The Prince William Science Accelerator has a new tenant – Serpin Pharma, a biotech company.
According to a release, the Prince William Science Accelerator, located in Manassas, was established in 2014 to help the county establish “its position as a thriving life sciences and technology hub within the Greater Washington metro area and its momentum is poised to continue,” and offers wet lab space for growing tech companies.
Serpin Pharma will be leasing 1,141 square feet in the wet lab, stated a release. The company was started in 2011, and specializes in developing “anti-inflammatory and immune modulating peptides with potential application in inflammatory, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes,” stated a release.
According to a release, the company has been awarded more than $500,000 in a Small Business Innovation Research grant offered by the National Institutes of Health and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The company currently holds a parent for several anti-inflammatory peptides, according to a release.
“We are happy to be located in such a state-of-the-art facility as the Prince William Science Accelerator. Being in the heart of Innovation Park, within close proximity to Mason’s Science and Technology Campus and related research institutions will only enhance our work going forward,” stated Serpin Pharma Founder and Executive Chairperson Dr. Cohava Gelber in a release.
The Prince William County Department of Economic Development is excited about Serpin Pharma coming to the county.
“Serpin Pharma, LLC has been a welcome addition to our roster of life sciences companies at the Prince William Science Accelerator. The groundbreaking work being carried out by Serpin Pharma, LLC is consistent with and reflective of the caliber of companies we expected to attract when we embarked on the establishment of the Science Accelerator,” stated Prince William County Department of Economic Development Executive Director Jeffrey Kaczmarek in a release.
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