Design Pharmaceuticals Closes $5 Million Pre-series A Round

Design Pharmaceuticals Closes $5 Million Pre-series A Round

April 12, 2022 Off By Author

Design Pharmaceuticals, a company redesigning small molecule drug discovery,  has announced the closing of a pre-series A round of $5 million, including an investment of $3 million from Virtus Inspire Venture Partners. The proceeds will be used to further build the company’s discovery platform and operations.

Design Pharmaceuticals’ platform is based on ultrahigh-throughput technologies that biomine drug-like molecules from natural sources, such as microbiota. These molecules are then evaluated at unprecedented speed and scale on hundreds of GPCR targets simultaneously, the company explained in its press release.

“This funding will continue to support the progress being made to build and commercialize our novel and proprietary platform, which is able to access and screen structurally diverse bioactive molecules for novel therapeutics,” noted Dirk Loeffert, CEO of Design Pharmaceuticals. “We also recently signed two collaborations with pharma, which further validates our novel approach and why we believe provides an attractive opportunity for investors.”

Forrest Xu, a partner at Virtus Inspire Ventures commented: “We recognize the great potential of Design Pharmaceuticals’ platform to accelerate small molecule discovery. By combining their unique cell-free biosynthesis platform with microfluidic technologies, we believe the team at Design Pharmaceuticals will be able to optimize and condense the drug discovery process and increase the rate of finding novel drug candidates for difficult to treat diseases with unmet needs.”