Codiak gets a competitor, as Mantra Bio leaves stealth and enters growing exosome space
Alex Mok had been trying to build mini-organs in a lab for years, when he started reading about research into a form of cellular postal service called exosomes.
Scientists were beginning to see how these minute envelopes carried messages between cells, helping them form tissue or, when things go wrong, cause disease. Mok started immersing himself into the field too late to change the company, called CellASIC, which he co-founded after leaving UC Berkeley. It was still good enough to sell it to Merck KgAA, but he began wondering about the possibilities.
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