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Life Leaders


Sanjay S. Shukla, M.D., M.S.

President and CEO, Director

Sanjay S. Shukla, M.D., M.S. has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a board member since November 2017. Dr. Shukla served as our Chief Medical Officer from March 2016 to November 2017. From April 2015 to March 2016, Dr. Shukla worked in an advisory capacity for a number of companies, including as a consultant to aTyr from January 2016 to March 2016. Prior to that, from October 2012 to April 2015, Dr. Shukla served as Vice President and Global Head of Integrated Medical Services for Novartis, a biopharmaceutical company, where he led global medical affairs operations, with oversight for all pharma general medicines therapies, both inline and in development. Dr. Shukla served as Chief Executive Officer of RXMD, a clinical development consultancy that assisted in advancing proof of concept for early stage drug candidates, from April 2009 to September 2012. Prior to that, Dr. Shukla served in a variety of clinical development, data analytics and drug safety roles at Vifor Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company, and Aspreva Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Vifor Pharma). Dr. Shukla received his M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine and his Bachelors of Science in Microbiology and Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Maryland.

David J. King, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

David J. King, Ph.D. has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since February 2018. Prior to that, he served as our Senior Vice President, Research from September 2016 to February 2018.David’s industry experience is highlighted by his tenures at Medarex, Inc., (acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2009) and Celltech Therapeutics Ltd. (acquired by UCB in 2004). At Medarex, he led programs to identify therapeutic antibodies and played a key role in programs targeting novel biologics (including PD-1), and at Celltech, he directed the protein biochemistry and antibody engineering activities that led to the discovery and development of Cimzia® (TNF antagonist). After Medarex, Dr. King served as Chief Scientific Officer at AnaptysBio, Inc. from November 2008 to February 2016 where he led research that developed a novel technology for generating antibody therapeutics, which was successfully used to generate innovative clinical candidates for a number of pharmaceutical partnerships and for internal development. Most recently, Dr. King served as Senior Vice President of Research at Tunitas Therapeutics, where he led the company’s research and preclinical activities from February 2016 to September 2016. Dr. King received his B.S. from the University of Warwick and his Ph.D. from the University of Surrey, both in the United Kingdom, and was a Glaxo Group Research postdoctoral fellow.

Andrea Cubitt, Ph.D.

VP, External Scientific Alliances & Intellectual Property

Andrea Cubitt, Ph.D. has served as Vice President, Product Protection since September 2011. Dr. Cubitt worked as a consultant for us from January 2011 to September 2011. Prior to that, from 2009 to 2011, she worked as a senior patent agent for the Global Patent Group LLC, a patent consulting firm. She co-founded Anaptys Biosciences, a therapeutic antibody company, in 2005 and served as Executive Director of Corporate Development until 2009. She also served as Senior Manager, Technology and Intellectual Property at Aurora Bioscience Corporation, a biotechnology company. Dr. Cubitt did her postdoctoral training at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, and at the University of California San Diego, where she was part of team that initiated development of the green fluorescent protein (“GFP”) with Roger Tsien, Ph.D. Dr. Cubitt holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Sheffield and a first class honors degree (B.Sc) in medical biochemistry from the University of Birmingham in the UK. Dr. Cubitt is a co-inventor or co-author of 18 issued US patents and 20 publications.

Nancy Krueger

VP, Legal Affairs

Nancy D. Krueger has served as our Vice President, Legal Affairs since October 2014 and provided consulting services to us from 2013 to 2014. Ms. Krueger practiced law in the corporate department at Cooley LLP and was named partner in 2000. Her practice at Cooley was focused on securities and corporate matters, including private financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance and disclosure issues. Ms. Krueger holds a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law and B.A. in Economics and Business from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Holly Chrzanowski Winter

VP, Human Resources

Holly Chrzanowski Winter has served as our Vice President, Enterprise Talent and Organization since April 2013 and provided consulting services to us from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining aTyr, she operated her own human resources consulting practice, HC Consulting, for 12 years, providing human resources consulting services to a wide variety of biotechnology companies located nationwide. She also served as a Director, Human Resources at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated as a consultant and Senior Manager, Human Resources at Aurora Biosciences Corporation. Prior to this, Ms. Chrzanowski Winter held a variety of management level positions in human resources at Geometric Results Incorporated, a multinational subsidiary of Ford Motor Company (acquired by MSX International). Ms. Chrzanowski Winter attended the University of Salzburg, Austria where she studied German language. She holds a B.A. in political science from California State University at Long Beach.

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