Pliant Therapeutics Announces Appointment of Steve Krognes to Board of Directors

Pliant Therapeutics, Inc., a late-stage biotechnology company and leader in the discovery and development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of fibrotic diseases, announced the appointment of Steve Krognes to its Board of Directors.

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, June 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pliant Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLRX), a late-stage biotechnology company and leader in the discovery and development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of fibrotic diseases, today announced the appointment of Steve Krognes to its Board of Directors.

“Steve is a tremendous addition to our board, bringing extensive strategic leadership experience and a depth of financial expertise that will benefit Pliant’s continued evolution as a late-stage clinical company,” said Bernard Coulie, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Pliant. “Steve’s broad financial experience will be highly complimentary to the strong science and business expertise on the board. We look forward to his insights.”

Mr. Krognes is a highly accomplished biopharmaceutical executive who brings over 30 years of financial and corporate strategy experience in leading and guiding life science companies across all stages of development. Most recently, and up until his retirement in 2022, Mr. Krognes served as Chief Financial Officer of Denali Therapeutics, a role he founded, contributing significantly to the company’s strong financial position and growth. Prior to this, Mr. Krognes held the role of Chief Financial Officer at Genentech overseeing the integration of Genentech and Roche Holding AG in the U.S. and Genentech and InterMune. Prior to Genentech, Mr. Krognes served as Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Roche. Early in his career, Mr. Krognes worked in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, served as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and was a venture capitalist in Scandinavia.

In addition to Pliant, Mr. Krognes currently serves on the boards of publicly listed Denali Therapeutics, Guardant Health and argenx, as well as privately held ClavystBio, based in Singapore. Mr. Krognes received an M.B A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

About Pliant Therapeutics, Inc.

Pliant Therapeutics is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company and leader in the discovery and development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of fibrotic diseases. Pliant’s lead product candidate, bexotegrast (PLN-74809), is an oral, small molecule, dual selective inhibitor of αvß6 and αvß1 integrins that is in development in the lead indications for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF, and primary sclerosing cholangitis, or PSC. Bexotegrast has received Fast Track Designation and Orphan Drug Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in IPF and PSC and Orphan Drug Designation from the European Medicines Agency in IPF and PSC. Pliant has initiated BEACON-IPF, an adaptive Phase 2b/3 trial of bexotegrast in IPF. Pliant is conducting a Phase 1 study for its third clinical program, PLN-101095, a small molecule, dual-selective inhibitor of αvß8 and αvß1 integrins, that is being developed for the treatment of solid tumors. In addition, Pliant has received regulatory clearance for the conduct of a Phase 1 study of PLN-101325, a monoclonal antibody agonist of integrin α7β1 targeting muscular dystrophies.

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Investor and Media Contact:

Christopher Keenan
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Pliant Therapeutics, Inc.

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