Type of information: Fundraising
Company: Tango Therapeutics (USA - MA)
Investors: Third Rock Ventures (USA - MA)
Amount: $55 million
Funding type: series A financing round
Planned used: Tango Therapeutics is a new cancer therapeutics company discovering and developing novel medicines designed to target cancer vulnerabilities beyond mutated oncogenes to deliver transformational new therapies for patients. The company has established a robust product engine that leverages advances in DNA sequencing and CRISPR-based target discovery to generate breakthrough medicines that will provide deeper, more sustained benefit than today’s targeted therapies, and extend the benefit of available immuno-oncology agents. Tango is focused on three areas of drug development, each in well-defined patient populations currently lacking effective treatment options, and each with hallmarks of cancer that have not been targeted yet. These include: Loss of tumor suppressor gene function: A universal feature of cancer is the inactivation of genes which normally protect against tumor development. Tango is working to turn tumor suppressor gene loss from cancer’s strength into a weakness by identifying associated targetable vulnerabilities, an effect known as synthetic lethality. Drugs against synthetic lethal targets have the potential added benefit of effectiveness against cancer cells without damaging normal cells. Multiple oncogenic drivers: To address the multiple genetic changes that give rise to cancer, Tango is working to identify novel targets for rational combinations that will offer more robust treatment effects than is possible with single-agent approaches. Decades of cancer research have shown that with the right drug combinations in the right patients, cancers can be curable. Immune evasion: Complementing current, immune-cell-directed cancer therapies, Tango is working to identify and target the genetic alterations in cancer cells responsible for helping them avoid immune destruction. Drugs against these targets could substantially increase the benefit of current immuno-oncology drugs without increasing immune damage to normal tissues. Tango Therapeutics is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass.
Others: • On March 30, 2017, Third Rock Ventures announced the launch of Tango Therapeutics, a new cancer therapeutics company discovering and developing novel medicines designed to target cancer vulnerabilities beyond mutated oncogenes to deliver transformational new therapies for patients. Tango was launched with a $55 million Series A investment from Third Rock Ventures. The Tango management team includes recognized leaders in target discovery, cancer biology, functional genomics, translational medicine and company building. Company leaders include Barbara Weber, M.D., interim Chief Executive Officer; Cary Pfeffer, M.D., interim Chief Business Officer; Daniella Beckman, C.P.A., Chief Financial Officer; Alan Huang, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Head of Biology; John Maxwell, Ph.D., Vice President, Head of Chemistry; and Janid Ali, Ph.D., Vice President, Head of Biochemistry. The Tango founders are a group of internationally recognized scientists and clinicians who have shaped the current state of knowledge and practice in cancer biology and genetics, translational medicine and CRISPR technology: Alan Ashworth, Ph.D., FRS, President of the University of California San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center José Baselga, M.D., Ph.D., Physician-in-Chief at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Levi Garraway, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Global Oncology at Eli Lilly and Company William Kaelin, M.D., Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Timothy K. Lu, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Antoni Ribas, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Surgery, and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at the University of California Los Angeles.
Therapeutic area: Cancer - Oncology