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Start-Up ImmusanT Seeks to Restore Tolerance to Gluten in Celiac Disease with Immunotherapy
Date:3/15/2011

de a novel treatment to address the high unmet need and untapped growing market of celiac disease. Longer-term we will exploit our discovery platform to identify other autoimmune diseases, such as Type 1 diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome, where diagnosis and treatment could be improved using our targeted approach."

Ms. Williams has extensive experience with emerging biotechnology companies and was most recently president and chief executive officer of Ventaira Pharmaceuticals. She was a senior marketing strategist for INO Therapeutics and gained drug-delivery and drug-monitoring experience at Datex-Ohmeda (formerly Ohmeda). Ms. Williams' prior pharmaceutical industry experience includes commercial positions at Merck and GlaxoSmithKline. As a Battelle Ventures venture partner, Ms. Williams assisted early-stage technology companies with strategy, management and business development. She mentors early-stage entrepreneurs and serves as a director of Hepregen Corp, CDI Bioscience and The Capital Network. Ms. Williams holds an MBA from Washington University and a BS degree with honors in nursing from the University of Iowa. Before entering industry, she was a critical-care nurse at Duke University, Medical College of Virginia and at the University of Iowa.

About Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive process of the small intestine. When a person who has celiac disease consumes gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, the individual's immune system responds by triggering T-cells to fight the offending proteins, damaging the small intestine and inhibiting the absorption of important nutrients into the body. With no available drug therapy, the only option for the approximately 1% of the global population that has celiac disease is to eliminate gluten from the diet. Compliance is often challenging and nearly half the people on the strict elimination diet still have residua
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