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Study Published in Nature Biotechnology Demonstrates Ability of Moderna's Novel Therapeutic Paradigm to Repair and Regenerate Damaged Heart Tissue
Date:9/8/2013

technology since its performance for this groundbreaking study. The current generation of our technology is capable of producing 50 times more protein per dose, and our R&D team has many new improvements in the making, further increasing the potential of messenger RNA therapeutics™ to transform drug development and improve patients' lives."

Moderna in March announced an exclusive strategic option agreement with AstraZeneca to discover, develop, and commercialize messenger RNA therapeutics™ for the treatment of serious cardiovascular, metabolic, and renal diseases as well as selected targets in oncology. Targets covered under the agreement included the use of VEGF in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

"Cardio-metabolic medicine is a core therapy area for AstraZeneca, and part of our research focuses on identifying novel therapies that will activate progenitor cells within the heart to turn into healthy heart cells. Recent findings by Dr. Chien and his team will play an important role in our work with Karolinska Institutet to advance cardiac regenerative therapy and our collaboration with Moderna Therapeutics to discover and develop messenger RNA therapeutics™," said Dr. Marcus Schindler, Head of the AstraZeneca Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease Innovative Medicines Unit.

About Moderna Therapeutics

Moderna is pioneering messenger RNA therapeutics™, an entirely new in vivo drug modality that produces human proteins or antibodies inside patient cells, which are in turn active intracellularly or secreted. This breakthrough platform addresses currently undruggable targets and offers a superior alternative to existing drug modalities for a wide range of disease conditions. Moderna has developed a broad intellectual property estate, including 144 patent applications with 6,910 claims ranging from novel nucleotide chemistries to specific drug compositions. The company plans
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