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SmartCells Inc.

Division of Merck & Co. Inc.

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Sensulin LLC

Sensulin LLC aims to treat diabetes by linking a liposome-encapsulated form of recombinant human insulin with a boronic-acid derivative that is a competitive binder with glucose. If the drug works as envisioned, it would reduce the risk of hypoglycemia that can occur when glucose levels fluctuate during the day, and would also obviate the need for multiple injections and constant monitoring.


Thermalin Diabetes LLC

Thermalin Diabetes LLC is developing candidates aimed at three separate segments of the insulin analog market, the first, a rapid-acting, ultra-concentrated insulin will complete preclinical proof-of-concept studies this spring. A second, ultra-rapid-acting insulin analog is designed to make mealtime dosing more effective. Finally, Thermalin has figured out a way to make both basal and rapid-acting insulins that are stable in the heat, potentially enabling important new ways to get insulin to patients.


Biotech Angels Are Going Where VCs Fear To Tread

Many VCs have lost interest in early-stage investing, but angels - individuals who invest their own money alone or in groups - are stepping up to fill the gap. Angels are an especially good fit for for biotech start-ups that don't want to cede control of their companies to VCs too early, if at all. In addition to bringing valuable cash, angels put less pressure on start-ups to achieve an exit within a given time frame than traditional venture investors, and are more willing to accept buyers that may not be the highest bidders but will nevertheless be good stewards for their assets. For their part, companies looking to angels must understand the goals of their potential backers, since these financiers are often motivated by philanthropy and personal interest in a disease.
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Company Information

  • Industry
  • Biotechnology
    • Large Molecule
  • Pharmaceuticals
    • Drug Delivery
      • Macromolecule
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Alias(es)
  • Ownership
  • Private
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Merck & Co. Inc.
  • Senior Management
  • Todd C Zion, PhD, Pres. & CEO
    Alan Watson, PhD, VP, Bus. Dev.
    Thomas M Lancaster, PhD, VP, R&D
  • Contact Info
  • SmartCells Inc.
    Phone: (978) 927-4246
    100 Cummings Ctr., Ste. 419E
    Beverly, MA 01915