Stephen Squinto, Gennao Bio CEO (Gennao)

Alex­ion co-founder Stephen Squin­to is back in the game as CEO, this time for a small gene ther­a­py play­er

With his name al­ready be­hind a rare dis­ease suc­cess sto­ry in Alex­ion, Stephen Squin­to was look­ing for a great sto­ry to dri­ve him to jump back in­to the biotech game. He found that in a fledg­ing non-vi­ral gene ther­a­py com­pa­ny, and now he’s got a few back­ers on board as well.

On Tues­day, Gen­nao Bio launched with a $40 mil­lion Se­ries A co-led by Or­biMed and Lo­gos Cap­i­tal with par­tic­i­pa­tion by Sur­vey­or Cap­i­tal. The biotech, which is look­ing to use its cell-pen­e­trat­ing an­ti­body plat­form to de­liv­er nu­cle­ic acid “pay­loads” dur­ing in­to the nu­cle­us, had to rush for its ini­tial se­ries — and had a name change along the way.

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