Audentes Therapeutics Appoints Julie Anne Smith to Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO /PRNewswire/ -- Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BOLD), a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing gene therapy products for patients living with serious, life-threatening rare diseases, today announced the appointment of Julie Anne Smith to its board of directors.

"We are delighted to welcome Julie to our board of directors," stated Matthew Patterson, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Julie is a seasoned biotech leader with a proven track record of developing and commercializing novel therapeutics to treat rare diseases. We look forward to working closely with Julie as we develop our pipeline of innovative gene therapy products."

Ms. Smith commented, "I am pleased to join the Audentes board of directors at this exciting time in the company's development. 2017 will be an important year as the company plans to enter the clinic and advance its in-house proprietary manufacturing capabilities in pursuit of its vision of bringing transformative therapies to patients living with serious, life threatening rare diseases."

Julie Anne Smith served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Raptor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from January 2015 until the company's recent acquisition by Horizon Pharma plc. Previously, Ms. Smith served as Raptor's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer after joining the company in September 2012. From 2008 to 2012, Ms. Smith served as Chief Commercial Officer of Enobia Pharma Corporation, prior to the company's acquisition by Alexion. Additionally, Ms. Smith served in positions of increasing responsibility at Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (2006-2008), Genzyme, Inc. (2001-2005) and Novazyme Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (2000-2001). Ms. Smith began her industry career at Bristol-Myers Squibb, first as a Product Manager and later as Director of channel strategy and design. Ms. Smith serves as an Independent Director at Exelixis, Inc. and previously as Director on the Health and Emerging Companies Sections of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) board. She received her Bachelor of Science in biological and nutritional sciences from Cornell University.

About Audentes Therapeutics, Inc.
Audentes Therapeutics (Nasdaq: BOLD) is a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing gene therapy products for patients living with serious, life-threatening rare diseases.  We have four products in development, AT132 for the treatment of X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy (XLMTM), AT342 for the treatment of Crigler-Najjar Syndrome, AT982 for the treatment of Pompe disease, and AT307 for the treatment of the CASQ2 subtype of Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CASQ2-CPVT).  We are a focused, experienced and passionate team committed to forging strong, global relationships with the patient, research and medical communities.

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