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Shape Therapeutics’s RNA Editing Gene Therapy Platform Focused on Curing Genetic Diseases

Shape Therapeutics, Inc. (ShapeTx), a development-stage biotechnology company leading the field of RNA-editing gene therapy, announces $35.5M in Series A financing, led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with additional participation from CureDuchenne Ventures. The new capital will enable the company to extend its growing portfolio of intellectual property, recruit and hire top scientific talent and advance its groundbreaking RNA and protein targeting platforms focused on curing human diseases.

These platforms include the proprietary ShapeTx RNAfix TM technology that enables direct in vivo targeting and modification of RNA by leveraging proteins such as Adenosine Deaminases Acting on RNA (ADARs), suppressor tRNAs, and engineered adeno-associated viruses (AAVs). The RNAfix™ platform differentiates from other contemporary genome engineering technologies by engaging natural human cellular machinery to modify RNA.  

ShapeTx was founded on the work of Dr. Prashant Mali, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at UCSD, who during his postdoctoral fellowship in the George Church laboratory at Harvard Medical School pioneered the use of CRISPR in human cells. 

Shape Therapeutics’s RNA Editing Gene Therapy Platform Focused On Curing Genetic Diseases