Prothena Announces Addition of Industry Veterans to Board of Directors


DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Prothena Corporation plc PRTA, a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of novel antibodies for the potential treatment of a broad range of diseases, today announced the appointment of Richard T. Collier and Shane Cooke to its board of directors. Mr. Collier and Mr. Cooke join existing directors Lars Ekman, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Dale Schenk, CEO of Prothena.

"We are pleased and proud that Rick and Shane will be joining our Board. Each has significant industry experience and their insight will be invaluable to us as we seek to develop novel antibodies for the potential treatment of a broad range of diseases, and advance these potential therapies through clinical development," commented Lars Ekman, Prothena's Chairman. "On behalf of Prothena and the Board of Directors, I welcome them and look forward to drawing on their experience and judgment."

Richard T. Collier

Richard T. Collier is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at The Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, where he has taught Drug and Medical Device Law since 2004. He has nearly twenty-five years experience in executive positions in the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Among other positions, Mr. Collier served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in three publicly-traded global pharmaceutical companies - Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Inc.; Pharmacia & Upjohn Company; and Pharmacia Corporation. Most recently, Mr. Collier served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Elan Corporation, plc. Prior to his corporate career, Mr. Collier was in the private practice of law at two leading Philadelphia-based law firms and served with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Department of Justice in Philadelphia. Mr. Collier earned both his undergraduate (B.A.) and law degrees (J.D.) at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Shane Cooke

Shane Cooke is President of Alkermes plc and previously, was Head of Elan Drug Technologies (EDT) and Executive Vice President of Elan Corporation, plc from 2007 until the merger between EDT and Alkermes, Inc. in September 2011. Mr. Cooke concurrently served as Chief Financial Officer of Elan Corporation, plc from 2001 to May 2011 and as a Director of Elan from May 2005 to September 2011. Prior to joining Elan, Mr. Cooke was Chief Executive of Pembroke Capital Limited, an aviation leasing company of which he was a founder. Mr. Cooke also previously held a number of senior positions in finance in the banking and aviation industries. Mr. Cooke is a chartered accountant and a graduate of University College Dublin, Ireland.

About Prothena Corporation

Prothena Corporation plc PRTA is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of novel antibodies for the potential treatment of a broad range of diseases that involve protein misfolding or cell adhesion, particularly on the discovery and development of potential therapeutic monoclonal antibodies directed specifically to disease-causing proteins. These potential therapies have a broad range of indications, including AL and AA forms of amyloidosis, Parkinson's disease and related synucleinopathies, and novel cell adhesion targets involved in autoimmune disease and metastatic cancers. For more information, please visit

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