This new company, Warp Drive Bio, is being funded by Sanofi and Third Rock Ventures, a biocoastal venture capital firm with a big footprint in Kendall Square.
The only links on the Warp Drive Bio web page take you to emails for “careers’ and “contacts.” Here’s the description from the press release.
About Warp Drive Bio
Warp Drive Bio is driving the reemergence of natural products in the era of genomics to create breakthrough treatments that make an important difference in the lives of patients. Built upon the belief that nature is the world’s most powerful medicinal chemist, Warp Drive Bio is deploying a battery of state-of-the-art technologies to access powerful drugs that are now hidden within microbes. Key to the Warp Drive Bio approach is the company’s proprietary “genomic search engine” and customized search queries that enable hidden natural products to be revealed on the basis of their distinctive genomic signature. Launched in 2011 through a groundbreaking strategic partnership with Sanofi and with financing from Third Rock Ventures and Greylock Partners, the company was founded by renowned scientist Dr. Gregory Verdine, along with Dr. George Church and Dr. James Wells.
Here’s a link Third Rock Ventures. If you get dizzy easily, you might want to skip the intro, which zooms into a Google-worldish maps of “Boston’ — mostly Cambridge, actually — and San Francisco. One of their Cambridge companies is currently involved in lawsuit over potential cancer cures. More on that here.