Scholar Rock welcomes Dr. Katie Peng to its Board of Directors

– USA, MA –  Scholar Rock (NASDAQ: SRRK), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on advancing innovative treatments for spinal muscular atrophy, and cardiometabolic disorders, today announced the appointment of Katie Peng to its Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to welcome Katie to Scholar Rock’s Board of Directors at a pivotal time when the company is preparing for the potential launch of apitegromab next year. Katie brings deep commercial expertise in neurology and rare diseases and has a strong understanding of SMA from her experience launching Evrysdi while she was a business unit head at Genentech. Katie joining our Board reflects the continued evolution of Scholar Rock,” said ,” said Board Chairman, David Hallal.

The company also announced the promotion of Dr. Mo Qatanani (Ph.D.) to CSO.

About Katie Peng

Katie Peng is an accomplished biotechnology executive with over three decades of deep commercial experience in neurology and rare diseases, and she is currently the CCO at Denali Therapeutics. Before joining Denali, Ms. Peng managed a neurology, ophthalmology, immunology, and rare disease portfolio representing approximately $14 billion in revenue at Genentech. She has successfully launched multiple products in neurology, oncology, and rare disease, notably Evrysdi® (risdiplam) at Genentech, a medicine used to treat spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in adults and children. Before that, Ms. Peng was at Roche Holding AG, where she was the General Manager of both Taiwan and Singapore, managing a portfolio of over 30 products in the Asia Pacific region. Earlier in her career, she held multiple commercial roles at Amgen Inc. and was a research scientist at Allergan plc.

“I am thrilled to join Scholar Rock’s Board of Directors as the company prepares for its first potential commercial launch of apitegromab. I look forward to working with the team and sharing my experience and expertise to successfully bring apitegromab to people living with SMA,” said Katie Peng.

Katie Peng holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She also serves as a board member for California Life Sciences and Adicet Bio.

About Dr. Mo Qatanani

Dr. Qatanani joined Scholar Rock in 2021 and, since 2022, has been leading all research functions, including discovery biology, protein sciences & antibody engineering, nonclinical safety, and translational sciences. He brings over 15 years of discovery and translational research experience in developing and advancing multiple therapeutic modalities in the neuromuscular and cardiometabolic disease areas.

Before Scholar Rock, Dr. Qatanani was a founding employee, vice president, and Head of Research at Dyne Therapeutics, where he built the research organization from the ground up to launch and advance the clinic’s multiple therapeutic programs for rare neuromuscular diseases. Before that, he held research positions of increasing responsibility at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Synageva BioPharma, and Merck. Dr. Qatanani holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Human Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Biology from the American University of Beirut.

About Scholar Rock

Scholar Rock is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and delivers life-changing therapies for people with serious diseases that have high unmet needs. As a global leader in the biology of the transforming growth factor beta superfamily of cell proteins and named for the visual resemblance of a scholar rock to protein structures, the clinical-stage company is focused on advancing innovative treatments where protein growth factors are fundamental. Over the past decade, Scholar Rock has created a pipeline with the potential to advance the standard of care for neuromuscular disease, cardiometabolic disorders, cancer, and other conditions where growth factor-targeted drugs can play a transformational role.

Scholar Rock is the only company to show clinical proof of concept for a muscle-targeted treatment in spinal muscular atrophy. This commitment to unlocking fundamentally different therapeutic approaches is powered by the broad application of a proprietary platform, which has developed novel monoclonal antibodies to modulate protein growth factors with extraordinary selectivity. By harnessing cutting-edge science in disease spaces that are historically under-addressed through traditional therapies, Scholar Rock works every day to create new possibilities for patients.


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