FierceBiotech names Navitor Pharmaceuticals as one of its "Fierce 15" Biotech Companies of 2014

 
Cambridge, MA – September 22, 2014 – Navitor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., today announced 
 
that it has been named by FierceBiotech as one of 2014's Fierce 15 biotechnology 
 
companies, designating it as one of the most promising private biotechnology companies 
 
in the industry. Navitor is developing novel medicines through targeting cellular nutrient 
 
signaling by selectively modulating mTORC1, a fundamental and clinically-validated 
 
pathway which regulates cell growth and function. 
 
"Navitor has zeroed in on a very specific biological pathway with some impressively 
 
broad applications, and the company's technology has the potential to generate novel 
 
treatments for a few of the world's most widespread diseases," says Damian Garde, editor 
 
of FierceBiotech. "That promise was enough to convince some A-list investors, and Navitor 
 
is well on its way to addressing some ambitious goals."
 
Navitor's proprietary drug discovery platform is designed to develop first-in-class 
 
selective modulators of mTORC1 to address a wide range of diseases, including metabolic, 
 
neurodegenerative, autoimmune and musculoskeletal diseases, as well as several rare 
 
disorders. The company has exclusive access from the Whitehead Institute to fundamental 
 
intellectual property relating to nutrient sensing via the mTORC1 pathway from the 
 
laboratory of David M. Sabatini, MD, PhD, Professor of Biology at MIT, Member of the 
 
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and Investigator at the Howard Hughes 
 
Medical Institute. Dr. Sabatini, Navitor's scientific founder, has led groundbreaking 
 
research in the molecular regulation of the mTORC1 pathway, and his discoveries are 
 
seminal contributions to the field of cellular nutrient signaling. 
 
"We are honored to be recognized as one of the innovative companies selected for this 
 
year's FierceBiotech 'Fierce 15'," said George P. Vlasuk, PhD, President and Chief Executive 
 
Officer of Navitor. "We are harnessing newly discovered nutrient signaling mechanisms 
 
of mTORC1 that drive protein synthesis and cellular growth to allow the development of 
 
novel medicines for a wide range of chronic diseases and rare disorders. The prospect of 
 
developing innovative medicines that can significantly impact the lives of patients truly 
 
motivates our experienced team and world-class scientific advisory board, and we look 
 
forward to building our company around Navitor's proprietary technology platform."
 
The Fierce 15 celebrates the spirit of being "fierce" – championing innovation and 
 
creativity, even in the face of intense competition. This is FierceBiotech's twelfth annual 
 
Fierce 15 selection. A complete list of "Fierce 15" companies can be found online at 
 
www.fiercebiotech.com/fierce15. 
 
Every year FierceBiotech evaluates hundreds of private companies from around the world 
 
for its annual Fierce 15 list, which is based on a variety of factors such as the strength 
 
of its technology, partnerships, venture backers and a competitive market position. An 
 
internationally recognized daily report reaching a network of over 270,000 biotech and 
 
pharma industry professionals, FierceBiotech provides subscribers with an authoritative 
 
analysis of the day's top stories.
 
About FierceBiotech
 
FierceBiotech is the biotech industry's daily monitor, an email newsletter and web resource 
 
providing the latest biotech news, articles, and resources related to clinical trials, drug 
 
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About Navitor Pharmaceuticals
 
Navitor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel medicines 
 
by targeting cellular nutrient signaling pathways. The company's proprietary drug 
 
discovery platform targets mTORC1, which responds to and integrates the cell's response 
 
to nutrient availability and plays a key role in protein synthesis and cellular growth. 
 
Navitor's therapeutics are designed to selectively modulate the cellular signals that 
 
are aberrant in disease processes caused by the dysregulation of mTORC1 activity to 
 
address a wide range of diseases, including metabolic, neurodegenerative, autoimmune 
 
and musculoskeletal diseases, as well as several rare disorders. The company's founding 
 
intellectual property is based on the groundbreaking discoveries related to the mTORC1 
 
pathway and nutrient signaling mechanisms by Dr. David Sabatini at The Whitehead 
 
Institute for Biomedical Research. The company is backed by leading financial and 
 
corporate investors, including Polaris Partners, Atlas Venture, Johnson & Johnson 
 
Development Corporation, SR One and The Longevity Fund. For more information, please 
 
visit www.navitorpharma.com.
 
CONTACTS:
 
Rebecca Friend
 
FierceBiotech
 
202-824-5050
 
 
For Navitor:
 
Kathryn Morris
 
The Yates Network
 
845-635-9828
 

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