2021 William Blair Biotech Conference

Presenters Announced for 2021 William Blair Biotech Conference

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A wide range of biotechnology companies have announced presentations at the upcoming William Blair Biotech Conference slated to take place virtually on July 14th & 15th, 2021.

Those companies are listed below, though it should be noted this is not a complete list of presenters for the conference.

For a schedule of the panels and presenters click here -> William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 Panel Schedule

William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 Presenters

9 Meters Biopharma

9 Meters Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: NMTR) is a clinical-stage company focused on rare and unmet needs in gastroenterology.  The Company is advancing vurolenatide, a proprietary long-acting GLP-1 agonist, into a Phase 2 trial for short bowel syndrome (SBS), a rare, orphan disease, as well as larazotide, a Phase 3 tight junction regulator being evaluated for symptom improvement in non-responsive celiac disease.

John Temperato, CEO of 9 Meters Biopharma will participate in a virtual fireside chat on July 15th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference being held July 14-15, 2021 and invites investors to join live via webcast.

Aclaris Therapeutics

Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACRS) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel drug candidates for immuno-inflammatory disease.

The company is developing a pipeline of novel drug candidates to address the needs of patients with immuno-inflammatory diseases who lack satisfactory treatment options. The company has a multi-stage portfolio of drug candidates powered by a robust R&D engine exploring protein kinase regulation. 

Dr. Neal Walker, President and CEO of Aclaris, will participate in a virtual panel discussion at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 titled “Novel Targets for Autoimmune Diseases,” on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Management will also be available July 15th throughout the day for virtual one-on-one meetings.

Agenus

Agenus (NASDAQ: AGEN) is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company that focuses on the discovery and development of therapies that engage the body’s immune system to fight cancer. The Company’s vision is to expand the patient populations benefiting from cancer immunotherapy by pursuing combination approaches that leverage a broad repertoire of antibody therapeutics, adoptive cell therapies (through its AgenTus Therapeutics subsidiary), and proprietary cancer vaccine platforms. 

Agenus is equipped with a suite of antibody discovery platforms and a state-of-the-art GMP manufacturing facility with the capacity to support clinical programs. Agenus is headquartered in Lexington, MA. The company has an extensive pipeline of checkpoint antibodies, cell therapies, adjuvants, and vaccines designed to activate immune response to cancers and infections.

Steven O’Day, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Agenus, will participate in a panel discussion at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 titled “Novel Mechanisms and Strategies for Addressing PD-(L)1 Refractory/Resistant Tumors.” The panel will take place on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, from 4:20 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. ET.

Albireo Pharma

Albireo Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALBO) is a rare liver disease company developing novel bile acid modulators. Albireo Pharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel bile acid modulators to treat rare pediatric and adult liver diseases. Albireo’s lead product candidate, Bylvay, is being developed to treat rare pediatric cholestatic liver diseases with Phase 3 trials in PFIC, Alagille syndrome and biliary atresia. For PFIC, the FDA recently granted Priority Review and set a PDUFA goal date of July 20, 2021. 

Bylvay has been provisionally accepted by both the FDA and EMA as the brand name for odevixibat. The Company has also initiated a Phase 1 clinical trial for A3907 to advance development in adult cholestatic liver disease, with IND-enabling studies moving ahead with A2342 for viral and cholestatic liver disease. Albireo was spun out from AstraZeneca in 2008 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with its key operating subsidiary in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Ron Cooper, President and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference on Thursday, July 15, at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

Allogene Therapeutics

Allogene Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALLO) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of allogeneic CAR T (AlloCAR T™) therapies for cancer.

Led by a management team with significant experience in cell therapy, Allogene is developing a pipeline of “off-the-shelf” CAR T cell therapy candidates with the goal of delivering readily available cell therapy on-demand, more reliably, and at greater scale to more patients. 

Management plans to participate in the upcoming William Blair’s Biotech Focus 2021 virtual investor conferences on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 8:55  a.m. ET.

Aptinyx

Aptinyx Inc. (NASDAQ: APTX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of proprietary synthetic small molecules for the treatment of brain and nervous system disorders. Aptinyx has a platform for discovery of novel compounds that work through a unique mechanism to modulate—rather than block or over-activate—NMDA receptors and enhance synaptic plasticity, the foundation of neural cell communication. 

