Accent Therapeutics Announces $63 Million Series B Financing to Advance Novel, Precision Cancer Therapies Targeting Rna-modifying Proteins
Proceeds enable advancement of lead program into clinical development and support progression of additional programs
Lexington, MA, April 23, 2020 – Accent Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company developing breakthrough treatments for cancer patients, announced today that it has completed a $63 million Series B financing. The Series B was led by EcoR1 Capital with participation by GV, AbbVie Ventures, The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research, NS Investment and Droia Ventures as well as existing investors, Atlas Venture and The Column Group.
Proceeds from the financing will be used to advance the development of Accent’s novel therapies targeting RNA-modifying proteins (RMPs), including its lead programs METTL3 and ADAR1, and to continue to expand its pipeline in the rich target space of RNA modification.
“We are thrilled to have the support of this remarkable group of investors that share our vision for developing novel therapies for patients in need,” said Shakti Narayan, Chief Executive Officer of Accent Therapeutics. “With the progress we have made to-date and expect to, make in the coming months, the next phase of Accent’s growth is set to be truly transformational.”
Since launching in 2018, Accent has advanced a broad pipeline of programs, including its two lead programs – METTL3 and ADAR1. METTL3 is an RNA methyltransferase implicated in AML, specific solid tumors and immuno-oncology. ADAR1 is an RNA editor with compelling validation for solid tumors with elevated intrinsic Type I interferon-stimulated gene signaling (comprising ~15-30% of solid tumors) and has also been suggested to play a key role in immuno-oncology. By targeting the proteins that modify RNA, Accent is able to apply the proven approach of enzyme-directed small molecule therapies to a rich and novel class of enzymes with the ability to impact RNA pathobiology.
“Opportunities to have such a broad impact in novel areas of biology are becoming increasingly rare,” said Oleg Nodelman, Founder and Managing Director of EcoR1 Capital. “The team at Accent is well-positioned to lead this area of drug development and achieve the rich therapeutic potential of these exciting programs.”
About Accent Therapeutics
Accent Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company developing oncology-focused, small molecule therapies in the emerging field of RNA modification. This field of biology encompasses post-transcriptional chemical modifications of RNA that provide cells with a unique mechanism for regulating proteins critical for cellular growth and differentiation. By targeting cancer-linked RMPs with precision therapies, the Company aims to translate extraordinary science into life-changing therapies for patients. For more information, please visit www.accenttx.com.
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