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Cleave Biosciences Raises $42 Million in Series A Financing for Novel Cancer Therapies
Date:10/11/2011

his group progressed multiple novel drugs targeting protein homeostasis into development. At Millennium he also spent two years as the VELCADE® Discovery Leader, during which time the drug received a number of regulatory approvals. Prior experience includes research positions at Mitotix Inc. and Celltech Ltd.

Based in Cleave Biosciences' Burlingame, California laboratories, Scientific Co-Founder Dr. Parlati serves as Senior Director of Biology. Prior to working with Drs. Deshaies and Cohen on the Cleave technology, he was Associate Director at Proteolix where he was instrumental in the development of oncology drug candidate carfilzomib and PR-957 (now ONX 0914), currently in preclinical studies.

Scientific Co-Founders Drs. Deshaies and Cohen are acting as advisors to the company. A world-renowned expert in the study of protein degradation pathways and previously a Co-Founder of Proteolix, Dr. Deshaies is Professor and Executive Officer of Biology at the California Institute of Technology and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Cohen is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego and known internationally for his work in metalloprotease inhibition.

In conjunction with this financing, Cleave Biosciences named several individuals to its board of directors: Dennis Henner, Ph.D., Managing Partner at Clarus Ventures; Larry Lasky, Ph.D., Partner at U.S. Venture Partners; Andrew J. Schwab, Managing Partner at 5AM Ventures;  Peter Thompson, M.D., Cleave Biosciences Founder and Venture Partner at OrbiMed Advisors; and Dr. Shawver.


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