The company has three product candidates in clinical development in central nervous system indications, including chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and cognitive impairment. Aptinyx is also advancing additional compounds from its proprietary discovery platform, which continues to generate a rich and diverse pipeline of small-molecule NMDA receptor modulators with the potential to treat an array of neurologic disorders.

Norbert Riedel, Ph.D., chief executive officer, will participate in the Updates in Neuropsych panel discussion at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference on Thursday, July 15 at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Atea Pharmaceuticals

Atea Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVIR) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of oral therapeutics for severe viral infections. Leveraging the Company’s deep understanding of antiviral drug development, nucleos(t)ide chemistry, biology, biochemistry and virology, Atea has built a proprietary nucleotide prodrug platform to develop novel product candidates to treat single stranded ribonucleic acid, or ssRNA, viruses, which are a prevalent cause of severe viral diseases. 

Currently, Atea is focused on the development of orally-available, potent, and selective nucleotide prodrugs for difficult-to-treat, life-threatening viral infections, including severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, dengue virus, hepatitis C virus (HCV) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

Jean-Pierre Sommadossi, Ph.D., Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Atea together with other members of the Atea management team, will participate in a fireside chat at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Beam Therapeutics

Beam Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAM) is a biotechnology company developing precision genetic medicines through base editing. Beam Therapeutics is committed to establishing the leading, fully integrated platform for precision genetic medicines. To achieve this vision, Beam has assembled a platform that includes a suite of gene editing and delivery technologies and is in the process of building internal manufacturing capabilities. 

Beam’s suite of gene editing technologies is anchored by base editing, a proprietary technology that enables precise, predictable and efficient single base changes, at targeted genomic sequences, without making double-stranded breaks in the DNA. This enables a wide range of potential therapeutic editing strategies that Beam is using to advance a diversified portfolio of base editing programs. Beam is a values-driven organization committed to its people, cutting-edge science, and a vision of providing life-long cures to patients suffering from serious diseases.

John Evans, chief executive officer, will participate in a fireside chat during the 2021 William Blair Biotech Focus Conference on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

BeyondSpring

BeyondSpring Inc. (NASDAQ: BYSI) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative cancer therapies. Headquartered in New York City, BeyondSpring is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative cancer therapies to improve clinical outcomes for patients who have high unmet medical needs. 

BeyondSpring’s first-in-class lead asset plinabulin, a Selective Immunomodulating Microtubule-Binding Agent (SIMBA), is being developed as a “pipeline in a drug.” It is filed for approval and has received Priority Review in the U.S. and China for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (CIN) with a PDUFA date of November 30, 2021 in the U.S., and has a fully enrolled pivotal study (Dublin-3) to test an anti-cancer benefit with an overall survival primary endpoint in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). 

Management will participate in the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference being held virtually on July 14-15, 2021 and be available for 1×1 meetings.

Brickell Biotech

Brickell Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBI) is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative and differentiated prescription therapeutics for the treatment of debilitating skin diseases.

The company focus is on its lead asset sofpironium bromide for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. Brickell’s executive management team and board of directors bring extensive experience in product development and global commercialization, having served in leadership roles at large global pharmaceutical companies and biotechs that have developed and/or launched successful products, including several that were first-in-class and/or achieved iconic status, such as Cialis, Taltz, Gemzar, Prozac, Cymbalta and Juvederm. Brickell’s strategy is to leverage this experience to in-license, acquire, develop and commercialize innovative and differentiated pharmaceutical products that Brickell believes can be successful in the marketplace and transform lives by solving currently unmet patient needs.

The Brickell management team will participate in one-on-one investor meetings at the upcoming William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021, taking place virtually July 14 – 15.

Celyad Oncology

Celyad Oncology SA (Euronext & NASDAQ: CYAD) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR T) therapies for cancer.

The Company is developing a pipeline of allogeneic (off-the-shelf) and autologous (personalized) CAR T cell therapy candidates for the treatment of both hematological malignancies and solid tumors. Celyad Oncology was founded in 2007 and is based in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium and New York, NY. 

Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. David Gilham, will participate in a panel discussion titled “Cell Therapies in the Next Decade” to be held on Wednesday, July 14th, at 08:55 a.m. ET at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 taking place virtually from July 14-15, 2021. The management team will participate in one-on-one investor meetings throughout the conference as well.

