Lighting up a novel target space
mRNA translation

Anima Biotech mRNA Lightning Platform

We are advancing mRNA Lightning, a novel platform for the discovery of selective small molecule mRNA drugs and their mechanisms of action. Our differentiated approach combines high scale automated phenotypic screening in live biology with AI mRNA image analysis that elucidates the mechanism of action of active compounds. We develop our own pipeline and partner with pharma on additional targets.

Pharma Collaborations

Anima Biotech announces a strategic collaboration with Lilly for the discovery and development of translation inhibitors of several protein targets

$30 million in upfront payments, $14 million in research funding, up to $1.05 billion in milestones and low to mid single-digit tiered royalties on sales of any Lilly products resulting from the collaboration.

Anima Biotech announces strategic collaboration with Takeda to discover and develop mRNA translation modulators for Neurological diseases

Up to $120 million in upfront and preclinical research milestone payments, up to $1.1 billion in clinical and commercial milestones and tiered royalties on sales of any Takeda products resulting from the collaboration. Takeda has a time limited option to expand the collaboration subject to additional payments to Anima of up to $1.2 billion and tiered royalties.

Anima Biotech achieves first milestone in Takeda collaboration

The milestone relates to the Huntington’s Disease program which is part of a multi-target research collaboration between the companies. This achievement entitles Anima to an undisclosed milestone payment.

For partnering inquiries, please contact [email protected].

mRNA Lightning Platform

Automated high scale phenotypic screening combining live biology with AI mRNA image analysis for the discovery of small molecule mRNA drugs and their mechanisms of action.

Cloud based AI mRNA Image analysis
Brightny
Compass
Cerebio
TranslationLight
mRNA translation images
High content imaging
High scale automated screening
Plate tower
Robot
Compound library
mRNA Biology automated screening lab
Cerebio Bioinformatics algorithms that select signature tRNA pair for an mRNA of interest
TranslationLight High content screening for mRNA translation modulators
Brightny Cloud-based big data AI mRNA image analysis identifies active and selective molecules
Compass Mechanism of action and Target ID identification
Cloud Cloud-based big data AI mRNA image analysis identifies active and selective molecules along with their mechanism of action and molecular targets.
mRNA Translation images 50 million mRNA translation images are uploaded to the cloud server for analysis
High content imaging 50 million mRNA translation images are uploaded to the cloud server for analysis
High scale automated screening Fully automated screen running 24/7 for 3 weeks
Plate Tower +200,000 diverse drug-like small molecules
Robot Fully automated screen running 24/7 for 3 weeks
Compound library +200,000 diverse drug-like small molecules
Watch Movie: mRNA Lightning Platform
Watch Movie: mRNA translation control

A novel approach for the discovery of small molecule mRNA drugs that selectively control mRNA biology as a new strategy against hard targets and undruggable proteins.

Watch Movie: Identification of active and selective mRNA translation modulators

Our platform is using fluorescently labeled tRNA pairs to generate FRET signals, light pulses emitted from the ribosomes to visualize the translation of any mRNA of interest and identify selective translation modulators.

See the Light of mRNA Translation

The Selectivity of mRNA Translation Biology

Cells control mRNA translation using multiple selective mechanisms, offering novel intervention points. Modulation of mRNA biology is therefore possible with highly selective drugs.

Tissue
Tissue specific regulation
Cells
Normal vs. cancer cells
Pathway
Up or down regulated in pathological pathway
mRNA
Sequence and structure

mRNA translation modulators
A novel target space

mRNA
Biology
Ribosome accessory proteins
Epitranscriptomics (mRNA modifying proteins)
Splicing factors
Modifiers of ribosomal proteins (Kinases, methylases etc...)
tRNA abundance and control
RNA binding proteins

Small molecule drugs targeting novel proteins involved in the regulation of mRNA translation

mRNA Translation Modulators Pipeline

Our high scale screening platform identifies compounds that modulate mRNA biology. Our mRNA AI image analysis then rapidly elucidates their mechanism of action.

With this unique approach we were able to develop a broad pipeline of small molecule mRNA drugs, advancing 18 discovery programs across therapeutic areas at unparalleled speed and success rate.

Anima wholly owned pipeline programs are in Fibrosis (tissue selective Collagen I translation inhibitors, preclinical stage in lung fibrosis and applicable across many fibrotic diseases), Oncology (c-Myc translation inhibitors and mutation independent mKras translation inhibitors), and Neuroscience (Tau - Alzheimer’s disease and Pain - Nav1.7 translation inhibitors) with additional programs in Repeat Associated Diseases. In addition to our own pipeline, we established strategic collaborations with Pharma in partnered programs including our large scale collaborations with Lilly and Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Indication Target
Discovery
Optimization
IND enabling
Anima owned
Fibrosis
Lung Fibrosis 1
Collagen-1 2
3
Other Fibrotic 4
Oncology
c-Myc tumors c-Myc 5
6
7
mKRAS tumors mKRAS 8
Neuroscience
Alzheimer TAU 9
10
Repeat diseases Undisclosed 11
Pain Nav 1.7 12
Undisclosed 13
Partnered
Huntington mHTT 14
Undisclosed takeda logo lilly logo 15
Undisclosed 16
Undisclosed 17
Undisclosed 18
Anima owned
Partnered
Area Indication mRNA modulation Target
Discovery
Optimization
IND enabling
Fibrosis Lung Fibrosis 1
Collagen-1 2
3
Other Fibrotic 4
Oncology c-Myc tumors c-Myc 5
6
7
mKRAS tumors mKRAS 8
Neuroscience Alzheimer TAU 9
10
Repeat diseases Undisclosed 11
Pain Nav 1.7 12
Undisclosed 13
Undisclosed takeda logo lilly logo 14
Huntington mHTT 15
Undisclosed 16
Undisclosed 17
Undisclosed 18

17 Scientific Collaborations

15 Peer Reviewed Publications

Coverage

News & Events

  • Elrig UK’s Drug Discovery 2021

    When: Oct. 19th, 2021 - Oct. 20th, 2021

    Anima Biotech has been invited to present at Elrig UK’s Drug Discovery 2021 meeting, taking place in Liverpool, U.K. Iris Alroy, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Development at Anima Biotech, will give a presentation titled, “mRNA Lightning platform for the discovery of selective small molecule mRNA regulatory drugs.

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  • Industry (SCI)’s “RNA as a Target For The Life Sciences”

    When: Oct. 12th, 2021 - Oct. 13th, 2021

    Anima Biotech has been invited to present at SCI’s “RNA as a target for the life sciences” event, taking place virtually this year. Iris Alroy, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Development at Anima Biotech, will give a presentation titled, “mRNA translation modulators binding to novel targets: from mRNA processing to mRNA translation”, followed by her participation in a panel.

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  • Sachs Associates 21st Annual Biotech in Europe Forum (BEF)

    When: Oct. 7th, 2021 - Oct. 8th, 2021

    Anima Biotech has been invited to participate during the virtual 21st Annual Biotech in Europe Forum (BEF) hosted by Sachs Associates. Yochi Slonim, Co-founder and CEO, will serve as an expert on the “Platform Technologies & Novel Therapeutics” panel. The event will include BioCapital & Investment Day and Bio-Pharma Partnering & Therapeutics Day.

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