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Our Business

We are building the preeminent biotechnology company around medicine's first ‘therapeutic’ targets – the TAS2R system – to develop therapies for the treatment of metabolic and immunologic diseases and conditions. We are exploiting an endogenous system, predominately designed to utilize key nutrients, to produce a series of systemic- and tissue-specific biological responses which we believe can modulate immune-metabolic pathologies sufficient to return a patient to homeostasis.  We expect that our discovery platform will identify multiple indications for which TAS2R modulation, at the systemic and tissue level, creates potent complimentary and synergistic biological effects.  We believe the breadth of indications treatable through modulation of these G-couple protein receptors is broad and encompasses both niche patient populations as well as large heterogenic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and NASH.

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Our Team


J. Michael French


Michael has held numerous positions within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry including President and CEO of Marina Biotech; Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Sirna Therapeutics; Chief Business Officer, Entelos Inc.; and Senior Product Manager, International Strategic Marketing, Bayer, Ag.  Michael led the financing efforts for a publicly traded company as well as having sourced, negotiated, and closed of over fifty collaboration and licensing transactions. Michael is a former U.S. Army officer who served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Among his military decorations are the Bronze Star Medal and Defense Meritorious Service Medal.  He holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a M.S. in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University.


Richard T. Ho, M.D., Ph.D.


Richard advises Amaro in the areas of systems biology, in silico modeling and artificial intelligence.  Richard is currently the Chief Scientific Officer at Cotinga Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  Previously, Richard was the Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Marina Biotech, Inc. and Senior Medical Director at Entelos, Inc.  Dr. Ho founded the Disease Simulation Group at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development; where he built and led a team which championed systems biology and personalized medicine approaches to understanding and treating human disease.  While at J&J, he helped develop the first FDA-approved SGLT2 inhibitor.  Richard received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and completed his M.D./Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Pat Charmley, Ph.D.


Pat Charmley has a Ph.D. from UCLA in human immunology with an emphasis in genetics, which has resulted in his authorship on over 50 scientific publications.  Pat has worked in biotech project/program/alliance management for nearly than 30 years, including with Darwin Molecular/Celltech, Ionian Technologies, Marina Biotech/Nastech, Omeros, PhaseRx, Alder Biopharmaceuticals, Bolt Biotherapeutics, and Implicit Bioscience.  The majority of Pat’s work experience has been in cross-functional project management of drug development, from basic research and lead discovery, through IND-enabling studies, and also Phase 1 and 2 clinical studies.  Pat continues to use the breadth of his experiences to execute on the quickest possible achievement of milestones and value inflection points, through an emphasis on strategic planning and aggressive execution of those plans.

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