Chinook Therapeutics

Chinook Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: KDNY) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of precision medicines for kidney diseases. Chinook’s product candidates are being investigated in rare, severe chronic kidney disorders with opportunities for well-defined clinical pathways. Chinook’s lead program is atrasentan, a phase 3 endothelin receptor antagonist for the treatment of IgA nephropathy and other proteinuric glomerular diseases. 

BION-1301, an anti-APRIL monoclonal antibody is being evaluated in a phase 1b trial for IgA nephropathy. In addition, Chinook is advancing CHK-336, an oral small molecule LDHA inhibitor for the treatment of primary hyperoxaluria, as well as research programs for other rare, severe chronic kidney diseases. Chinook is building its pipeline by leveraging insights in kidney single cell RNA sequencing, human-derived organoids and new translational models, to discover and develop therapeutics with differentiating mechanisms of action against key kidney disease pathways. 

Chinook management is scheduled to participate in a virtual fireside chat at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET.

Codiak BioSciences

Codiak BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDAK) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on pioneering the development of exosome-based therapeutics as a new class of medicines.

Codiak believes this new class of medicines has the potential to transform the treatment of a wide spectrum of diseases with high unmet medical need. By leveraging the biology of exosomes as natural intercellular transfer mechanisms, Codiak has developed its proprietary engEx™ Platform to expand upon the innate properties of exosomes to design, engineer and manufacture novel exosome therapeutic candidates. Codiak has utilized its engEx Platform to generate a deep pipeline of engineered exosomes aimed at treating a broad range of disease areas, spanning oncology, neuro-oncology, neurology, neuromuscular disease and infectious disease.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Douglas E. Williams, Ph.D., will participate in two virtual panel discussions and virtual 1×1 meetings at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 including the Developing Therapies for the Next Immuno-Oncology Targets panel on Wednesday, July 14 from 2:10-3:10 p.m. ET along  with the Non-Viral Drug Delivery panel on Thursday, July 15 from 2:00-2:45 p.m. ET.

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Crescendo Biologics

Crescendo Biologics Ltd is a clinical stage immuno-oncology company developing novel, targeted T cell enhancing therapeutics. The Company’s ability to develop multi-functional Humabody therapeutics is based on its unique, patent protected, transgenic mouse platform generating 100% human VH domain building blocks (Humabody VH). 

Leading its proprietary pipeline, Crescendo Biologics has developed CB307, a novel half-life extended CD137 x PSMA Humabody® for the selective activation of tumour-specific T cells exclusively within the tumour microenvironment. CB307 is designed to achieve a longer lasting anti-cancer effect whilst avoiding systemic toxicity, and the clinical programme for CB307 is underway in patients with PSMA positive solid tumours.

Senior members of the executive team will be participating at the  William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021, 14-15 July 2021. The team will  be participating in Panel II – Moving Beyond Monoclonals: The Potential of Multispecific Therapies on 14 July at 11:20 a.m. ET.

Exelixis

Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) is a commercially successful, oncology-focused biotechnology company that strives to accelerate the discovery, development and commercialization of new medicines for difficult-to-treat cancers. 

Exelixis discovery efforts have resulted in four commercially available products, CABOMETYX® (cabozantinib), COMETRIQ® (cabozantinib), COTELLIC® (cobimetinib) and MINNEBRO® (esaxerenone), and the company has entered into partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies to bring these important medicines to patients worldwide. 

Exelixis is a member of the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) MidCap 400 index, which measures the performance of profitable mid-sized companies. In November 2020, the company was named to Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list for the first time, ranking 17th overall and the third-highest biopharmaceutical company. 

Peter Lamb, Ph.D., Exelixis Executive Vice President, Scientific Strategy and Chief Scientific Officer, will present at the virtual William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 on Thursday, July 15th at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Foghorn Therapeutics

Foghorn Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: FHTX) is a company pioneering the discovery and development of a new class of medicines targeting genetically determined dependencies within the chromatin regulatory system. Through its proprietary scalable Gene Traffic Control® platform, Foghorn is systematically studying, identifying and validating potential drug targets within the chromatin regulatory system. The company is developing multiple product candidates in oncology.

Adrian Gottschalk, President & Chief Executive Officer, is scheduled to participate in a panel at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 titled “Next Generation Small Molecules in Oncology Panel” on Thursday, July 15th at 9:00 a.m. ET.

