DTx Pharma2021-04-14T16:58:56-07:00

Taking RNA Medicines
to New Heights

We are Problem Solvers
and Proven Drug Developers.

At DTx, we are a group of flexible, innovative thinkers who are determined to solve one of the biggest challenges limiting the development of genetic medicines.  Anchored by our expertise in RNA therapeutics and our proprietary FALCON™ platform, we’ve developed a unique pipeline of novel therapeutic candidates to help patients with ocular, neuromuscular and CNS diseases.

To advance the FALCON platform toward and into clinical development, DTx has raised more than $100M in combined investment from world’s leading healthcare investors including RA Capital and Access Biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly, the National Institute of Health (NIH), and research foundations such as the CMT Research Foundation (CMTRF).

Unlocking Oligonucleotide Therapeutics.

RNA medicines can address countless disease targets, currently undruggable by small molecules or biologics, by inhibiting or altering the expression of disease-causing genes.

Historically, this class of medications, which includes siRNA and antisense oligonucleotides, has been hampered by challenges with drug delivery.

DTx Pharma FALCON technology addresses the fundamental challenges associated with delivering RNA therapeutics by leveraging fatty acid receptors for cellular uptake and leveraging fatty acid albumin interactions to promote biodistribution.  Our team has created a platform called FALCON™ (Fatty Acid Ligand Conjugated OligoNucleotide) that promotes efficient non-toxic cellular uptake and enhanced systemic bioavailability. We combine the latest in RNA technology with our own proprietary IP to create novel therapies that can efficiently reach targets beyond the liver, taking RNA therapeutics to new heights.

FALCON:

Fatty Acid Ligand Conjugated OligoNucleotide

DTx’s strategy to advance our unique platform is to:

Focus on genetically-defined diseases

Prioritize indications with limited competition where DTx can own the space

Explore partnering opportunities across on-strategy therapeutics areas and in novel therapeutic areas where our FALCON technology can provide value

Slide CNS, Oncology
Immunology
Programs Skeletal Muscle/Heart
Target(s)
Discovery Lead Identification IND-Enabling Clinical Neuromuscular Eye Muscle Target Other Pan Retinitis Pigmentosa Genetic Retinitis Pigmentosa Peripheral Nervous System Target(s)

Our Lead Programs

Eye

DTx Pharma is pursuing numerous opportunities in ophthalmology as there are a large number of indications with significant unmet need where RNA therapeutics are attractive and because RNA therapeutics have significant advantages over gene therapies in terms of distribution to cells with underlying genetic lesions.  Further, RNA therapeutics can last as much as a year following a single injection.  Our most advanced program in the eye targets a disease called retinitis pigmentosa (RP).
We anticipate moving our first clinical candidates for RP into clinical development in 2022.

Neuromuscular

Our FALCON platform enables delivery of RNA therapeutics to key tissues impacted in neuromuscular diseases, including muscle, heart and peripheral nerves.  We are pursuing multiple genetic diseases driven by genetic defects in skeletal muscle, cardiac muscle and the peripheral nervous system.  We anticipate moving our first clinical candidates for neuromuscular disease(s) into clinical development in 2023.

Other Research Areas

Our FALCON platform also has the potential to address neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, immune and oncology indications. DTx Pharma has been awarded multiple grants from the NIH (NCATS, NIA), and foundations including the TPEP program of the Alzheimer’s Association and Rainwater Charitable Trust and the CMTRF to advance its efforts to treat CNS diseases.

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Our Leadership Team

Arthur T. Suckow PhD

Co-founder, CEO and CSO

Arthur T. Suckow PhD

Dr. Suckow received his BS from the University of Delaware and his PhD from University of California, San Diego.  He has worked for Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Regulus Therapeutics. Dr. Suckow’s extensive experience in fatty acid pharmacology includes advancing small molecules targeting fatty acids and fatty-acid conjugated peptides into early clinical development.  Dr. Suckow has received numerous awards including a Beckman Fellowship, NSF graduate research fellowship, a BIOCOM catalyst award and many others.

