ReNAgade Therapeutics Launches with Over $300 Million in Series A Financing to Unlock the Limitless Potential of RNA Medicine
Company built on foundation of novel, proprietary delivery technologies and an integrated, multimodal, all-RNA platform to deliver, code, edit, and insert genetic information to correct disease
Financing led by biotechnology investors MPM BioImpact and F2 Ventures
Biotech veteran Amit D. Munshi named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Joint Venture with Orna Therapeutics combines foundational ReNAgade delivery technology with circular RNA to discover and develop programs supporting a major collaboration with Merck
Cambridge, Mass., May 23, 2023 (BUSINESSWIRE) – ReNAgade Therapeutics, a company unlocking the limitless potential for RNA medicines to correct disease, today announced a $300 million Series A financing round led by MPM BioImpact and F2 Ventures.
ReNAgade has built a comprehensive and complementary platform that combines its proprietary delivery technologies, including novel lipid nanoparticles (LNPs), with a broad array of coding, editing, and gene insertion tools, in an all-RNA system. ReNAgade aims to address major limitations in RNA therapeutics by enabling the delivery of RNA medicines to previously inaccessible tissues and cells in the body, substantially expanding the potential addressable disease market. The Company has an established joint venture with Orna Therapeutics Inc., combining ReNAgade’s delivery platform with Orna’s circular RNA technology. Subsequently, Orna has entered into a collaboration with Merck, which includes technologies developed under the Orna/ReNAgade JV.
“ReNAgade was founded on a bold idea—to dramatically transcend the boundaries of RNA medicine, a field that has made great strides but remains in its infancy,” said Ansbert Gadicke, M.D., Managing Partner of MPM BioImpact and Founder of ReNAgade. “By innovating on delivery technology and bringing an array of genomic medicine tools under one roof, ReNAgade is poised to deliver RNA to organs and tissues not previously accessible. ReNAgade’s joint venture with Orna provides early validation of the technologies that ReNAgade will continue to bring forward.”
Founded by MPM BioImpact, ReNAgade is led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Amit D. Munshi, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience leading biotech companies and most recently the CEO of Arena Pharmaceuticals, with support from a world-class executive and scientific team with deep, translational expertise across multiple RNA modalities. Pete Smith, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer and an Executive Partner at MPM BioImpact, joins from Alnylam having previously served as Chief Early Development Officer and prior to that Senior Vice President and Head of R&D Nonclinical at Moderna, while Ciaran Lawlor, Ph.D. joins as Chief Operating Officer from Boston Consulting Group, having previously held scientific roles at Moderna. Brian Shuster joins as Chief Business Officer from Bristol Myers Squibb. Brian previously worked at Johnson & Johnson where he led acquisitions, divestitures, and equity investing, and at JPMorgan, where he worked with biotech companies on strategic and financing transactions.
“In order to fulfill our mission to develop RNA medicines with the potential to treat any disease anywhere in the body, we have curated a world-class, multidisciplinary team who have collectively achieved 25 NDAs, including four in RNA medicines, and 200 INDs and have been pioneers in the field of RNA medicines,” said Amit D. Munshi, Chief Executive Officer of ReNAgade. “We are further buoyed by the support of our long-term investors and validated by the progress we have made to date—making us well-positioned to expand the reach of RNA medicine far beyond what was previously thought possible.”
About ReNAgade Therapeutics
ReNAgade exists to unlock the potential for RNA medicines to treat disease anywhere in the body. We combine our novel RNA delivery platforms with a comprehensive RNA platform allowing for an all-RNA system for coding, editing, and gene insertion to develop new medicines.
To accelerate the future of medicine, we bring together a team with deep RNA and delivery expertise to develop paradigm-shifting RNA medicines.
ReNAgade Therapeutics—RNA Without Limits
For more information about the company, its technologies, and its leadership, visit www.renagadetx.com