Generation Bio 

Generation Bio Co. (NASDAQ: GBIO) is an innovative genetic medicines company creating a new class of non-viral gene therapy. The company is focused on providing durable, redosable treatments for people living with rare and prevalent diseases. The company’s non-viral platform incorporates a proprietary, high-capacity DNA construct called closed-ended DNA, or ceDNA; a cell-targeted lipid nanoparticle delivery system, or ctLNP; and an established, scalable capsid-free manufacturing process. 

The platform is designed to enable multi-year durability from a single dose of ceDNA and to allow titration and redosing if needed. The ctLNP is designed to deliver large genetic payloads, including multiple genes, to specific tissues to address a wide range of indications. The company’s efficient, scalable manufacturing process supports Generation Bio’s mission to extend the reach of gene therapy to more people, living with more diseases, in more places around the world.

Geoff McDonough, M.D., president and chief executive officer, will present at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 on Thursday, July 15, at 9:00 a.m. ET.

Ikena Oncology

Ikena Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKNA) is a targeted oncology company focused on developing therapies targeting key signaling pathways that drive the formation and spread of cancer.

Ikena is advancing five programs that include four product candidates in either clinical development or IND-enabling studies: IK-930, a TEAD inhibitor targeting the Hippo signaling pathway; an ERK5 inhibitor program targeting the KRAS signaling pathway; IK-175, an AHR antagonist; IK-412, a kynurenine-degrading enzyme; and IK-007, an EP4 receptor antagonist. Ikena has entered into a global strategic collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for its IK-175 and IK-412 programs.

Dr. Mark Manfredi, CEO of Ikena Oncology, will participate in a panel discussing next-generation approaches to targeted oncology at the upcoming virtual William Blair Biotech Focus Conference on Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. ET.

iTeos Therapeutics

iTeos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITOS) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company pioneering the discovery and development of a new generation of highly differentiated immuno-oncology therapeutics for patients. The Company’s innovative pipeline includes two clinical-stage programs targeting novel, validated immuno-oncology. The initial antibody product candidate, EOS-448, is a high affinity, potent, anti-TIGIT antibody with a functional Fc domain, designed to enhance the anti-tumor response through a multifaceted immune modulatory mechanism.

An open-label Phase 1 clinical trial of EOS-448 is ongoing in adult cancer patients with advanced solid tumors with preliminary data indicating preliminary clinical activity as a monotherapy and a favorable tolerability profile. The Company is also advancing inupadenant, a first insurmountable adenosine A2A receptor antagonist in clinical development tailored to overcome cancer immunosuppression. iTeos is conducting an open-label multi-arm Phase 1/2a clinical trial of inupadenant in adult cancer patients with advanced solid tumors. Preliminary results indicate encouraging single-agent activity as well as the identification of a potential predictive biomarker.

Michel Detheux, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, will participate in a panel discussion at the upcoming William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 titled: “Developing Therapies for the Next IO Targets” on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 2:10 p.m. ET.

Jounce Therapeutics

Jounce Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNCE) is a clinical-stage company focused on the discovery and development of novel cancer immunotherapies and predictive biomarkers. Jounce Therapeutics is developing therapies that enable the immune system to attack tumors and provide long-lasting benefits to patients through a biomarker-driven approach. Jounce currently has multiple development stage programs ongoing while simultaneously advancing additional early-stage assets from its robust discovery engine based on its Translational Science Platform. 

Jounce’s highest priority program, JTX-8064, is a LILRB2 (ILT4) receptor antagonist shown to reprogram immune-suppressive tumor associated macrophages to an anti-tumor state in preclinical studies. A Phase 1 clinical trial, named INNATE, of JTX-8064 as a monotherapy and in combination with pimivalimab (formerly JTX-4014), Jounce’s internal PD-1 inhibitor, is currently enrolling patients with advanced solid tumors. Jounce’s most advanced product candidate, vopratelimab, is a monoclonal antibody that binds to and activates ICOS, and is currently being studied in the SELECT Phase 2 trial. Pimivalimab is a PD-1 inhibitor intended for combination use in the INNATE and SELECT trials and with Jounce’s broader pipeline. Additionally, Jounce obtained IND clearance for and exclusively licensed worldwide rights to JTX-1811, a monoclonal antibody targeting CCR8 and designed to selectively deplete T regulatory cells in the tumor microenvironment, to Gilead Sciences, Inc. 

