MENLO PARK, Calif. & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ReCode Therapeutics, a genetic medicines company using superior delivery to power the next wave of mRNA and gene correction therapeutics, announced today that Fierce Biotech has named it as one of 2022’s Fierce 15 biotechnology companies, designating it as one of the most promising early-stage biotechnology companies in the industry.
“In recent years, we’ve seen major advances in mRNA and gene correction therapeutics. However, their utility has been limited by current delivery systems. Thanks to the pioneering science behind ReCode’s novel selective organ targeting (SORT) lipid nanoparticle (LNP) technology, we are poised to transform the paradigm for genetic medicines with the ability to precisely target and deliver any form or combination of genetic cargo to specific organs and cells, beyond the liver,” said Shehnaaz Suliman, M.D., MBA, M.Phil., chief executive officer and board member, ReCode Therapeutics. “It is an honor to be recognized among this distinguished group of Fierce 15 industry innovators.”
ReCode is differentiated by its first-in-class modular genetic medicines delivery platform. The company’s selective organ targeting (SORT) lipid nanoparticle technology (LNP) platform is the foundation for its pipeline. Pioneered by co-founder Professor Daniel J. Siegwart, Ph.D., of the University of Texas, and described by Nature as one of the “Seven Technologies to Watch in 2022,” ReCode’s SORT LNP platform is an innovation beyond the lipid delivery system used by the mRNA COVID vaccines and novel RNA and gene correction therapeutics.
LNPs are used to package and deliver genetic cargo such as mRNA. When delivered into the blood, first-generation LNPs are primarily taken up by the liver, which limits their utility for broad therapeutic applications. ReCode’s SORT LNPs are engineered with a biochemically distinct fifth lipid to help the body “sort” and direct the LNPs to other targeted organs such as the lung and spleen, with the ability to bypass the liver, if desired.
Beyond its highly selective targeting capability, ReCode’s SORT LNP platform is further distinguished by its versatility in both mode of administration (including IV, inhaled, subcutaneous, intramuscular and intrathecal), and the diversity of genetic cargo that can be delivered (including mRNA, siRNA, DNA, gene correction components and mixed cargoes). Together, these qualities offer vast opportunities to address a wide range of unmet medical needs through a precision medicine approach that delivers the right medicine to the right organs and cells using the optimal mode of administration.
In June, ReCode announced the close of a Series B extension financing round which infused a total investment of $200M to fund the diversification of ReCode’s pipeline into central nervous system, liver, and oncology indications, while continuing to advance ReCode’s lead mRNA programs for primary ciliary dyskinesia and cystic fibrosis into the clinic.
The Fierce 15 celebrates the spirit of being “fierce” – championing innovation and creativity, even in the face of intense competition. This is Fierce Biotech’s 20th annual Fierce 15 selection. An internationally recognized daily report reaching a network of over 450,000 biotech and pharma industry professionals, Fierce Biotech provides subscribers with an authoritative analysis of the day's top stories. Every year Fierce Biotech evaluates hundreds of early-stage companies from around the world for its annual Fierce 15 list, which is based on a variety of factors such as the strength of its technology, partnerships, venture backers and a competitive market position.
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About ReCode Therapeutics
ReCode Therapeutics is a genetic medicines company using superior delivery to power the next wave of mRNA and gene correction therapeutics. ReCode’s selective organ targeting (SORT) lipid nanoparticle (LNP) platform is a next-generation, genetic medicines technology that enables precise delivery to target organs and cells beyond the liver. The SORT LNP platform is the foundation for ReCode’s pipeline of disease-modifying mRNA and gene correction therapeutics. ReCode’s lead programs are focused on primary ciliary dyskinesia and cystic fibrosis. ReCode is leveraging its SORT LNP platform and nucleic acid technologies to expand its pipeline with therapeutics that use mRNA-mediated replacement and gene correction in target organs with precision targeting of disease-relevant cells. For more information, visit www.recodetx.com and follow us on Twitter @ReCodeTx and on LinkedIn.