Category: In the News

Synbiobeta: PvP takes a nontraditional path to early stage drug development and financing

May 1, 2017

Winning iGEM award was just the beginning The KumaMax project got its start in 2011 as an undergraduate project at the University of Washington (UW) for the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. The iGEM competition is the premiere student team competition in synthetic biology. The 2011 UW iGEM team entered a computer-generated protein design to combat…

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Ozy News: How Designer Proteins Could Change Your Life

March 8, 2017

Ozy News spoke with Drs. David Baker and Ingrid Swanson Pultz about using Rosetta, a computer software program, to design novel proteins, like KumaMax. KumaMax is a uniquely engineered, recombinant enzyme that is designed to be active under acidic stomach conditions and has high specificity for the parts of gluten that trigger the autoimmune reaction leading…

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In the News: PvP Biologics and Takeda Deal

January 6, 2017

In a unique deal, PvP Biologics skipped venture funding and brought on pharma partner Takeda in a $35 million agreement to advance a therapeutic candidate, called KumaMax, for celiac disease into clinical trials. In an interview with MedCity News, President and CEO Adam Simpson said the collaboration arms the startup with the financing and freedom needed…

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