Dmitri Wiederschain, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer will participate in a panel discussion at the William Blair’s Biotech Focus Conference taking place virtually on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 4:20 PM ET.

Kezar Life Sciences

Kezar Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: KZR) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company discovering and developing breakthrough treatments for immune-mediated and oncologic disorders. The company is pioneering first-in-class, small-molecule therapies that harness master regulators of cellular function to inhibit multiple drivers of disease via single, powerful targets. KZR-616, its lead development candidate, is a selective immunoproteasome inhibitor being evaluated in Phase 2 clinical trials in lupus nephritis, dermatomyositis and polymyositis.

KZR-261, the first anti-cancer clinical candidate from the company’s platform targeting the Sec61 translocon and the protein secretion pathway, is undergoing IND-enabling activities.

Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Christopher Kirk, will participate in the “Novel Targets for Autoimmune Diseases” panel discussion at William Blair’s Biotech Focus Conference on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Kinnate Biopharma

Kinnate Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ: KNTE) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule kinase inhibitors for difficult-to-treat, genomically defined cancers.

Kinnate is focused on the discovery and development of small molecule kinase inhibitors for difficult-to-treat, genomically defined cancers. Kinnate’s mission is to expand the reach of targeted therapeutics by developing products for underserved populations. Kinnate utilizes its deep expertise in structure-based drug discovery, translational research, and patient-driven precision medicine, which it refers to as the Kinnate Discovery Engine, to develop targeted therapies. Based in San Francisco and San Diego, California, the Kinnate team is composed of drug discovery experts supported by a distinguished group of scientific advisors. 

Chief Executive Officer Nima Farzan will participate in the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference on the panel titled “Next Generation Small Molecules in Oncology” on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 9:00 AM ET. Members of the Kinnate management team will also host investor meetings during the conference.

Merus

Merus N.V. (NASDAQ: MRUS) is a clinical-stage oncology company developing innovative, full-length multispecific antibodies (Biclonics® and Triclonics®).

These full-length human bispecific and trispecific antibody therapeutics are referred to as Multiclonics®. Multiclonics® are manufactured using industry standard processes and have been observed in preclinical and clinical studies to have several of the same features of conventional human monoclonal antibodies, such as long half-life and low immunogenicity. 

Bill Lundberg, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Merus, will participate in a panel discussion, Moving Beyond Monoclonals: The Potential of Multispecific Therapies, at William Blair’s Biotech Focus Conference 2021 on Wednesday, July 14 at 11:20 a.m. ET.

Neurana Pharmaceuticals

Neurana Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biotechnology pharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of neuromuscular conditions. Neurana is a privately held, clinical-stage, biotechnology company focused on the treatment of neuromuscular conditions, including acute, painful muscle spasms of the back. 

The company was founded in 2013 and is based in San Diego. Neurana’s lead development compound is tolperisone, a novel, non-opioid, non-drowsy, non-cognitive impairing treatment, which the company is developing for the large population of patients who experience muscle spasms.

Neurana announced that the company will participate at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference.

Neurocrine Biosciences

Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: NBIX) is a neuroscience-focused, biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering, developing and delivering life-changing treatments for people with serious, challenging and under-addressed neurological, endocrine and psychiatric disorders. 

The company’s diverse portfolio includes FDA-approved treatments for tardive dyskinesia, Parkinson’s disease, endometriosis*, uterine fibroids* and clinical programs in multiple therapeutic areas. (* in collaboration with AbbVie) For nearly three decades, Neurocrine Biosciences has specialized in targeting and interrupting disease-causing mechanisms involving the interconnected pathways of the nervous and endocrine systems. 

Kyle Gano, Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer, will participate in a neuropsychology-focused panel discussion at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday July 15, 2021.

Praxis Precision Medicines

Praxis Precision Medicines, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company translating genetic insights into the development of therapies for central nervous system (CNS) disorders characterized by neuronal imbalance.

Praxis is applying insights from genetic epilepsies to broader neurological and psychiatric disorders, using our understanding of shared biological targets and circuits in the brain. Praxis has established a broad portfolio, including multiple disclosed programs across CNS disorders including depression, epilepsy, movement disorders and pain syndromes, with three clinical-stage product candidates. 

