designing and engineering first-in-class DNA-based therapeutics to improve and save the lives of patients affected by life-threatening or fatal rare diseases for which there are limited or no treatment options. We believe that engineered DNA-based therapeutics provide the ability to target underlying disease mechanisms with tightly-controlled multigenic modalities leading to "functional cures" for patients with these diseases. 

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Agilis Biotherapeutics

George S. Zorich, 301-944-2884

Chief Executive Officer

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