Zai Lab Announces the Appointment of Timothy Yap, M.D., Ph.D., to its Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Yap will help advance Zai Lab’s preclinical and clinical pipeline

Pudong District, CHINA

SHANGHAI, China and SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zai Lab Limited (NASDAQ: ZLAB), a China and U.S.-based innovative commercial stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced the appointment of Timothy Yap, M.D., Ph.D., to its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Dr. Yap will advise Zai Lab as the Company prepares to advance its internally discovered therapeutics into the clinic.

“We are excited to have Dr. Yap join our SAB,” said Dr. Valeria Fantin, Chief Scientific Officer of Zai Lab. “Dr. Yap’s expertise in DNA damage response, translational cancer research as well as his experience in design and execution of early-phase, biomarker-driven clinical trials complements our existing group of renowned scientific experts.”

Dr. Yap is an Associate Professor in the Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics and Medical Director of The Institute for Applied Cancer Science at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. Previously, he was a Consultant Medical Oncologist and NIHR BRC Clinician Scientist jointly in the Phase I Drug Development Unit, Lung Cancer Unit and Cancer Biomarkers Laboratory at the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). Dr. Yap earned his medical degree from Imperial College London and completed his general medical training in Oxford. Dr. Yap undertook a Clinical Fellowship in the Phase I Drug Development Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital and completed his Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology in the Division of Cancer Therapeutics in the ICR.

Dr. Yap joins Neal Rosen, M.D., Ph.D., Lieping Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Richard Flavell, Ph.D., FRS and Alex Adjei, M.D., Ph.D. as a member of Zai’s SAB.

About Zai Lab

Zai Lab (NASDAQ: ZLAB) is a China and U.S.-based innovative commercial stage biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing transformative medicines for cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases to patients in China and around the world. Zai Lab’s experienced team has secured partnerships with leading global biopharma companies, generating a broad pipeline of innovative drug candidates targeting the fast-growing segments of China's pharmaceutical market and addressing unmet medical needs. Zai Lab's vision is to become a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company, discovering, developing, manufacturing and commercializing its partners' and its own products in order to impact human health worldwide.

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