Goodwin attorneys represented Moderna Therapeutics in its recent $450 million round of funding, the largest venture capital investment in biotech ever, according to the Wall Street Journal. Funds will be used to expand and accelerate the company’s mRNA Therapeutics platform across therapeutic areas, as well as add more than 100 industry leaders, drug development experts and scientists to the team. Since the company’s founding in 2011, Moderna has secured more than $950 million in funding through financing activities and strategic transactions.
Moderna pioneers messenger RNA Therapeutics, a new in vivo drug technology that produces human proteins, antibodies and entirely novel protein constructs inside patient cells, which are in turn secreted or active intracellularly. This breakthrough platform addresses currently undruggable targets and offers a superior alternative to existing drug modalities for a wide range of disease conditions. Founded by Flagship VentureLabs, Cambridge-based Moderna is privately held and currently has strategic agreements with AstraZeneca and Alexion Pharmaceuticals.
More information on the funding and its investors is available in Moderna’s press release. Press coverage included articles in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes.com and Boston Business Journal.