Xenon Pharmaceuticals

Xenon has big plans for the challenging field of gene therapy

Leadership:
Simon Pimstone
Founded:
1996
Patent score:
15
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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

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