Company Profile

Xenon Pharmaceuticals

Xenon has big plans for the challenging field of gene therapy

Xenon Pharmaceuticals founder and CEO Simon Pimstone.
Simon Pimstone
Year Founded
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020
Company Description

Xenon Pharmaceuticals tries to help humans get better, from the genes up. The Burnaby, British Columbia–based company, co-founded by CEO Simon Pimstone in 1996, uses a proprietary platform to develop potential gene therapies for conditions ranging from epilepsy to pimples. It's an ambitious, sometimes frustrating mandate--the company recently killed its acne treatment after two years of tests--but Xenon's innovations remain in high demand from pharma peers like Teva and Genentech, for which Xenon is developing pain-relief drugs. --Helaine Olen