Neoleukin Therapeutics Announces Appointment of Bill Arthur, Ph.D., as Vice President and Head of Research

Thursday, 09. September 2021 14:00

SEATTLE, Sept. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Neoleukin Therapeutics, Inc., “Neoleukin” (NASDAQ:NLTX), a biopharmaceutical company utilizing sophisticated computational methods to design de novo protein therapeutics, today announced the appointment of Bill Arthur, Ph.D., as Vice President and Head of Research.

Dr. Arthur joins Neoleukin after a decade at Seagen, where he served most recently as Senior Director & Head of Cancer Biology. During his time at Seagen, Dr. Arthur directed research efforts on therapeutic candidates, from discovery through clinical development, utilizing novel platform technologies, including antibody-drug conjugates with cytotoxic and immunostimulatory mechanisms, antibody-like scaffolds, and small molecule inhibitors. Prior to Seagen, Dr. Arthur worked at Merck & Co. and Rosetta Inpharmatics, leading the discovery of oncology targets, predictive biomarkers and synergistic drug combinations.

“Bill is an experienced leader in developing oncology therapeutics and has deep expertise in multiple therapeutic modalities,” said Jonathan Drachman, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Neoleukin. “His guidance and insights will be invaluable as we advance our de novo protein technology and preclinical pipeline.”

“The pioneering approach Neoleukin is employing to develop computationally designed therapeutics is tremendously exciting. This technology has great potential across many therapeutic mechanisms and disease indications, including unmet needs that are inaccessible to traditional therapeutics. I look forward to working closely with the Neoleukin team to expand application of the technology and meaningfully improve the lives of patients,” said Dr. Arthur.

Dr. Arthur received his B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Western Washington University and Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of North Carolina. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

About Neoleukin Therapeutics, Inc.

Neoleukin is a biopharmaceutical company creating next generation immunotherapies for cancer, inflammation and autoimmunity using de novo protein design technology. Neoleukin uses sophisticated computational methods to design proteins that demonstrate specific pharmaceutical properties that provide potentially superior therapeutic benefit over native proteins.  Neoleukin’s lead product candidate, NL-201, is a combined IL-2 and IL-15 agonist designed to improve tolerability and activity by eliminating the alpha receptor binding interface. For more information, please visit the Neoleukin website:

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