The VC funding from Third Rock Ventures to the Boston/Cambridge based company is reported to be the largest early-stage funding for a New England life sciences start-up.
What makes this exciting news? First it adds to the growing reputation of Boston/Cambridge as a hot-spot for cancer research. Blueprint Medicines will be focused on translational medicine and the development of new kinase inhibitors for the treatment of cancer.
Secondly, it confirms what is taught at business school, that investors back management expertise and their belief in the entrepreneurs ability to execute. In the case of Blueprint Medicines the scientific co-founders are Dr Nicholas Lyndon and Dr Brian Druker, who were instrumental in the development of imatinib (Gleevec/Glivec), a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that revolutionized the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).
Blueprint Medicines is a company to watch for the future and Biotech Strategy Blog wishes it well in the quest for personalized medicine and more effective cancer treatments.
The launch of the company in Boston/Cambridge adds to my view that Boston is emerging as the premier biotech region on the East Coast for start-ups interested in oncology and translational medicine.