Denise Bevers

Chief Operating Officer

Denise Bevers

Ms. Bevers joined DTx as Chief Operating Officer in November 2020. She brings over 30 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry experience to DTx, with significant drug development expertise and a history of building clinical, commercial and manufacturing teams. Prior to joining DTx, Ms. Bevers served as President & COO of Kindred Biosciences, a veterinary biopharmaceutical company that she co-founded in 2012. Previously, Ms. Bevers was President & Founding Partner of SD Scientific and held management positions at Elan Pharmaceuticals, SkyePharma, Quintiles, and Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. Currently, Ms. Bevers serves on the Board of Directors of KindredBio, Hilltop Bio and on the Board of Trustees of the La Jolla Playhouse.

Bryan Laffitte PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Bryan Laffitte PhD

Dr. Laffitte brings almost twenty years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry experience to DTx, with significant expertise leading research teams across many scientific disciplines and advancing programs from pre-clinical development through IND filings.  Dr. Laffitte joins DTx from Inception Therapeutics, Inc., where we served as Vice President, Biology and was responsible for the managing research activities for Inception and several of its subsidiary companies including Tempest Therapeutics, Lycia Therapeutics, Osprey Therapeutics and Metis Therapeutics.

Charles Allerson PhD

VP Chemistry

Charles Allerson PhD

Dr. Charles “Chuck” Allerson joined DTx Pharma as VP of Chemistry and Drug Development in August of 2019. His extensive experience in oligonucleotide chemistry and therapeutics will help accelerate development of the DTx delivery platform and help leverage this technology for the development of new therapies. Prior to joining DTx Pharma, Dr. Allerson served as VP of Chemistry at Stoke Therapeutics, where he supported early stage discovery as well as the development of Stoke’s lead compound, STK-001, for the treatment of Dravet Syndrome.

Our Board of Directors

Andrew Adams

CSO, RNA Therapeutics, Eli Lilly & Co.

Andrew Adams

Andrew is Eli Lilly’s Chief Scientific Officer for RNA Therapeutics. His eight year tenure at Eli Lilly & Co. includes positions of increasing responsibility in metabolism, diabetes and external innovation. Prior to joining Eli Lilly, Andrew was a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. Andrew received his Bsc (honors) and his PhD in Zoology and Neuroscience at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Dan Becker MD PhD

Access Biotechnology

Dan Becker MD PhD

Dan Becker is a Partner at Access Biotechnology, the biopharmaceutical investing arm of Access Industries, a privately held US-based industrial group with global strategic investments of $25+ billion. Prior to joining Access, Dan was a Principal at New Leaf Venture Partners, where he played a key role in multiple private and public biopharma investments, and a Principal in the Health Care practice at the Boston Consulting Group, where he led projects across the healthcare sector with an emphasis on biopharma R&D. Dan trained clinically in internal medicine and nephrology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, and was a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. He obtained both his MD and PhD (Cellular and Molecular Biology) degrees from the University of Michigan, and received his BS in Physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jeff Friedman MD PhD

Managing Partner Friedman Bioventure Fund

Jeff Friedman MD PhD

Dr. Friedman is an experienced life sciences investor with over 50 previous investments in the sector. He is a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, receiving his MD/PhD from Stanford and clinical training at Boston Children’s Hospital/DFCI. Prior to his current role, he led the life sciences section of Tech Coast Angels, San Diego, the largest Angel Investment group in the US. As a philanthropist, Dr. Friedman served on the board of CurePSP and continues to manage the PSP Genetics Consortium, a collaborative sequencing effort between CurePSP, NIH, the Tau Consortium and 13 academic investigators around the world. Earlier in his career, Dr. Friedman led a basic hematology research lab for nearly a decade at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego. In addition to DTx Pharma, Dr. Friedman is also on the board of Pet Dx.

