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Nimble Therapeutics Expands its Drug Discovery Capabilities to Advance Pipeline to the Clinic

Company Announces Opening of a Second R&D site in Philadelphia, PA, and the Appointments of Shelley Allen as Head of Drug Discovery, and Munir Mosaheb as Head of Biology

Philadelphia, PA (April 3rd, 2024)/BusinessWire/ — Nimble Therapeutics today announced the opening of a second R&D site in Philadelphia, PA. The new site, located in B+Labs, a hub for scientific innovation in University City Philadelphia, will focus on progressing Nimble’s growing pipeline of orally-delivered peptide therapeutics into clinical development. The Philadelphia site will synergize with activities at Nimble’s main R&D site in Madison, WI, which is focused on leveraging its proprietary platform to optimize oral peptide therapeutics at unprecedented scale and speed.

In addition to the new site, Nimble also announced the appointment of two senior leaders to spearhead the drug discovery efforts and catalyze the build out of the Philadelphia site and team. Shelley Allen will join as Head of Drug Discovery and will lead the advanced optimization and characterization of clinical candidate peptides and their progression into the clinic. Munir Mosaheb will join as Head of Biology and will lead the pharmacological, immunological and translational aspects of Nimble’s drug discovery programs.

Shelley has over 25 years of experience in the discovery and development of high-impact medicines. She joined Nimble from Think Bioscience where she was VP, Medicinal Chemistry, and responsible for establishing drug discovery teams and capabilities to develop their internal programs. Previously, Shelley spent 22 years with Array Biopharma / Pfizer in roles of increasing responsibility, contributing to the discovery of several clinical candidates including oncology therapeutics Vitrakvi ® and Tukysa ® . As director of medicinal chemistry at Pfizer, she led teams and programs from lead discovery to IND in the kinase space. Shelley began her career at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer after completing undergraduate studies at DeMontfort University of Leicester. She has published > 40 scientific papers and patents and is active in the American Chemical Society community.

Munir has over 15 years of experience in developing and applying novel immunological insights in academic and biotech settings. Most recently Munir was the Head of Translational Biology and Immunology at Senda Biosciences (now Sail Biomedicines), where he built a Translational Biology team and led platform and program development, and IND-enabling preclinical data generation. Prior to Senda, Munir received broad training across diverse aspects of immunology. He explored molecular vaccinology during his time at Merck & Co. and the Wetzler lab at BU, studied T cell biology while at the Flavell lab at Yale, and immuno-oncology and cell trafficking as a post-doctoral fellow in the von Andrian lab at Harvard.

“We are pleased to open our second R&D site in the Philadelphia area,” said Jigar Patel, founder & CEO of Nimble Therapeutics. “This is a reflection of the growing maturity of our internal pipeline of orally-delivered peptide therapeutics, and the need to build additional capabilities as we progress candidates into the clinic.”

“I’m thrilled to have Shelley and Munir join us at this exciting stage in the journey of Nimble,” said Pete Gough, CSO of Nimble Therapeutics. “They both bring a wealth of experience in the key areas of immunology, drug discovery and pre-clinical development and will be instrumental in building and leading the teams that will take our programs into the clinic.”

“As a medicinal chemist of 25 years, I am incredibly impressed by the power and unprecedented speed of the Nimble platform to identify and optimize oral therapeutic peptides. I’m very much looking forward to partnering with our team in Madison to deliver a robust pipeline of clinical candidates to patients”, said Shelley.

“Despite the progress we’ve made with parenteral biological therapies for the treatment of immune-mediated diseases over the past couple of decades, patients want oral medicines. Because of our platform, Nimble is uniquely placed to become a leader in developing oral peptide therapeutics as next-generation treatments for these patients and I’m excited to be part of the team to help this vision become reality”, said Munir.

About Nimble Therapeutics
Nimble is a biotechnology company dedicated to delivering on the promise of oral peptide therapeutics. Leveraging a paradigm-shifting peptide drug discovery and development engine, Nimble is advancing its internal pipeline and continues to support several partnered programs. The Nimble platform combines massively parallel solid-phase synthesis, unrivaled chemical and structural diversity, sophisticated assays, and powerful machine learning and computational methods. Nimble is located in Madison, WI and Philadelphia, PA. For more information, visit www.nimbletherapeutics.com.

