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Bringing new hope with mRNA-targeted drugs Bringing new hope with mRNA-targeted drugs

Providing appropriate treatment for any disease Providing appropriate treatment for any disease

Veritas In Silico is unveiling the mysteries of RNA and harnessing the potential of messenger RNA (mRNA) as a drug target. Powered by our proprietary in silico technology, we have established an entirely new system for drug discovery that focuses on finding drugs against structural motifs on mRNA.
The discovery of drugs that target mRNA is a promising direction for drug development and a new paradigm for the pharmaceutical industry. It has the potential for application to any disease, including those for which conventional protein-targeted discovery has not yielded effective treatments.
Veritas In Silico’s mission is to build a society where every patient, especially those with diseases that currently have no satisfactory treatment, can look forward to a brighter future through the realization of mRNA-targeted drugs.

A pathfinder in drug discovery A pathfinder in drug discovery

With our ibVIS platform that combines informatics (i) and experimental biology (b), we at Veritas In Silico (VIS) will bring to fruition mRNA-targeted drugs.
The most distinctive feature of the ibVIS platform is its ability to maximize the existing drug discovery infrastructure — the technologies, experience, and chemical libraries — of our partner companies. We believe that the ibVIS platform will help to uncover the many hidden possibilities of mRNA as a drug target.
Armed with our platform and as pathfinders, we will guide companies willing to embark upon this new frontier of mRNA-targeted drug discovery.

The story behind our name, Veritas In Silico

Veritas In Silico

Inspired by the Latin saying in vino veritas or “in wine there is truth,” Veritas In Silico means that the truth will be revealed through computer-powered biological research.
The company name conveys our strengths, approaching the truth through deduction by using in silico technologies and verifying such truths using experimental biology approaches that enable the discovery of mRNA-targeted drugs.

Company Profile

Name Veritas In Silico Inc.
Main Office 1-11-1 Nishigotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0031 Japan
Research Facilities Basic Research Facility
Kawasaki Business Incubation Center (KBIC), 7-7 Shin-Kawasaki,
Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 212-0032 Japan
Applied Research Facility
Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Science (NUPALS), 265-1
Higashijima, Akiha-ku, Niigata 956-8603 Japan
Established November 17, 2016
Employees 13
Business Description Platform business for the discovery of mRNA-targeted small molecule and antisense oligonucleotide drugs

Board Member

Representative Director Shingo Nakamura
Director Takashi Kamimura
Director Hiroyuki Matsuoka
Outside Director Yoshihiro Kayano (Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc.)
Outside Director Ryo Fujinami (Shinsei Capital Partners, Ltd.)
Outside Director Hiroyuki Hasegawa (Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co., Ltd.)
Outside Director Kinichiro Kominami
Statutory Auditor Sadao Suzuki
Statutory Auditor Yuzuru Hirooka (Hirooka Certified Public Accountant Office)

Basic Research Facility in Shin-Kawasaki

Applied Research Facility in Niigata

History

November 2016

Veritas In Silico is founded.

The company was founded in Shibuya, Tokyo by four shareholders for the in silico discovery of mRNA-targeted small molecule and antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) drugs.
From the start, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. (MGC) has assisted the company’s ASO drug discovery operations.

2016

May–August 2017

Capital is raised through Series A financing.

After securing Series A financing from MGC and three venture capital firms, the head office was moved to Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo and full-scale operations began.

2017

 

Research focuses on ASO and sgASO drug discovery.

Research was initially focused on discovering ASOs and small guide antisense oligonucleotides (sgASOs), which have lengths that are less than half of regular ASOs.

 

July 2017

A research facility is opened at NUPALS.

An Applied Research Facility was opened in Niigata at the Niigata University of Pharmacology and Applied Health Sciences (NUPALS) near the office of Professor Masayuki Nashimoto, a well-known sgASO expert.

 

 

Capacity is added for mRNA-targeted small molecule drug discovery.

A strategic decision was made to quickly add capacity for mRNA-targeted small molecule drug discovery in order to keep up with the wave of new U.S. companies pursuing RNA-targeted small molecule drug discovery.

 

October 2017

Head office is moved.

The head office was moved to the current location in Shinagawa, Tokyo.

 

2018

Small molecule drug discovery with a business partner starts.

Joint research into small molecule drug discovery is initiated in partnership with an undisclosed company.

2018

April 2018

A research facility is opened in Shin-Kawasaki.

A Basic Research Facility for small molecule drug discovery was opened in Shin-Kawasaki at the Kawasaki Business Incubation Center (KBIC).

 

March-April 2019

Capital is raised through Series B financing.

Series B financing raised fresh funds from the existing shareholders and three additional venture capital firms.
The Basic Research Division was officially launched to pursue small molecule drug discovery.

2019

January 2020

Joint research is conducted.

Joint research is being conducted for small molecule and ASO drug discovery with more than five companies.

2020