DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Prothena Corporation plc (Nasdaq: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.