Jack Taunton and Ken Brameld join Entos scientific advisory board
SAN DIEGO, CA – Entos, Inc., the creator of a cutting-edge platform combining AI-driven technology and automated synthesis to design small-molecule therapeutics, today announced that it has appointment Jack Taunton, Professor of Cellular Molecular Pharmacology at University of California, San Francisco, and Ken Brameld, Senior Advisor for Samsara Biocapital, to the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board.
Prof. Taunton and Dr. Brameld will join Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold, MIT Assistant Professor of Engineering Connor Coley, and Director in Chemical Biology Therapeutics at Novartis, Derek Lowe, on the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board, further positioning Entos to benefit from the group’s collective guidance and unparalleled expertise.
Jack Taunton is a Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco. His research focuses on the design and discovery of chemical tools to study cellular processes relevant to human disease. Areas of interest include the structure-based design of covalent inhibitors and chemoproteomic probes, as well as mechanistic studies of biologically active natural products. Work in Jack's lab has led to the development of rilzabrutinib, a reversible, cysteine-targeted kinase inhibitor in Phase 3 clinical trials. He is a co-founder of Principia BioPharma, Global Blood Therapeutics, Kezar Life Sciences, and Cedilla Therapeutics.
Ken Brameld earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech under the supervision of Prof. William Goddard, III. He went on to a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF in the laboratory of Prof. Irwin “Tack” Kuntz. Subsequently, he entered the pharmaceutical industry as a computational chemist, with positions of increasing responsibility at Scios, Array Biopharma, and Celera. At Roche Palo Alto, he was a Principal Scientist and Computational Chemistry group leader until the site closure in 2010. Most recently, he was instrumental in launching Principia Biopharma in 2011, a small molecule drug discovery start-up, where he had many roles including Senior Vice President, Head of Research & Development. In 2020, Principia was acquired by Sanofi for $3.68B. Today, Ken is a consultant for drug discovery companies and is a Senior Advisor at Samsara Biocapital.
Founded in 2019 and headquartered in San Diego, California, Entos is focused on disrupting therapeutic discovery with its cutting-edge platform that uses AI-driven automated synthesis to rapidly design small-molecule therapeutics. Driven by technology derived from Caltech and the University of Bristol, the Entos team is comprised of renowned scientists and engineers with world-class expertise in machine learning and software development, as well as computational and medicinal chemistry.
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