John Grundy PhD

Co-founder, DTx Pharma

John Grundy PhD

Dr. Grundy received his PhD from University of Alberta and has more than 20 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry including at Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly & Company, GlaxoWellcome and Elan Pharmaceuticals. He was VP of DMPK & Clinical Pharmacology at Ionis and over his career, has worked on 6 approved therapeutics, including the oligonucleotide therapeutics Kynamro® and Spinraza®, the biologics Tysabri® and Prialt®, and the small molecules Zonegran® and Contrave®. He has proven that he can successfully manage assets from early clinical development through to POC in man. Dr. Grundy is currently VP of Nonclinical Development and Clinical Pharmacology at Arena Pharmaceuticals.

Matthew Hammond PhD

Board Member

Matthew Hammond PhD

Matthew Hammond joined RA Capital in 2014 and is currently a Principal on the Investment Team. Matthew works on both public and private investments and serves as a Director for Cerebral Therapeutics, Kira Pharmaceuticals, and Research Alliance Corp I. Matthew holds a BS in Environmental Health Science from the University of Georgia and both a PhD in Biomedical Science and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Connecticut. His graduate research investigated innate immune responses after intracerebral hemorrhage.

Tim Scott

CEO, TEGA Therapeutics

Tim Scott

Mr. Scott is co-founder and CEO of TEGA Therapeutics. He previously was President of Pharmatek Labs, a CDMO sold to Catalent in 2016. Mr. Scott also serves on the Board of Avelas Bioiosciences, BIOCOM and CONNECT, a non-profit helping to create innovation in San Diego. At UC San Diego, he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Division of Biological Sciences.  Mr. Scott also serves on the board of the San Diego Blood Bank, and as a trustee for the La Jolla Playhouse. Mr. Scott earned his B.A. in Biochemistry, and his J.D. from UCSD and is a member of the California Bar.

Arthur Suckow PhD

CEO, DTx Pharma

Arthur Suckow PhD

Dr. Suckow received his BS from the University of Delaware and his PhD from University of California, San Diego.  He has worked for Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Regulus Therapeutics. Dr. Suckow’s extensive experience in fatty acid pharmacology includes advancing small molecules targeting fatty acids and fatty-acid conjugated peptides into early clinical development.  Dr. Suckow has received numerous awards including a Beckman Fellowship, NSF graduate research fellowship, a BIOCOM catalyst award and many others.

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Careers

We pride ourselves on solving problems, pushing the boundaries of science, and creating state-of-the-art medicines. Addressing complex, genetic diseases with creative thinking and novel science is what moves us ahead and what will improve the lives of patients.

Job Description:

DTx Pharma is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to support research and preclinical activities. The successful candidate will be a member of the bioanalytical and drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK) team, which develops bioanalytical assays for oligonucleotide quantification and metabolite profiling, supports in vivo studies to understand the uptake of oligonucleotides into biological matrices and their metabolism, facilitates relationships with CROs for method development, method qualification/validation, method transfer, and sample analysis. This position operates within a fast-paced interdisciplinary environment, so good communication, flexibility and being organized and detailed-oriented are required.

Responsibilities:

  • Processing and analyzing animal plasma and tissue samples
  • Executing hybridization-based ELISA assays
  • Supporting the optimization of existing quantitative bioanalytical methods (HELISA) and the development of new assays to analyze oligonucleotides in biological matrices (HPLC-MS, HPLC-FD)
  • Implementing experiments, performing primary data analysis, reporting results, and providing proposals on follow-up experiments
  • Operating and maintaining lab equipment and instruments
  • Keeping accurate and complete records of all scientific experiments and ensuring that these records and raw data are properly retained
  • General lab duties such as reagents preparation, stocking of supplies, cleaning, sample shipping and receiving
  • Working collaboratively with other members of the chemistry and biology teams
  • Effective presentation at internal meetings as well as clear written and verbal communication

