A pharmaceutical company that combines probiotics with synthetic biology to create novel therapeutics for chronic diseases. The underlying concept of their strategies is to used genetically engineered probiotic bacteria as vectors for the delivery of therapeutic proteins for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.
Johannes Fruehauf, Founder of ViThera was previously employed by Cequent Pharmaceuticals. Cequent merged with MDRNA and the combined firm was renamed Marina BiotechMarina Biotech. ViThera employed some former researchers from the company Cequent, which developed engineered E. Coli bacteria for the delivery of RNA-interference (RNAi) drugs to the gut called transkingdom RNAi (tkRNAi). ViThera conducted contract research to partially fund its own projects and served clients focused on RNAi, and that side of the business has been renamed Cambridge Biolabs. Cambridge Biolabs maintains a license to tkRNAi and Marina Biotech is eligible for milestone and royalty payments from those programs. Cambridge Biolabs continues to provide custom laboratory services and is independent from ViThera.