Codexis to Host Virtual KOL Event on its ECO Synthesis™ Platform and the Future of RNAi Therapeutics Manufacturing on December 8, 2023
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Codexis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDXS), a leading enzyme engineering company, today announced it will host a virtual key opinion leader (KOL) event focused on its Enzyme-Catalyzed Oligonucleotide (ECO) Synthesis™ platform and the broader RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics manufacturing landscape on Friday, December 8, 2023, at 10:00 am ET.
The event will feature John Maraganore, PhD, Founder and Former Chief Executive Officer of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, and David Butler, PhD, Chief Technology Officer at Hongene Biotech Corporation. These distinguished experts will discuss the RNAi therapeutics manufacturing landscape and share their perspectives on the potential role of an enzymatic route of synthesis in commercial-scale production. During the event, Codexis management will also provide an overview of the ECO Synthesis™ platform and the associated commercial opportunity. A live Q&A session with all presenters will follow the formal presentations.
About John Maraganore, PhD
John Maraganore, PhD, served as the founding CEO and a Director of Alnylam from 2002 to 2021, where he built and led the company from early platform research on RNA interference through global approval and commercialization of the first five RNAi therapeutics, creating a whole new class of medicines. At Alnylam, Dr. Maraganore built a leading, global biopharmaceutical company with over 1500 employees in over 20 countries around the world. He led the company’s value creation strategy, building over $25B in market capitalization. Prior to Alnylam, he held scientific and business leadership roles at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; at Biogen, Inc. where he invented and led the discovery and development of ANGIOMAX® (bivalirudin); at ZymoGenetics, Inc.; and at the Upjohn Company. Dr. Maraganore is currently the principal and owner of JMM Innovations, LLC. He serves as an advisor to a number of venture and public company investment firms, and as a member of the Board of Directors of multiple publicly traded companies, including Beam Therapeutics, Kymera Therapeutics, ProKidney Corp., and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. He is on the Board of a number of private companies and non-profit organizations, and also serves as a strategic advisor to other public and private biotechnology companies. Finally, Dr. Maraganore is on the Board of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, or “BIO,” where he was Chair from 2017-2019 and is Chair Emeritus. Dr. Maraganore received his BA, MS, and PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Chicago.
About David Butler, PhD
David Butler, PhD, is the Chief Technology Officer at Hongene Biotch Corporation, a fully integrated supplier of raw materials and contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) services to customers in the RNA therapeutics space, the scope of which includes mRNA, vaccines, oligonucleotides, gene editing, gene therapy and diagnostics. Prior to Hongene, Dr. Butler led organizations driving platform discovery and development of oligonucleotide therapeutics as Vice President (VP) and Head of Medicinal Chemistry at Wave Life Sciences, VP and Head of Therapeutics Development at Alltrna, and VP and Head of Chemistry at Korro Bio. He also spent time as a Principal Scientist at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals developing early lipid nanoparticle technologies for small interfering RNA delivery that were the progenitors of those used for messenger RNA related products today.
About the ECO Synthesis™ Platform
Ribonucleic acid (RNA) as a therapeutic modality has gained tremendous traction in recent years with the growing number of messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines and small interfering RNA (siRNA) candidates advancing in clinical studies. However, large-scale production of RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics using traditional chemical synthesis faces complex challenges in nucleic acids quality and quantity, as well as overall economics. With over 450 RNAi therapies currently in clinical development, including more than 40 assets in Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical trials targeting disease indications impacting millions of patients, RNAi therapeutic demand is projected to outpace current production capabilities by the end of the decade. Codexis’ proprietary ECO Synthesis™ technology platform is being designed to address these scalability and cost limitations by potentially enabling the commercial-scale manufacture of RNAi therapeutics through an enzymatic route. The Company is on track to demonstrate gram-scale synthesis by the end of 2023, where it will demonstrate the preparative-scale manufacture of an oligonucleotide, composed of the modified nucleotide building blocks typically used in RNAi therapeutics, under process-like conditions.
Codexis is a leading enzyme engineering company leveraging its proprietary CodeEvolver® technology platform to discover, develop and enhance novel, high-performance enzymes and other classes of proteins. Codexis enzymes solve for real-world challenges associated with small molecule pharmaceuticals manufacturing and nucleic acid synthesis. The Company is currently developing its proprietary ECO Synthesis™ platform to enable the scaled manufacture of RNAi therapeutics through an enzymatic route. Codexis’ unique enzymes can drive improvements such as higher yields, reduced energy usage and waste generation, improved efficiency in manufacturing and greater sensitivity in genomic and diagnostic applications. For more information, visit https://www.codexis.com.
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