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in biochemistry or chemistry, or related discipline with at least 3 years of industry experience, or Ph.D. degree in biochemistry or chemistry, or related discipline with 0-2 years of relevant experience
  • 2 years of hands-on experience with ELISA and/or HPLC techniques and applications is required.
  • 2 years of hands-on experience with biological sample preparation is required. Previous experience with oligonucleotide extraction from plasma and tissue samples is preferred.
  • Previous experience with maintenance and troubleshooting of BioTek microplate washer, MSD microplate reader, HPLC system, and other basic lab equipment
  • Previous experience with bioanalytical techniques for oligonucleotides is preferred. (e.g., mass spectrometer, fluorescence)
  • Previous experience with pharmacokinetic (PK) concepts is a plus
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work as a team player in a dynamic environment

Company Overview:

DTx Pharma, Inc. is a privately-held biotechnology company based in San Diego, CA creating novel RNA-based therapeutics to treat the genetic drivers of disease. The company’s proprietary delivery technology platform utilizes fatty acids as targeting ligands to enable the delivery of oligonucleotide therapies to tissues and cell types throughout the body. In preclinical studies, DTx has demonstrated cellular uptake and broad activity of oligonucleotides in the retina, muscle, heart, neurons, T cells, and other specialized cell types. To advance the FALCON platform toward and into clinical development, DTx has raised more than $100M in combined investment from several of the world’s leading healthcare investors including RA Capital Management and Access Biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly and Company, the National Institute of Health (NIH), and research foundations such as the CMT Research Foundation (CMTRF). To learn more about DTx Pharma, please visit www.dtxpharma.com and follow DTx on LinkedIn and Twitter @DTxPharma.

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DTx Pharma is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated analytical chemist to support research and preclinical activities. The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Synthesis and purification of oligonucleotides from milligram to gram scale to support research and preclinical programs
  • Synthesis and purification of oligonucleotide conjugates using proprietary chemistries and ligands
  • Method development and process optimization for efficient synthesis of oligonucleotide conjugates
  • Annealing of oligonucleotides for the preparation of double-stranded compounds
  • Operation and maintenance of oligonucleotide synthesis and purification equipment
  • Procurement of reagents and materials for oligonucleotide synthesis and purification
  • Working collaboratively with other members of the chemistry and biology teams

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry with at least 3 years of relevant experience, or Ph.D. degree in chemistry or biochemistry with 0-2 years of relevant experience
  • Previous experience with AKTA Oligopilot and/or MerMade oligonucleotide synthesis platforms
  • Previous experience with oligonucleotide conjugation chemistry
  • Previous experience with analytical techniques for oligonucleotides is a plus
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work as a team player in a dynamic environment

Company Overview:

DTx Pharma, Inc. is a privately-held biotechnology company based in San Diego, CA creating novel RNA-based therapeutics to treat the genetic drivers of disease. The company’s proprietary delivery technology platform utilizes fatty acids as targeting ligands to enable the delivery of oligonucleotide therapies to tissues and cell types throughout the body. In preclinical studies, DTx has demonstrated cellular uptake and broad activity of oligonucleotides in the retina, muscle, heart, neurons, T cells, and other specialized cell types. To advance the FALCON platform toward and into clinical development, DTx has raised more than $100M in combined investment from several of the world’s leading healthcare investors including RA Capital Management and Access Biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly and Company, the National Institute of Health (NIH), and research foundations such as the CMT Research Foundation (CMTRF). To learn more about DTx Pharma, please visit www.dtxpharma.com and follow DTx on LinkedIn and Twitter @DTxPharma.

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Job Description:

DTx Pharma is seeking a highly motivated, results-oriented research associate to join our biology team. This individual will be required to plan and execute in vitro and in vivo studies, under the supervision of Research Scientists, to support our leading research and development programs. The successful candidate will be a critical player in our efforts to break open new therapeutic areas for RNA medicines.