Management will participate in the ‘Updates in Neuropsych’ panel on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET during the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference.

ReCode Therapeutics

ReCode Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company pioneering disease-modifying genetic medicines using its SORT-LNP platform. 

The SORT-LNP platform targets organs and tissues beyond the liver. The Company’s pipeline includes lead programs for patients with life-limiting genetic respiratory diseases, including cystic fibrosis and primary ciliary dyskinesia. The Company is leveraging its SORT-LNP and nucleic acid technologies and utilizing systemic and direct delivery for mRNA-mediated replacement and gene editing/correction in target cells, including stem cells.

CEO and President, David Lockhart, Ph.D., will participate in a panel discussion on non-viral drug delivery at the upcoming William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 at 2:00 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

Replimune

Replimune Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REPL) is a biotechnology company developing oncolytic immuno-gene therapies derived from its Immulytic® platform. The company headquartered in Woburn, MA, was founded in 2015 to develop the next generation of oncolytic immune-gene therapies for the treatment of cancer. 

Replimune is developing novel, proprietary therapeutics intended to improve the direct cancer-killing effects of selective virus replication and the potency of the immune response to the tumor antigens released. Replimune’s Immulytic® platform is designed to maximize systemic immune activation, in particular to tumor neoantigens, through robust viral-mediated immunogenic tumor cell killing and the delivery of optimal combinations of immune-activating proteins to the tumor and draining lymph nodes. The approach is expected to be highly synergistic with immune checkpoint blockade and other approaches to cancer treatment across a broad range of cancers. Replimune intends to progress these therapies rapidly through clinical development in combination with other immuno-oncology products with complementary mechanisms of action as well as in standalone indications. 

Robert Coffin, Ph.D., President and Chief Research & Development Officer of Replimune, will participate in a panel titled “Novel Mechanisms and Strategies for Addressing PD-(L)1 Refractory/Resistant Tumors” at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 taking place virtually on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 4:20 PM ET.

Selecta Biosciences

Selecta Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: SELB) is a clinical stage biotechnology company leveraging its ImmTOR™ platform to develop tolerogenic therapies that selectively mitigate unwanted immune responses. With a proven ability to induce tolerance to highly immunogenic proteins, ImmTOR has the potential to amplify the efficacy of biologic therapies, including redosing of life-saving gene therapies, as well as restore the body’s natural self-tolerance in autoimmune diseases. Selecta has several proprietary and partnered programs in its pipeline focused on enzyme therapies, gene therapies, and autoimmune diseases.

Selecta’s Chief Executive Officer, Carsten Brunn, Ph.D., will participate in one-on-one investor meetings and Chief Science Officer, Takashi Kei Kishimoto, Ph.D., will participate in a panel discussion at the William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 titled “Delivery and Durability of Genetic Medicines” on Thursday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Tempest Therapeutics

Tempest Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: TPST) is a clinical-stage oncology company developing potentially first-in-class therapeutics that combine both targeted and immune-mediated mechanisms. The company’s two novel clinical programs are TPST-1495 and TPST-1120, antagonists of EP2/EP4 and PPARα, respectively.

Both TPST-1495 and TPST-1120 are advancing through Phase 1 studies designed to study both agents as monotherapies and in combination with other approved agents. Tempest is also developing an orally-available inhibitor of TREX-1 designed to activate selectively the cGAS/STING pathway, an innate immune response pathway important for the development of anti-tumor immunity.

Sam Whiting, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer, will participate in a webcast panel titled “Developing Therapies for the Next Immuno-Oncology Targets” at the William Blair 2021 Biotech Focus Conference on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 2:10 p.m. ET.

VistaGen Therapeutics

VistaGen Therapeutics (NASDAQ: VTGN) is a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing a new generation of medicines with the potential to go beyond the current standard of care for anxiety, depression, and other central nervous system (“CNS”) disorders.

Each of VistaGen’s three drug candidates has a differentiated potential mechanism of action, has been well-tolerated in all clinical studies to date, and has therapeutic potential in multiple CNS markets. 

Management will participate in the ‘Updates in Neuropsych’ panel at the virtual William Blair Biotech Focus Conference 2021 on July 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. PT. VistaGen will also be participating in one-on-one meetings throughout the conference.

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