Targeted Non-invasive Gene Therapies

We are a biotechnology company creating a new class of targeted gene therapies for debilitating and life-threatening genetic disorders in both central nervous system (CNS) and non-CNS indications.

Current gene therapy approaches have shown dramatic efficacy in several rare diseases but are hindered by imprecise targeting. The inability to selectively transduce specific cells and tissues effectively drives administration of higher doses and resulting safety liabilities. We are addressing these concerns with our proprietary adeno-associated virus (AAV) engineering platform that generates capsids optimized to target specific tissues and cells in the disease organ while limiting transduction of tissues and cells not relevant to the target disease.
Through our next-generation AAV platform combined with cargo development and state-of-the-art manufacturing, we are tackling monogenetic and sporadic CNS and non-CNS disorders that have previously been challenging to address.

Leadership Team

Peter

Peter Anastasiou
Chief Executive Officer
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Nick

Nicholas Flytzanis, Ph.D.
Founder, Chief Scientific Officer
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Nick

Nick Goeden, Ph.D.
Founder, Chief Technology Officer
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Bethany

Bethany Mancilla
Chief Business Officer
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Swati

Swati Tole, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
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Rayne

Rayne Waller
Chief Operating Officer
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Pam

Pam Wapnick
Chief Financial Officer
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Board of Directors

Peter

Peter Anastasiou
Chief Executive Officer
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Rita

Rita Balice-Gordon, Ph.D.
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Viviana

Viviana Gradinaru, Ph.D.
Founder
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Sean Harper

Sean Harper, M.D.
(Board Observer)
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Clare

Clare Ozawa, Ph.D.
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Beth Seidenberg, M.D.

Beth Seidenberg, M.D.
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Frank

Frank Verwiel, M.D.
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News and Events

Capsida Biotherapeutics Presents Data Demonstrating Unique Industry-Leading Technology and Capabilities With Potential to Treat Both Rare and Common Diseases at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT)

May 18, 2022

Platform utilizes combinatorial engineering and automation to screen in high-throughput, generating capsids greatly improved over AAV9 in CNS efficiency and specificity. Process development and manufacturing data validate in-house capability to produce highly productive and scalable processes up to 200L.

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Capsida Biotherapeutics Presents New Data Validating Potential of Its Targeted, Non-invasive Gene Therapy Platform at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT)

May 17, 2022

Preclinical results demonstrate proof-of-concept of early generation AAV-engineered capsid in MPSII pilot program. Data from capsid engineering platform show greater than 100-fold improvement over AAV9 across both infants and juveniles. Top capsid variants show broad protein expression across the primate CNS.

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Capsida Co-Founders Named to Endpoints’ Top 20 Scientists Under 40

April 19, 2022

Dr. Nick Goeden and Dr. Nick Flytzanis – “the Nicks,” as many of their colleagues call them – have a lot in common. They’re both co-founders and leaders at Capsida Biotherapeutics. They’re both 35 years old. And, this month, they were both named to the 2022 Endpoints “20 Under 40” list. This annual honor, selected … Read More

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Capsida Biotherapeutics Announces Appointment of Rayne Waller to Chief Operating Officer

March 22, 2022

Company creates chief operating officer role and appoints veteran manufacturing and supply-chain executive Rayne Waller to help Capsida capitalize on its platform gene therapy technology, bringing treatments to patients with debilitating and life-threatening genetic disorders Mr. Waller will retain responsibility for manufacturing in addition to other operational functions Company’s proprietary technology allows for targeted non-invasive … Read More

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PharmaVoice profiles Capsida CEO Peter Anastasiou

February 3, 2022

Capsida Biotherapeutics CEO Peter Anastasiou aims to bring AAV therapy to reality Anastasiou’s key to leadership stands at the intersection of what’s right for patients and business. As the CEO of Capsida Biotherapeutics, Peter Anastasiou is optimistic — no, let’s make that excited — that the company’s novel and proprietary next-generation adeno-associated virus (AAV) platform … Read More

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Capsida Biotherapeutics Announces Publication in Nature Neuroscience From Caltech Demonstrating Robust, Non-invasive IV Gene Delivery Targeted to the Brain While Avoiding Liver

December 9, 2021

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., December 9, 2021 — Capsida Biotherapeutics, Inc., an industry-leading gene therapy platform company creating a new class of targeted, non-invasive gene therapies for patients with debilitating and life-threatening genetic disorders, today announced research published in Nature Neuroscience that demonstrated the ability to engineer and select novel capsid variants, with improved enrichment in … Read More

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Capsida Biotherapeutics Poised to Capitalize on Industry-leading Gene Therapy Technology With New CEO, CSO, and CTO

December 7, 2021

Longtime industry executive Peter Anastasiou appointed Chief Executive Officer Capsida co-founders Nicholas Flytzanis, Ph.D., promoted to Chief Scientific Officer and Nick Goeden, Ph.D., promoted to Chief Technology Officer Company’s proprietary technology allows for targeted non-invasive gene therapy for the brain and body, while limiting collateral impact on non-targeted areas THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., December 7, 2021 … Read More

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Capsida Technology and Clinical Leadership to Present at Gene Therapy for Neurological Disorders Conference

December 2, 2021

Capsida Biotherapeutics Inc., a fully integrated biotechnology company creating a new class of targeted adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapies for patients with debilitating and life-threatening genetic disorders, is pleased to announce that co-founder and vice  president of Technology Nick Goeden, PhD,  and Swati Tole, MD MS, will speak at the Gene Therapy for Neurological Disorders … Read More

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Capsida Biotherapeutics Unveils Next-Generation Gene Therapy Manufacturing

July 22, 2021

New 15,000 square-foot facility in Thousand Oaks will enable industry leading end-to-end gene therapy manufacturing capability THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., July 22, 2021 – Capsida Biotherapeutics Inc., a fully integrated biotechnology company creating a new class of targeted adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapies for patients with debilitating and life-threatening genetic disorders, today announced the opening of … Read More

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CRISPR Therapeutics and Capsida Biotherapeutics Announce Strategic Collaboration to Develop Gene-Edited Therapies for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Friedreich’s Ataxia

June 15, 2021

Collaboration leverages expertise and capabilities of both companies towards developing life-changing treatments for severe neurological diseases ZUG, Switzerland, CAMBRIDGE, Mass., and THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – June 15, 2021 — CRISPR Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CRSP), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases, and Capsida Biotherapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company dedicated to developing … Read More

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Capsida Appoints Swati Tole, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer

May 12, 2021

Capsida Biotherapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company creating a new class of targeted gene therapies using its next-generation adeno-associated virus (AAV) engineering and cargo development platform, today announced the appointment of Swati Tole, M.D., as the Company’s first chief medical officer.

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Capsida Biotherapeutics Debuts with $140 Million of Capital

April 29, 2021

Versant Ventures and Westlake Village BioPartners today announced the emergence from stealth mode of Capsida Biotherapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company using an adeno-associated virus (AAV) engineering and cargo development platform to develop tissue-targeted gene therapies for multiple types of diseases.

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