Tevard Biosciences was founded by Daniel Fischer and Warren Lammert, parents of girls with Dravet Syndrome and Harvey Lodish, a professor at MIT and Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Tevard Biosciences is developing gene therapy platforms to target rare diseases such as Dravet syndrome and disorders caused by haploinsufficiency and/or premature stop codons, which traditional gene therapy approaches do not target. Dravet syndrome is also known as Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy (SMEI), a condition caused by a mutation in the SCN1A gene required for brain cell function, in 85% of cases.
The company is housed at LabCentral, a shared laboratory space for launching life-sciences and biotech startups. Tevard Biosciences won a Pfizer-sponsored LabCentral “Golden Ticket” in 2018, which provides one year of bench space for one scientist with infrastructure and services.
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