Atlas partner Saha takes the helm at Delinia, looking to disrupt autoimmune R&D
As a venture partner at Atlas, Saurabh Saha gets to look over a whole range of preclinical programs that come its way, including proposed drug candidates that can be used to start a new biotech. And the one that really grabbed his attention is an autoimmune project that will now form the core work at a startup called Delinia.
The focus at Delinia is a novel cytokine that Saha tells me has a real shot at “expanding and potentiating” regulatory T cells, or Tregs. There’s a long list of diseases triggered when the balance of Tregs and T effector cells is disrupted and the immune system starts to attack healthy tissue. By expanding Tregs, making it more active, Saha believes that Delinia’s drug can restore immune tolerance and homeostasis, stopping the disease.
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