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Agilis Biotherapeutics Strengthens Board of Directors

Agilis Biotherapeutics a biotechnology company in Cambridge, Massachusetts  which is advancing innovative DNA therapeutics for rare genetic diseases that affect the central nervous system (CNS), appointed Arthur Tzianabos, Ph.D. to the Company’s Board of Directors. Dr. Tzianabos already serves on the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board and will continue serving in this capacity. Dr. Tzianabos brings extensive experience to the boardroom, with more than 20 years of experience in business and drug development of therapeutics in industry and academia. Dr. Tzianabos is currently President of OvaScience, Inc., a global life sciences company developing new fertility treatments. Prior to his leadership role at OvaScience, Dr. Tzianabos was Senior Vice President and Head, Research and Early Development.at Shire Human Genetic Therapies.

Dr. Tzianabos joined Shire in 2005 as Senior Director, Discovery Research and was instrumental in establishing the Discovery Research group and played a leading role in the expansion of Shire HGT research pipeline shortly after the acquisition of TKT by Shire. In 2008, Arthur became the VP of Program Management and was responsible for the management of the cross-functional Program teams that oversaw Development programs from the pre-clinical phase through commercialization. In 2010, Dr. Tzianabos became SVP and Head of Research and Early Development, overseeing the translation of new scientific discoveries to clinical applications in patients with rare diseases. Prior to joining Shire, Dr. Tzianabos was an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and maintained laboratories at the Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School. He was a faculty member since 1992. In addition, Dr. Tzianabos served as a consultant to several biotechnology companies, including Genzyme Corporation and Eli Lilly. He has published more than 80 scientific papers, reviews, book chapters and patents. Dr. Tzianabos holds a B.S. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Microbiology.

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