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Nimble Therapeutics Adds Peptide Drug Development Expertise to Board of Directors

Company Announces Appointment of Daniel Flynn, Ph.D. and Brian Cali, Ph.D. to Strengthen Capabilities in Support of Company’s Peptide Drug Programs

Nimble Therapeutics announced that Dan Flynn and Brian Cali have joined the company’s Board of Directors. Both bring deep entrepreneurial and drug development track records that will guide Nimble as it continues to pursue its internal pipeline.

Dr. Flynn has over 40 years of experience in the discovery and development of high-impact medicines. He recently retired from Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, a company he founded in 2003. At Deciphera, Dr. Flynn held positions of Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, and Chief Scientific Officer where he oversaw the progression of several molecules through clinical trials, including Qinlock® for the treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Before founding Deciphera, Dr. Flynn held senior roles with various companies including Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Amgen Inc. and the Monsanto Company, G.D. Searle Unit. Dr. Flynn is currently Adjunct Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Kansas-Lawrence. He has served as the National Chair for the Division of Medicinal Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, is an American Chemical Society Fellow, and founder of the Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Boards of several biotech companies. Dr. Flynn received both his B.S. in pharmacy and Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Kansas and completed post-doctorate training in synthetic organic chemistry at Indiana University.

Dr. Cali has over 25 years of pharma biotech experience. He co-founded Ironwood Pharmaceuticals in 1998 where he held leadership roles across R&D and corporate development and helped drive the company’s transformation from an early discovery stage startup to a commercial stage company with a market leading gastrointestinal (GI) disease product (Linzess®) and a diverse pre-commercial pipeline. Brian also led the investor engagement and financing efforts that enabled the creation of Cyclerion, an Ironwood spinout, in 2019. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Jnana Therapeutics, a role he has held since 2018. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute.

“We are pleased to welcome Daniel and Brian to our Board of Directors at this important stage of Nimble’s evolution,” said Jigar Patel, founder & CEO of Nimble Therapeutics. “Both are renowned pharma biotech entrepreneurs, having founded and successfully led companies that have developed novel small molecule or peptide-based drugs. We look forward to their guidance as we work to bring breakthrough medicines into clinical development, and ultimately to patients in need.”

“Daniel and Brian are valuable additions to Nimble’s board, and their expert guidance will be paramount to the company as it continues to concentrate on developing and progressing its internal pipeline,” said Board Chair Dan Zabrowski.

“It is an exciting time to be joining Nimble as they seek to leverage their incredibly versatile technology and team to develop best-in-class / first-in-class peptide-based medicines for the treatment of important diseases.” said Dr. Flynn.

“Nimble has a paradigm shifting platform and I am impressed with what they have already accomplished. I look forward to helping the company as their efforts toward their own pipeline intensify, and they push towards the clinic and beyond.” said Dr. Cali.

About Nimble Therapeutics

Nimble is a biotechnology company dedicated to delivering on the promise of peptide therapeutics. Leveraging a paradigm-shifting peptide drug discovery and development engine, Nimble is advancing its internal pipeline and continues to support several partnered programs. The Nimble platform combines massively parallel solid-phase synthesis, unrivaled chemical and structural diversity, sophisticated assays, and powerful machine learning and computational methods. Nimble is located in Madison, WI and Philadelphia, PA. For more information, visit www.nimbletherapeutics.com.

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Nimble Therapeutics named a 2023 Best Place to Work by Madison Magazine

Nimble Therapeutics is proud to be named Best Place to Work by Madison Magazine for the second year in a row! Employees at nominated companies complete a survey conducted by Quantum Workplace that measures six key engagement categories: communication and resources, individual needs, manager effectiveness, personal engagement, team dynamics, and trust in leadership. The survey is audited and results are compiled by Quantum. 

Thank you to our staff for their honest feedback and for the engagement in making Nimble Therapeutics a great place to work!

