Gene Expression In Therapeutic R&D: Rick Young on The Long Run

Today’s guest on The Long Run is Richard A. Young.

Rick Young, professor, MIT, Whitehead Institute; co-founder, Syros Pharmaceuticals, CAMP4 Therapeutics, Omega Therapeutics, Dewpoint Therapeutics

Rick is a professor of biology at MIT and a core member of the Whitehead Institute dating back to its founding in the 1980s. Rick’s long and prolific research career has been dedicated to studying gene expression. He’s won a number of awards, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.

In the past decade, Rick’s work has increasingly captured the interest of scientific entrepreneurs seeking to translate these findings into new therapies.

He’s been involved in the formation and guidance of four companies in the Greater Boston area that we discussed today. They are Syros Pharmaceuticals, CAMP4 Therapeutics, Omega Therapeutics, and Dewpoint Therapeutics.

In this discussion, we talked about Rick’s journey in science, and the confluence of factors that make this such a time of possibility in biology and drug discovery. We walked through a brief description of each company and what it’s aiming to accomplish.


I will be in Cambridge, Mass. on Jan. 23 for “Bridging the Gap.” It’s an event organized by Soufiane Aboulhouda, a member of the Timmerman Traverse for Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. I’m moderating a conversation with Phil Sharp of MIT and Vicki Sato of Denali Therapeutics and VIR Biotechnology.

An outstanding lineup of scientists and entrepreneurs make this a can’t-miss event.

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Now, please join me and Rick Young on The Long Run.

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