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Mersana Therapeutics

Mersana Therapeutics

A biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of oncology therapeutics

Mersana Therapeutics is a publicly traded, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that was founded in 2001 by David R. Emaleh. Using its proprietary ADC platform, the company develops highly targeted drugs with increased tolerability and expanded opportunities to deliver clinical benefits to cancer patients.

Products

XMT-1536

Mersana's lead product candidate is XMT-1536, a Dolaflexin ADC targeting NaPi2B-expressing tumors. It entered clinical development in December 2017 and is in Phase 1 clinical trials in the dose escalation phase, as of January 2019.



XMR-1522

Another product candidate's clinical development, XMR-1522, a Dolaflexin ADC targeting HEr2-expressing tumors, was discontinued in January 2019 following strategic evaluation of the program.

Partnerships

Synnafix

In January 2019, Mersana entered into a license agreement with Synnafix, a Dutch biotechnology company, to obtain access to Synaffix's GlycoConnect ADC technology. GlycoConnect is a platform technology utilizing proprietary enzymes and metal-free click conjugation to stably attach payloads specifically to the native glycan of any antibody, a privileged site for ADC applications.

Funding

Venture

On November 8, 2005 Mersana Therapeutics completed a venture capital round with 421 million in funding from ProQuest Investments (lead investor), F-Prime Capital Partners (lead Investor), Rho Capital Partners, PureTech Health, Lansing Brown Investments, Eight Roads Ventures, Cape Family Fund, and 180 degree Capital. 

Series A

On April 8, 2014 Mersana Therapeutics completed their series A funding round with $14.5 million in funding from New Enterprise Associates and F-Prime Capital Partners. 

Series B

On March 2, 2015 Mersana Therapeutics completed their series B funding round with $35 million in funding from New Enterprise Associates (lead investor), Rock Springs Capital, Pfizer Venture Investments, F-Prime Capital Partners, and Elliott Sigal. 

Timeline

January 2019

Synnafix partnership

In January 2019, Mersana entered into a license agreement with Synnafix, a Dutch biotechnology company, to obtain access to Synaffix's GlycoConnect ADC technology. 

March 29, 2015

Series B funding round

On March 2, 2015 Mersana Therapeutics completed their series B funding round with $35 million in funding from New Enterprise Associates (lead investor), Rock Springs Capital, Pfizer Venture Investments, F-Prime Capital Partners, and Elliott Sigal. 

April 8, 2014

Series A funding round

On April 8, 2014 Mersana Therapeutics completed their series A funding round with $14.5 million in funding from New Enterprise Associates and F-Prime Capital Partners. 

November 8, 2005

Venture funding round

On November 8, 2005 Mersana Therapeutics completed a venture capital round with 421 million in funding from ProQuest Investments (lead investor), F-Prime Capital Partners (lead Investor), Rho Capital Partners, PureTech Health, Lansing Brown Investments, Eight Roads Ventures, Cape Family Fund, and 180 degree Capital. 

March 29, 2001

Founding of Mersana Therapeutics

Mersana Therapeutics was founded in 2001 by David R. Emaleh

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180 Degree Capital Corp.

Investor



Anna Protopapas

President & CEO



David A. Spellman

CFO



Dirk Huebner

Chief Medical Officer



Donna Jarlenski

VP, Clinical Operations



Elizabeth Fuller

Employee



Eva M. Jack

Chief Business Officer



John Kane

Employee



Michael Kaufman

Senior VP of Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls



Radha Iyengar

VP, Legal Operations



Timothy B. Lowinger

Chief Scientific Officer



Viet Schmelmer

VP, R&D Project Leadership & Portfolio Strategy



Wayne Foster

VP of Finance



Further reading

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MERSANA THERAPEUTICS LICENSES GLYCOCONNECT™ SITE-SPECIFIC ADC TECHNOLOGY FROM SYNAFFIX

ADC Review

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