R.A. Session II, president, CEO, and founder of Taysha Gene Therapies [Background image: Olena Yepifanova via iStock]
The investment by Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma gives it a 15% stake in Taysha and positions it to potentially purchase the company, according to the Dallas Morning News. The Dallas-based biotech firm's pipeline includes the "first-and-only" gene therapy in clinical development for Rett syndrome and a Phase 1/2 development of a treatment for an inherited nervous system disorder that's awaiting regulatory feedback.
“We believe this investment not only further validates the potential of our technology platform, but also reinforces the therapeutic and market opportunity of our two lead clinical assets,” Founder and CEO R.A. Sessions II says.