AntlerA Therapeutics

Repair | Regenerate | Renew

Regenerative medicine perfected through precision protein engineering

About Us

We are a regenerative medicines company focused on developing novel protein therapeutics that function by modulating Wnt signaling and other developmental cellular signaling pathways with the goal to control tissue stem cells and unleash tissue repair and rejuvenation.

Our Science

Using our proprietary protein engineering platform we have developed potent antibody like molecules (ANTs) that activate specific Frizzed receptor complexes [1].

Wnt ligand
AntlerA agonist

Wnt ligand (A) or AntlerA agonist (ANT) (B) mediated activation of the WNT-signaling pathway

Reference:

  • 1. Yuyong Tao, Monika Mis, Levi Blazer, Mart Ustav Jr, Zachary Steinhart, Rony Chidiac, Elli Kubarakos, Siobhan O’Brien, Xiaomei Wang, Nick Jarvik, Nish Patel, Jarrett J. Adams, Jason Moffat, Stephane Angers and Sachdev S. Sidhu.
    Tailored tetravalent antibodies potently and specifically activate Wnt/Frizzled pathways in cells, organoids and mice eLIFE August 27, 2019 https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.46134

Team

Scientific Founders

Dr. Dev Sidhu

Sachdev Sidhu, Ph.D

Dr. Sachdev Sidhu is a Professor in the Donnelly Centre, the Department of Molecular Genetics, and the Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. His research interest lies in the application of protein engineering to the development of new therapeutics.

Prior to joining the University of Toronto in April 2008, he spent a decade as a principal investigator in the Department of Protein Engineering at Genentech, Inc., where he led the development of phage-displayed synthetic antibody libraries. His laboratory has optimized a high throughput pipeline to develop exquisitely specific, high affinity synthetic antibodies using phage display screening and structure-guided library construction. This work has led to the generation of thousands of therapeutic-grade antibodies against virtually any target, including many relevant to human diseases such as cancer, inflammation and infectious diseases.

Dr. Sidhu holds a B.Sc and a Ph.D from Simon Fraser University and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Genentech.

Dr. Stephane Angers

Stephane Angers, Ph.D

Dr. Stephane Angers is a Professor in the Faculties of Pharmacy and Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is the Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Pharmacy.

His research focuses on understanding cellular signaling mechanisms with a specific interest on developmental signaling pathways.

Dr. Angers is internationally recognized for his use of functional genomic and proteomic approaches to study the mechanisms of intracellular signaling activated by growth factors and their receptors. A major focus of his team is the study of the Wnt family of secreted growth factors and the signaling mechanisms they govern in stem and progenitor cells during normal tissue homeostasis, degenerative diseases and cancer. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors such as the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences, GSK Award and the Canada Research Chair in Functional Architecture of Signal transduction.

Dr. Angers holds a B.Sc from McGill University, a Ph.D from the Université de Montréal and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Washington.

Management

Mahesh Pratapneni

Mahesh Pratapneni

CEO

Mahesh Pratapneni co-founder and Board Member of MedGenome. He has led strategy, partnerships and corporate development including fundraising for the company. Mahesh is Founder and MD of Emerge Ventures that specializes in incubating product companies in the education, healthcare, and data/analytics sectors. He is known for building outstanding global teams and comes with broad experience in product visualization, development, management and building global delivery models. He holds a B.Tech. degree in Electronics and Communications from IIT Madras and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.

Somasekar Seshagiri

Somasekar Seshagiri

CSO

Dr. Seshagiri had a very successful 21 years tenure at Genentech, where he most recently served as an Associate Director and Staff Scientist. There he established a state-of-the-art genomics laboratory, conducted research in cancer and cell signaling areas and participated in drug development. He has authored/co-authored over eighty papers that included key publications in top tier journals such as Nature, Science, Cancer Cell and Nature Genetics.

Scott Ogg

Scott Ogg

Chief Business Officer

Dr. Ogg joined Antlera in August 2019 as Acting Chief Business Officer. Prior to joining Antlera, Scott was an early employee at ARMO BioSciences where he was Vice President of Corporate Development and Operations and oversaw private financings and efforts that led to a $147 million initial public offering and $1.6 billion sale to Eli Lilly. Prior to joining ARMO, Scott was Director, Project and Portfolio Management at Gilead (GILD) after its acquisition of ARRESTO BioSciences where he had been on the start-up team and played an instrumental role in the completion of private financings and the acquisition of the company by Gilead. Previously, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Exelixis (EXEL) and Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) where he managed the early development of MOVANTIK™ (naloxegol). Scott completed post-doctoral studies at Harvard University Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and received a Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Physiology from Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and a B.A. in Biology from Albion College. He is author and inventor on several publications and patents.

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