All in on novel target GSK-3β, Actuate Therapeutics raises $21M+ to bankroll ambitious PhI/II
As Actuate Therapeutics ramps up recruitment for what it calls a “groundbreaking” Phase I/II involving refractory blood cancers and solid tumors, the biotech has secured $21.7 million to fund the endeavor in the US and beyond.
Founded in 2015 with tech licensed from the University of Illinois-Chicago and Northwestern — according to a detailed timeline on its website — Actuate is fixated on glycogen synthase kinase-3β, an enzyme associated with a range of diseases from bipolar disorder to diabetes. Overexpression of GSK-3β is “heavily implicated in chemo- and radioresistance in tumor cells,” making it a promising target for tough-to-treat cancers such as glioblastoma, ovarian, breast and pancreatic cancers.
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