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Protagonist Therapeutics Appoints Suneel K. Gupta, Ph.D., as Executive Vice President of Clinical Operations and Pharmacology

NEWARK, Calif., Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTGX) today announced the appointment of Suneel Gupta, Ph.D., as Executive Vice President of Clinical Operations and Clinical Pharmacology. In this role, Dr. Gupta will provide executive management and oversight of clinical operations and clinical pharmacology of development candidates in our pipeline.

"Dr. Gupta has an excellent record of developing important therapeutic agents in multiple indications from early clinical development to successful market approval," commented Dinesh V. Patel, Ph.D., Protagonist President and Chief Executive Officer. "As we move forward with multiple assets in our pipeline in diverse therapeutic areas, his strong operational experience in clinical development will be a great asset. As an accomplished drug developer with broad experience, Dr. Gupta is a critical addition to our senior leadership team which we expect to continue to build and strengthen in 2019 and beyond."

With over 30 years of industry experience, Dr. Gupta has contributed to the development and commercialization of more than 12 products approved by both the U.S. FDA and the European Medicines Agency. Before joining Protagonist, Dr. Gupta held the position of Chief Scientific Officer at Impax Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Impax, Dr. Gupta held leadership positions at ALZA/Johnson & Johnson and Ciba Geigy (India). Dr. Gupta received his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester and conducted post-doctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco. He has coauthored more than 200 research publications and is a co-inventor for over 40 patents.

About Protagonist Therapeutics

Protagonist Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that utilizes a proprietary technology platform to discover and develop novel peptide-based drugs to transform existing treatment paradigms for patients with significant unmet medical needs. PTG-300 is an injectable hepcidin mimetic for the potential treatment of anemia and iron overload related to rare blood diseases with an initial focus on beta thalassemia. PTG-200 is an oral peptide interleukin-23 receptor antagonist in development for the treatment of Crohn's disease. The company has entered into a worldwide license and collaboration agreement with Janssen Biotech for the clinical development of PTG-200. PN-943 is an oral, gut-restricted alpha-4-beta-7 integrin antagonist peptide in development for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

Protagonist is headquartered in Newark, California, with pre-clinical and clinical staff in California and discovery operations in both California and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. For further information, please visit http://www.protagonist-inc.com.

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