Co-Founder, Snap Bio, Inc.
Snap Bio, Inc., a preclinical stage company, is leveraging the biosynthetic and chemical diversity of Nature to discover and develop novel drugs derived from privileged natural product scaffolds. Centered around a proprietary cell-free biosynthesis system, our drug discovery platform marries the power of synthetic biology and advanced medicinal chemistry for high throughput (bio)synthesis of natural products and their “unnatural” analogs. With this unique approach, we have produced a novel class of cyclic peptides derived from Nature. These novel cyclic peptides display a unique folded three-dimensional structure and are functionally rich “mini-proteins” that provide multiple points of contact with receptors. These new cyclic peptides are very stable under physiological conditions, and have an ideal size that bridges the spatial gap between small molecules and large biologics. Our drug discovery efforts are underway to develop these cyclic peptides into agonists and antagonists of chemokine receptors.
Brandon Chen is a co-founder of Snap Bio and inventor of a proprietary cell-free technology for production of natural products and their “unnatural” analogs. In the past, Brandon developed several enabling synthetic biotechnologies for discovery of therapeutic antibodies, evolution of catalytic enzymes and engineering of industrial microbes. Brandon received his Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics and an M.B.A. in healthcare from University of California in Irvine. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys surfing at San Diego beaches.