Responsibilities:

  • Process cells and tissues for RNA and protein assays (RNA extraction, qPCR, immunohistochemistry) and perform molecular analysis of samples
  • In vitro assay development and screening
  • Perform functional in vivo assays to support neuromuscular programs
  • Perform ELISAs to support pharmacokinetics and serum biomarkers
  • Perform data analysis
  • Present findings in group meetings

Requirements:

  • BS or MS with 1-3 years of research experience in academia or at a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company
  • Experience in cell culture
  • RNA extraction, qPCR, and ELISA experience
  • Ability to work well in collaborative fast-paced team environment
  • Knowledge of computer software and Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, GraphPad Prism)
  • Excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in small rodent handling and/or dosing preferred, but not required.
  • Experience in neuromuscular disorders is a plus
  • Experience with nucleic acid drugs (siRNA, Antisense etc.) is a plus

Compensation:

Competitive salary, health and dental insurance, benefits, 401k, stock options, gym membership, etc.

Company Overview:

DTx Pharma, Inc. is a privately-held biotechnology company based in San Diego, CA creating novel RNA-based therapeutics to treat the genetic drivers of disease. The company’s proprietary delivery technology platform utilizes fatty acids as targeting ligands to enable the delivery of oligonucleotide therapies to tissues and cell types throughout the body. In preclinical studies, DTx has demonstrated cellular uptake and broad activity of oligonucleotides in the retina, muscle, heart, neurons, T cells, and other specialized cell types. To advance the FALCON platform toward and into clinical development, DTx has raised more than $100M in combined investment from several of the world’s leading healthcare investors including RA Capital Management and Access Biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly and Company, the National Institute of Health (NIH), and research foundations such as the CMT Research Foundation (CMTRF). To learn more about DTx Pharma, please visit www.dtxpharma.com and follow DTx on LinkedIn and Twitter @DTxPharma.

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Job Description:

DTx Pharma is seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated, results-oriented scientist to join our Nervous System team. This individual will be required to execute and support ongoing in vitro and in vivo studies to support our leading research and peripheral and central nervous system delivery programs. The successful candidate will provide critical support to our efforts to develop novel therapeutic areas for diseases with high unmet medical need.

Responsibilities:

  • Culture of primary cells and cell lines
  • Tissue processing to support RNA and protein assays (Western, qPCR, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization assays)
  • ELISAs to support pharmacokinetics and serum biomarkers
  • Development of functional behavioral assays to support CNS programs
  • Data collection, organization, analysis and presentation
  • Assist with dosing (intravenous, subcutaneous, intrathecal and intracerebroventricular), bleeding and tissue collection

Requirements:

  • BS or MS with 3-5 years of experience in academia or a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company
  • Experience developing and executing in vitro experiments
  • Ability to work well in collaborative, fast-paced team environment
  • Excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of computer software and Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, GraphPad Prism)

Compensation: Competitive salary, health and dental insurance, benefits, 401k, stock options, gym etc.

Company Overview:

DTx Pharma, Inc. is a privately-held biotechnology company based in San Diego, CA creating novel RNA-based therapeutics to treat the genetic drivers of disease. The company’s proprietary delivery technology platform utilizes fatty acids as targeting ligands to enable the delivery of oligonucleotide therapies to tissues and cell types throughout the body. In preclinical studies, DTx has demonstrated cellular uptake and broad activity of oligonucleotides in the retina, muscle, heart, neurons, T cells, and other specialized cell types. To advance the FALCON platform toward and into clinical development, DTx has raised more than $100M in combined investment from several of the world’s leading healthcare investors including RA Capital Management and Access Biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly and Company, the National Institute of Health (NIH), and research foundations such as the CMT Research Foundation (CMTRF). To learn more about DTx Pharma, please visit www.dtxpharma.com and follow DTx on LinkedIn and Twitter @DTxPharma.

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