Scholar Rock announces Board member Tony Kingsley as next CEO

– USA, MA –  Scholar Rock (NASDAQ: SRRK), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of serious diseases in which protein growth factors play a fundamental role, today announced the appointment of Tony Kingsley as president and CEO, effective August 1, 2020.

Mr. Kingsley, who was appointed to the Board of Directors in May, replaces Nagesh K. Mahanthappa, Ph.D., MBA, who has chosen to step down after serving in this role since 2012. Dr. Mahanthappa will also be stepping down from the Board of Directors on August 1, 2020, after which he will serve as a scientific advisor to the company.

“Nagesh has been a remarkable executive, building upon breakthrough academic research to lead Scholar Rock through the initial start-up phase to create a special company now poised to move multiple product candidates through clinical development and hopefully to patients in real need. On behalf of the entire board of directors, we want to thank Nagesh for his vision and leadership over the past eight years,” said Board Chairman, David Hallal. “Building on the tremendous foundation Nagesh has established, Tony’s clinical development, strategic, and commercial acumen will lead and drive Scholar Rock to further the company’s great potential. Tony has extensive experience in launching and growing franchises and companies, and we are thrilled that he’s taking the helm of the company at this pivotal time.”

About Tony Kingsley

Mr. Kingsley is an experienced CEO and a leader with a track record of driving growth, strategy and all facets of corporate operations. He was most recently president and CEO of Taris Bio, prior to its acquisition by Janssen Pharmaceuticals at the end of 2019. Prior to Taris, he served as president and COO of The Medicines Company, and from 2010 to 2015, Mr. Kingsley led global commercial operations at Biogen, Inc. as EVP. Prior to Biogen, he held leadership roles in the medical device industry, including SVP and general manager of the gynecological surgical products business at Hologic, Inc. and division president, diagnostic products at Cytyc Corporation, and was also a partner at McKinsey & Company.

“Scholar Rock is at an exciting inflection point, with great scientific strength, two product candidates in clinical development and multiple milestones in 2020 and 2021,” said Mr. Kingsley. “I look forward to working with our extraordinary team to continue advancing our highly innovative research and platform capabilities, as well as lead the company through its next phase of growth, bringing desperately needed therapies to patients who often have limited treatment options.”

He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

About Scholar Rock

Scholar Rock is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines for the treatment of serious diseases in which signaling by protein growth factors plays a fundamental role. Scholar Rock is creating a pipeline of novel product candidates with the potential to transform the lives of patients suffering from a wide range of serious diseases, including neuromuscular disorders, cancer, fibrosis and anemia. Scholar Rock’s newly elucidated understanding of the molecular mechanisms of growth factor activation enabled it to develop a proprietary platform for the discovery and development of monoclonal antibodies that locally and selectively target these signaling proteins at the cellular level. By developing product candidates that act in the disease microenvironment, the Company intends to avoid the historical challenges associated with inhibiting growth factors for therapeutic effect. Scholar Rock believes its focus on biologically validated growth factors may facilitate a more efficient development path.

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