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Zai Lab Announces the Appointment of Dr. Peter Huang as Chief Scientific Officer

SHANGHAI and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zai Lab Limited (NASDAQ: ZLAB; HKEX: 9688) a patient-focused, innovative, commercial-stage, global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the appointment of Dr. Peter Huang as its Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), effective immediately. Dr. Huang brings an extensive scientific background and strong leadership and research and development experience, including over 16 years working within the biopharmaceutical industry, to Zai Lab.

“We are excited to welcome Peter to our global leadership team,” said Dr. Samantha Du, Founder, Chairperson, and CEO of Zai Lab. “Peter has a strong track record in leading internal discovery research as well as external collaborations, and we look forward to driving innovation in drug research and development under his leadership.”

Dr. Huang will report to Josh Smiley, Chief Operating Officer of Zai Lab, and will be a key member of the Company’s executive committee. He will lead and oversee the Company’s discovery efforts and translational medicine.

“I look forward to joining Zai Lab and working with the incredible leadership and scientific teams to continue to grow and develop the company’s drug discovery and translational research programs,” said Dr. Huang. “Zai Lab has a number of exciting product candidates in its pipeline, and I am especially excited to oversee the development of this pipeline and to identify new product candidates that can help address unmet needs of patients in China and around the world.”

Dr. Huang joins Zai Lab from Zentalis Pharmaceuticals where he held various roles of increasing responsibility from March 2015 to October 2022. Most recently, Dr. Huang served as Senior Vice President of Discovery Research for Zentalis from October 2020, overseeing their drug portfolio and pipeline, building their discovery platform, leading discovery for multiple new clinical candidates, and overseeing translational research to support clinical development. Prior to Zentalis, he worked at Pfizer, Inc. as one of their oncology chemistry designers and focused on the discovery of small-molecule drugs from 2006 to 2015. In these roles, Dr. Huang was the key inventor of a number of clinical compounds, including lorlatinib, an anaplastic lymphoma kinase inhibitor (ALKi), which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2018. He was an honoree of the 2021 Heroes of Chemistry from the American Chemistry Society for the discovery and development of lorlatinib. Dr. Huang received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Iowa State University and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Chicago.

About Zai Lab

Zai Lab Limited (NASDAQ: ZLAB; HKEX: 9688) is an innovative, research-based, commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company based in China and the United States focused on bringing transformative medicines for oncology, autoimmune disorders, infectious diseases, and neurological disorders to patients in China and around the world. Our goal is to leverage our competencies and resources to positively impact human health worldwide.

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