aTyr Pharma to Participate in Panel at National Institutes of Health Rare Disease Day®Panel to take place on Monday, February 28, 2022, at 2:55pm EST / 11:55am PST

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- aTyr Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: LIFE), a biotherapeutics company engaged in the discovery and development of innovative medicines based on novel biological pathways, today announced that Sanjay S. Shukla, M.D., M.S., President and Chief Executive Officer, will participate in a panel as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rare Disease Day® virtual conference on Monday, February 28, 2022, at 2:55pm EST / 11:55am PST.

The panel, “Successful Clinical Trial Enrollment with True Advocacy Collaboration During Challenging Times,” will discuss strategies for clinical trial recruitment successes, including lessons learned from aTyr’s experience conducting a Phase 1b/2a study of efzofitimod (ATYR1923) in patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis during the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel will feature participants from the biopharmaceutical industry and advocacy organizations, including:

  • Shazia Ahmad (Moderator) – Senior Director and Head, Patient and Physician Services, UBC
  • Sanjay S. Shukla, M.D. M.S. – President and CEO, aTyr Pharma
  • Tricha Shivas, M.B.E. – Chief Strategy Officer, Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR)
  • Erica Courtenay-Mann – Member, FSR Women of Color Patient Advocacy Committee

Registration is free and open to the public. Registered attendees may submit Q&A during the session through the event’s interactive app. For more information and to register, please visit the Rare Disease Day at NIH page on the NIH’s website.

Rare Disease Day® takes place worldwide, typically on the last day of February, to raise awareness among policymakers and the public about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. Each year, the National Center for Advancing Translational Science and the NIH Clinical Center sponsor Rare Disease Day at NIH as part of their efforts to raise awareness about rare diseases, the people they affect and NIH collaborations that address scientific challenges and advance research for new treatments.

aTyr is developing its lead therapeutic candidate, efzofitimod, for patients with severe inflammatory lung diseases with high unmet medical need. This includes pulmonary sarcoidosis, a major form of interstitial lung disease. Pulmonary sarcoidosis is a rare disease that affects close to 200,000 people in the United States and has limited treatment options. The company expects to initiate a registrational trial of efzofitimod in patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis this year.

About aTyr

aTyr is a biotherapeutics company engaged in the discovery and development of innovative medicines based on novel biological pathways. aTyr’s research and development efforts are concentrated on a newly discovered area of biology, the extracellular functionality and signaling pathways of tRNA synthetases. aTyr has built a global intellectual property estate directed to a potential pipeline of protein compositions derived from 20 tRNA synthetase genes and their extracellular targets. aTyr’s primary focus is efzofitimod, a clinical-stage product candidate which binds to the neuropilin-2 receptor and is designed to downregulate immune engagement in inflammatory lung diseases. For more information, please visit

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Ashlee Dunston
Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications


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