Class of 2014
- Year 2014 - Year 1
- From New York, New York
- Website www.hemogenyx.com
HemoGenyx is a biopharmaceutical company developing a new treatment for blood diseases, such as leukemia, lymphoma and bone marrow (“BM”) failure. The Company leverages a special class of cells that can generate cancer-free, patient-matched blood stem cells. These cancer-free cells can then be used in BM and blood (hematopoietic) stem cell (“HSC”) transplants, which will improve the efficacy of BM/HSC transplants and make BM/HSC transplants a viable treatment option for many patients that wouldn’t otherwise be able to find a matching donor.
Alexis Sandler: Dr. Vladislav Sandler’s work in the lab, the results of which are at the heart of the HemoGenyx business, was an outgrowth of his own personal experience with the loss of close relatives from blood diseases like leukemia and lymphoma. Thus, the inspiration for HemoGenyx is the widespread need for a more effective treatment for such blood diseases.
AS: We were certainly familiar with Buffalo’s professional sports teams, the Bills and the Sabres, and, of course, its proximity to Niagara Falls. We were also quite fond of buffalo wings. Thanks to the 43North competition, we’ve now know so much more about what the city has to offer.