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Nimble Therapeutics Announces Expansion of its Discovery and Development Partnership with Genentech

MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nimble Therapeutics, a biotechnology company leveraging its next-generation peptide discovery platform to identify medicines for challenging-to-drug targets, today announced that the company has expanded its collaboration and executed a license agreement with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX:RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), for the discovery of peptide therapies for the treatment of diseases across multiple therapeutic areas.

“We are excited to significantly expand our partnership and strengthen our collaboration with Genentech,” said Jigar Patel, Founder & CEO of Nimble Therapeutics. “Genentech has been a valuable strategic partner and we are proud that our success thus far has led to the opportunity to significantly broaden our work together with both Genentech and Roche.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Nimble will receive a $20 million upfront payment; near-term, preclinical, clinical, and commercial milestone payments that could exceed $1.1 billion; as well as tiered royalties. Nimble will apply its platform against multiple targets, and Genentech and Roche will be responsible for preclinical and clinical development, and commercialization of any resulting products.

“This expanded partnership with Genentech, and the multiple recently achieved milestones across all our partnered programs, demonstrates Nimble’s capability to deliver peptide therapeutic candidates,” said Pete Gough, CSO of Nimble Therapeutics. “We are excited to further leverage our differentiated platform to accelerate development of optimized candidates against a larger set of novel targets in partnership with Genentech.”

“Given the success of our initial collaboration, we look forward to deepening our partnership with Nimble as we work together against a larger number of important and challenging targets across various disease areas,” said James Sabry, Global Head of Roche Pharma Partnering.

About Nimble Therapeutics

Nimble is a biotechnology company dedicated to delivering on the promise of peptide therapeutics. Leveraging a paradigm-shifting peptide drug discovery and development engine, Nimble combines massively parallel solid-phase synthesis, unrivaled chemical and structural diversity, sophisticated assays, and powerful analytics to discover and develop next generation peptide therapeutics efficiently and intelligently. Nimble has extensively validated its platform to identify highly biologically active compounds for multiple programs, spanning a wide variety of therapeutic target classes. For more information, visit www.nimbletherapeutics.com.

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Nimble Therapeutics Delivers Lead Compounds for Two Programs Under Collaboration with Large Pharma Partner, Triggering Milestone Payments

MADISON, WI, USA, December 13, 2022 — Nimble Therapeutics Inc., a leading peptide therapeutics company, today announced they have achieved discovery milestones for two programs partnered with a large pharma company. For each program, Nimble has delivered lead compounds ready for further pre-clinical testing and subsequent IND studies. As with all its partnered research programs, Nimble remains eligible for additional future pre-clinical, clinical, and commercial milestones, and royalties attached to each program as development progresses.

In the last nine months alone, Nimble has delivered lead compounds for four programs to its partners. This progress, across multiple targets and partners, validates the power of Nimble’s platform to optimize peptide therapeutics at unprecedented speed. In addition to Nimble’s core platform technology, Nimble continues to expand its internal R&D capabilities, with work ongoing to advance its wholly owned pipeline. This effort is being led by pharmaceutical industry veteran Pete Gough, D.Phil., who joined as the company’s Chief Scientific Officer in November.

“Nimble’s demonstrated ability to consistently reach these important milestones is a testament to the strength of the scientific collaborations we have built with our partners and our powerful drug discovery and development engine and team,” said Jigar Patel, CEO. “We remain committed to working diligently with each of our partners to bring important medicines to patients.” Patel added that, “Nimble continues to advance its own internal pipeline while also evaluating strategic partnering opportunities for 2023 and beyond.”

About Nimble Therapeutics

Nimble is a biotechnology company dedicated to delivering on the promise of peptide therapeutics. Leveraging a paradigm-shifting peptide drug discovery and development engine, Nimble combines massively parallel solid-phase synthesis, unrivaled chemical and structural diversity, sophisticated assays, and powerful analytics to discover and develop next generation peptide therapeutics efficiently and intelligently. Nimble has extensively validated its platform to identify highly biologically active compounds for multiple programs, spanning a wide variety of therapeutic target classes. For more information, visit www.nimbletherapeutics.com.

