Portola Pharmaceuticals announces Scott Garland to its Board of Directors as CEO

– USA, CA –  Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:PTLA), today announced the appointment of industry veteran Scott Garland as president and chief executive officer, effective October 8, 2018. Mr. Garland brings to his new role more than two decades of broad executive leadership experience, including a strong track record driving multiple billion dollar product launches. He will also serve on the Company’s Board of Directors.

“Scott is an exceptional choice to lead Portola through this exciting period of commercial evolution. His leadership and operational experience in hematology, oncology and hospital-based products aligns with our portfolio, and I am confident he will help realize the full potential of the Company’s life-changing medicines, drive long-term growth to maximize shareholder value and develop a best-in-class culture that will allow us to continue to attract and retain top industry talent. We look forward to introducing Scott during our third quarter conference call in early November.” said Hollings C. Renton, Chairman of the Board.

About Scott Garland

Mr. Garland joins Portola from Relypsa, Inc., where he was president and previously chief commercial officer. During his tenure, Mr. Garland was responsible for the integration and growth of the U.S. operations after Relypsa was acquired by Vifor Pharma Group in 2016.

Prior to Relypsa, Mr. Garland was executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Exelixis, Inc., where he led global commercial operations and directed sales, marketing and market access in the United States. Previously, Mr. Garland spent close to a decade at Genentech leading full scale commercial franchises for two multi-billion dollar therapies – Avastin (bevacizumab) and Rituxan (rituximab). He started his career at Merck as a sales representative and then went on to serve at Amgen in various sales and marketing roles, including market development, to support the launch of Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa).

Mr. Garland holds an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Karyopharm Therapeutics since 2014.
Mr. Garland said: “This is a rare opportunity to join a company with two FDA-approved medicines, a promising compound in development and a financial position to support long-term growth. I am excited to partner with such a committed Board and leadership team to build on the Company’s current pace of innovation and focus on execution to deliver potentially life-saving therapies to patients.”

About Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Portola Pharmaceuticals is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapeutics that could significantly advance the fields of thrombosis and other hematologic diseases. The Company’s two FDA-approved medicines are Andexxa [coagulation factor Xa (recombinant), inactivated-zhzo], the first and only antidote for patients treated with rivaroxaban and apixaban when reversal of anticoagulation is needed due to life-threatening or uncontrolled bleeding, and Bevyxxa (betrixaban), the first and only oral, once-daily Factor Xa inhibitor for the prevention of VTE in adult patients hospitalized for an acute medical illness. The company also is advancing cerdulatinib, a Syk/JAK inhibitor for the treatment of hematologic cancers.

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