Boston, Mass. – October 2, 2018 – Jnana Therapeutics today announced that it has been named by FierceBiotech as one of 2018’s Fierce 15 biotechnology companies, designating it as one of the most promising private biotechnology companies in the industry.

Jnana Therapeutics was launched in 2017 to build the first drug discovery platform targeting the solute carrier (SLC) family of metabolite transporters, which are the gates used by the cell to control metabolite movement. The company is taking a comprehensive approach to understanding SLCs and their underlying biology in order to unlock a new wave of druggable targets. From there, they are discovering and developing medicines to modulate critical disease pathways to improve outcomes for patients with severe diseases.

“We are pleased to be recognized as a Fierce 15 company, an award which reflects the innovative nature of our drug discovery platform and its potential to unlock SLC transporters as a novel therapeutic target class,” said Joanne Kotz, Ph.D., Cofounder and President at Jnana. “Our purpose at Jnana is to push the frontiers of scientific knowledge by pioneering the comprehensive understanding and targeting of the SLC transporter family, which has never been systematically addressed in drug development, and create a new class of medicines that make a positive impact on patients and their families.”

The Fierce 15 celebrates the spirit of being “fierce” – championing innovation and creativity, even in the face of intense competition. This is FierceBiotech’s 16th annual Fierce 15 selection.

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Jnana Therapeutics is a biotechnology company creating the first drug discovery platform to unlock the solute carrier (SLC) family of metabolite transporters as a therapeutic target class. Jnana is systematically targeting SLCs, the cell’s metabolic gates, to advance first-in-class therapies for diseases where patients have limited or no treatment options. Headquartered in Boston, Jnana launched in 2017 with $50 million in Series A financing from investors including Polaris Partners, Avalon Ventures, Versant Ventures, AbbVie Ventures and Pfizer R&D Innovate. For more information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter and on LinkedIn.


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