Bayer fronts $65M Series A for Metagenomi, a gene therapy biotech aiming to find new CRISPR enzymes
Gene editing is all the rage in biotech these days, with the field growing in prominence especially after this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to two pioneering CRISPR scientists in Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna. And now, Bayer’s investment arm is going all-in on a new gene editing outfit.
Leaps by Bayer is co-leading a $65 million Series A round for Metagenomi, a biotech launched by UC Berkeley scientists that emerged from stealth on Thursday. Humboldt Fund is co-leading the round with Leaps. Metagenomi, which will be run by Berkeley researcher Brian Thomas, is looking to develop a “toolbox” of both CRISPR- and non-CRISPR-based gene editing systems beyond the Cas9 protein typically seen in the field these days.
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