Mirna Therapeutics is an up and coming biotechnology company that was founded in 2007. The company has recently appointed Dr. Clay Siegall to its Board of Directors. Dr. Clay Siegall is a strong addition to Mirna Therapeutics as he has had extensive success in the field of biotechnology as co-founder and CEO of Seattle Genetics. Dr. Clay Siegall co-founded Seattle Genetics in 1998 and has since served on the Board of Directors of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical,Alder BioPharmaceuticals, and Washington Roundtable. Under his direction and leadership Seattle Genetics released their first commercial product, ADCETRIS (brentuximab bedroom) in 2011. Dr. Clay Siegall was also very successful with capital-raising activities for Seattle Genetics. Through his efforts he secured $675 million in public and private financing for the company.
Mirna Therapeutics Inc. Appoints Clay B. Siegall, Ph.D., to Its Board of Directors
Mirna Therapeutics is similar to Seattle Genetics in that it’s focus is to develop and commercialize innovative therapies in oncology and disease. Unlike Seattle Genetics which focuses on antibody-based therapies; Mirna Therapeutics focuses specifically on the development of microRNA (miRNA) therapeutics. The use of miRNA therapeutics for tumor suppression and as anti-cancer agents is promising. The most heavily researched miRNA, miR-34, has been shown to affect pathways and processes critical to cancer cell viability. As pre-clinical animal trials have shown that miR-34 blocks tumor growth, Mirna Therapeutics has designed their current treatment product MRX34 to mimic miR-34. As of this year the first phase of clinical trials for MRX34 have begun. Patients participating in the trial include those diagnosed with primary liver cancer, advanced solid tumors, and hematological malignancies.