Moderna Therapeutics closes $40M in financing

Published on December 6, 2012 at 1:40 AM · No Comments

Moderna has appointed an accomplished executive leadership team and scientific advisory board, and implemented a comprehensive intellectual property strategy surrounding messenger RNA Therapeutics, filing over 80 patent applications reciting more than 4,000 claims covering novel chemical modifications, RNA engineering, formulation, composition of matter, route of administration and dosing. The company has established preclinical programs in four key therapeutic areas: oncology supportive care, inherited genetic disorders, hemophilia and diabetes.

"Our messenger RNA Therapeutics platform has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of a wide variety of illnesses by opening up a completely new biotherapeutic modality, and by offering a technologically and financially superior path for the discovery, creation and endogenous production of therapeutic proteins," said Stephane Bancel, president and founding CEO of Moderna. "In the last 18 months, we have charged ahead in this space, vigorously pursuing a robust IP portfolio. We have hired an experienced employee base and cultivated leadership and advisory teams who are offering deep insights as we advance key programs into clinical development. We are working with great urgency and great care to translate this groundbreaking science into new treatments for patients."

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