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Nimble Therapeutics names Pete Gough as Chief Scientific Officer

Madison, WI, USA  November 30, 2022 — Nimble Therapeutics, an industry-leading peptide therapeutics company, today announced the appointment of Pete Gough, D. Phil. as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO). In this newly created role, Dr. Gough will spearhead the expansion of Nimble’s internal drug discovery capabilities that will enable further development of its own pipeline of proprietary therapeutics and drive Nimble towards becoming a fully integrated biotechnology company.

Dr. Gough has more than 25 years of experience in discovery research, both in academic settings as well as in the life sciences industry, and a track record of success in drug discovery and development, driving research programs into clinical study by building and leading high-performance teams. Prior to joining Nimble, Pete served as the CSO for Inzen Therapeutics, a Flagship company pioneering the newly discovered science of Thanokine Biology. At Inzen, he helped advance the company from seed stage to a successful Series B through the development of their pipeline of potentially transformational Immuno-Oncology therapeutics. Previously, Pete spent 15 years at GSK in roles of increasing responsibility. He served as Head of the Hepatitis B Virus Discovery Performance Unit (DPU) where he led GSK’s efforts to develop a functional cure for HBV including proof of concept studies for bepirovirsen. He also served as Head of the Host Defense DPU, and prior to that was Head of Biology and DMPK in the Pattern Recognition Receptor DPU. Pete led, and oversaw, the discovery and development of a number of clinical assets across multiple therapeutic areas including RIP1 kinase inhibitor GSK2982772 and STING agonist GSK3745417.

“We’re excited to welcome Pete to our management team at Nimble,” said Jigar Patel, PhD, Founder and CEO of Nimble Therapeutics. “Since our formation in 2019, Nimble has worked diligently to optimize and validate our peptide discovery platform. Pete brings invaluable experience in drug discovery and development across multiple therapeutic areas that will enable Nimble to deliver on the promise of peptide therapeutics through progressing and expanding our own internal pipeline.”

“Nimble has built the industry leading platform for discovering peptide therapeutics that solves for the challenges that everyone else in the field is struggling with,” said Dr. Gough. “I’m very excited to be part of the team and to help realize the truly transformative nature of the Nimble platform by advancing novel medicines into the clinic.”

Earlier in his career, Pete was a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington. He received his D. Phil. and M. A. from the University of Oxford. Pete has authored/co-authored over 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and has been an invited speaker at numerous academic institutions and scientific conferences.

About Nimble Therapeutics

Nimble is a biotechnology company dedicated to delivering on the promise of peptide therapeutics. Leveraging a paradigm-shifting peptide drug discovery and development engine, Nimble combines massively parallel solid-phase synthesis, unrivaled chemical and structural diversity, sophisticated assays, and powerful analytics to efficiently and intelligently discover and develop next generation peptide therapeutics. Nimble has extensively validated its platform to identify highly biologically active compounds for multiple programs, spanning a wide variety of therapeutic target classes.

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Nimble Therapeutics included among the 2022 Best Places to Work by Madison Magazine

Nimble Therapeutics was named a 2022 Best Place to Work by Madison Magazine! 

Administered annually, the Best Places to Work survey measures employee engagement and workplace factors like:
✔ trust in leadership
✔ team dynamics
✔ manager effectiveness
The competition honors superior organizations where cultures are thriving and employees are engaged.

Thank you to all of our employees for their honest feedback, and we look forward to continuing to be one of the Best Places to Work!

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Nimble Therapeutics Announces Achievement of Development Milestones from Multiple Partnered Programs Connected to a Strategic Large Pharma Collaboration

MADISON, Wis.–Nimble Therapeutics Inc. today announced the company has achieved the first development milestone for each of several programs attached to a multi-target collaboration with an undisclosed large pharma partner.

Nimble will receive payments for each milestone connected to the collaboration, and the company remains eligible for additional future downstream milestones attached to each program as development continues.

“This is a significant accomplishment for our young company as we work with our partners to create important medicines for the benefit of patients, and we look forward to supporting this partner as they continue the development activities for each program.” said Jigar Patel, Ph.D., CEO of Nimble Therapeutics.

