Developing new therapies for life-threatening immuno-inflammatory diseases

Veralox is a clinical stage company developing drug products targeting the 12-Lipoxygenase pathway
The Target

12-Lipoxygenase

12-lipoxygenase (12-LOX) is an enzyme that oxidizes fatty acids, generates proinflammatory metabolites and has been implicated in a myriad of diseases including Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT) and Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). We are developing therapies for these diseases with a clinical program in HIT, preclinical program in T1D and discovery research aimed at expanding our 12-LOX inhibitors to additional diseases.

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Treatment Approach

Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT)

HIT is a deadly syndrome characterized by hyperactivated platelets and a devastating pro-thrombotic state. Targeting 12-LOX inhibits the production of 12-HETE, a proinflammatory metabolite known to play a role in platelet activation and thrombosis. We received Orphan Designation and Fast Track Designation for our first-in-class drug product, VLX-1005, addressing the underlying cause of this immune-driven blood clotting.

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Treatment Approach

Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)

We are developing a disease-modifying therapy for T1D. By inhibiting 12-LOX and shutting down production of its products like 12-HETE, β cells are able to function properly by producing more insulin and becoming more resilient to immune attack.

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Meet the Team

Jeffrey W. Strovel, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
David J. Maloney, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer
Matthew B. Boxer, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Michael Hanna, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Lisa Beck
Chief Business Officer
Henry Flanner, MChE
Sr. Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development
Alicia Herr
Project Manger
Amy Mills
Controller
Steven Zelenkofske, DO
Chief Medical Officer, SwanBio, Chair Clinical Advisory Board
Gowthami Arepally, MD
Professor of Medicine and Vice Chief of Research, Division of Hematology at Duke University Medical Center
Adam Cuker, MD, MS
Director of the Penn Comprehensive Hemophilia & Thrombosis Program, Clinical Director, Penn Blood Disorders Center, Associate Professor of Medicine University of Pennsylvania
Michael Holinstat, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery, and Director Platelet Physiology and Pharmacology Core at University of Michigan
Ted Holman, PhD
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Steven McKenzie, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Director of Hematology and the Cardeza Foundation for Hematologic Research at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Raghu Mirmira, MD, PhD
Professor and Director of the Translational Research Center at the University of Chicago
Jerry Nadler, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Dean of New York Medical College
Anand Padmanabhan, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Senior Associate Consultant at the Mayo Clinic
Alex Martin, MBA
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Katie Ellias, MBA
Managing Director, JDRF T1D Fund
Megan Krench, PhD
Director of Investments, Sanofi Ventures
Ben Scruggs, PhD
Principal, Hatteras Venture Partners
Jamie Stiff, MBA
Managing Director, Genesys Capital
Jeffrey W. Strovel, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer