aTyr Pharma Names VP

San Diego-based aTyr Pharma said today that it has named John C. McKew, Ph.D., as its new Vice President, Research. aTyr said that McKew is a rare disease expert, who has served at the National Institutes of Health, Wyeth Research and Genetics Institute, Inc. (prior to its acquisition by Wyeth). aTyr Pharma is venture backed by Alta Partners, Cardinal Partners, Domain Associates and Polaris Partners.