“Delivering lead candidates to one of our first partners validates the power of our platform, approach, and team; and clearly demonstrates the value that Nimble brings to its partners. We are working diligently to deliver state of the art peptides for each and every partnered program and are confident that these efforts will result in additional milestones being earned by Nimble in 2022, and beyond.”

About Nimble Therapeutics

Nimble Therapeutics is a biotechnology company dedicated to delivering on the promise of peptide therapeutics. Leveraging a paradigm-shifting peptide drug discovery and development engine, Nimble integrates the unrivaled chemical and structural diversity of its proprietary, light-directed, massively parallel solid-phase synthesis with biological display techniques, sophisticated assays, and powerful analytics to efficiently and intelligently discover and develop next generation peptide therapeutics. For more information please see www.nimbletherapeutics.com.

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Nimble Therapeutics and Incyte Expand their Strategic Research Collaboration to Discover Additional Novel Peptide Therapeutics

Madison, WI, USA September 14, 2021 Nimble Therapeutics, a biotechnology company revolutionizing the discovery and development of peptide therapeutics, today announced their strategic research collaboration with Incyte (NASDAQ: INCY) has been expanded to include discovery of additional novel peptide therapies.

“Nimble looks forward to building upon on the already strong collaboration between the Nimble and Incyte scientific teams. The expansion of the collaboration serves as yet another important validation of Nimble’s powerful capabilities and approach towards engineering the next generation of peptide therapeutics”, said Jigar Patel, CEO and Founder of Nimble Therapeutics.

Under the terms of the agreement, Nimble will receive an upfront payment and reimbursement of certain research program costs and may become eligible for downstream milestone payments and royalties. Incyte has exclusive rights to develop and commercialize any peptides discovered under the collaboration and has an option to further expand the collaboration to include additional targets.

About Nimble Therapeutics

Nimble Therapeutics is a biotechnology company dedicated to delivering on the promise of peptide therapeutics. Leveraging a paradigm-shifting peptide drug discovery and development engine, Nimble combines massively parallel solid-phase synthesis, unrivaled chemical and structural diversity, sophisticated assays, and powerful analytics to efficiently and intelligently discover and develop next generation peptide therapeutics.

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Nimble Therapeutics Appoints Cyrus Arman, PhD, MBA as Chief Business Officer

Madison, WI, USA September 08, 2021 — Nimble Therapeutics, an industry-leading peptide therapeutic discovery and optimization company, today announced the appointment of Dr. Cyrus Arman as Chief Business Officer. Cyrus will be responsible for structuring strategic alliances, licensing agreements, and financial investments, and will further provide management and strategic leadership to the organization. The appointment comes at a time of significant growth for Nimble Therapeutics, as the company continues to advance its technology platform and build out its strategic partnerships. His appointment represents the first step in Nimble’s expansion toward becoming a fully integrated biotechnology company.

Cyrus has over 12 years of experience in corporate, clinical, and commercial strategy. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at NEUVOGEN, Inc, an immuno-oncology firm developing cancer vaccines. Prior to NEUVOGEN, Dr. Arman contributed to rebuilding and running Amgen’s Global Competitive Intelligence and Strategy unit, and later served as a Director in Amgen’s Corporate Strategy group.

“We’re excited to welcome Cyrus to our management team at Nimble,” said Jigar Patel, PhD, Founder and CEO of Nimble Therapeutics. “Cyrus brings valuable experience devising strategy, executing transactions, and leveraging innovation that will enable Nimble to deliver on the promise of peptide therapeutics.”

Cyrus has an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles, a PhD in Neuroscience and an MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a BS in Biopsychology from the University of California San Diego.

About Nimble Therapeutics

Nimble Therapeutics is a biotechnology company dedicated to delivering on the promise of peptide therapeutics. Leveraging a paradigm-shifting peptide drug discovery and development engine, Nimble combines massively parallel solid-phase synthesis, unrivaled chemical and structural diversity, sophisticated assays, and powerful analytics to efficiently and intelligently discover and develop next generation peptide therapeutics.

Connect with us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/nimble-therapeutics or visit our website at www.nimbletherapeutics.com to learn more.

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