Catalyst Biosciences Announces the Appointment of Industry Veteran Andrea Hunt to its Board of Directors

Senior pharmaceutical executive with extensive experience in hematology and hemophilia

Led Baxalta’s Global Blood Disorders Franchise within the Hematology Division

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBIO), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel medicines to address hematology indications, today announced the appointment of Ms. Andrea Hunt to its board of directors. Ms. Hunt was most recently vice president, New Product Gene Therapy, Neuroscience, Oncology, Ophthalmology at Shire, Plc.

“Andrea brings significant senior level executive experience leading global franchises in hemophilia, cell and gene therapy, biologics and regenerative medicine,” said Nassim Usman, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Catalyst. “We are privileged to have someone with Andrea’s expertise and experience join our board, and we look forward to her input and guidance as we continue development of our hemophilia programs.”

Ms. Hunt commented, “Individuals with hemophilia, especially young children, need prophylactic treatment options that are easier to administer and have the potential to normalize their coagulation systems. I look forward to working with the Catalyst Biosciences team as they advance their subcutaneous Factor VIIa and Factor IX clinical candidates.”

Andrea Hunt was most recently vice president, New Product Gene Therapy, Neuroscience, Oncology & Ophthalmology at Shire, Plc., where she was developing and integrating strategies for Shire’s gene therapy platform. Ms. Hunt came to Shire through its acquisition of Baxalta, where she led the Global Blood Disorders Franchise within the Hematology Division. Prior to Baxalta, Ms. Hunt held several positions of increasing responsibility at Baxter Healthcare leading to her appointment as project leader to Baxter Healthcare’s R&D program, BAX855, now Adynovate™. Ms. Hunt served on the board for the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine and is an advisor to the Angiogenesis Foundation. Ms. Hunt earned her MBA in marketing from the University of Michigan and her B.S. in hospital dietetics and B.A. in foods and nutrition from the University of Illinois.

About Catalyst
Catalyst is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel medicines to address hematology indications. Catalyst is focused on the field of hemostasis, including the subcutaneous prophylaxis of hemophilia and facilitating surgery in individuals with hemophilia. For more information, please visit

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Fletcher Payne
CFO, Catalyst Biosciences

Andrew McDonald, Ph.D.
LifeSci Advisors

Josephine Belluardo, Ph.D.
LifeSci Public Relations