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Guardian Bio

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Train your body to kill cancer.

Your immune system is your body’s best weapon and defense against cancer. It is only when it is overcome that cancer develops into full blown disease. Dendritic cells sit at the helm of the immune system, directing and dictating immune responses. Data has shown dendritic cells are often dysfunctional in cancer patients, and that this dysfunction is a bottleneck for other therapies. Guardian Bio’s approach is focused on creating a product which drives anti-tumor activity through eliciting a diverse and targeted immune response. We take stem cells from cancer patients, turn them into dendritic cells specially trained against that patient’s tumor, and re-introduce them back into the body. This will revitalize the immune system and give it the kickstart it needs to fight - and win - against cancer.

Guardian Bio
Founded:2022
Team Size:2
Location:Boston

Active Founders

Ricky Barrett

Co-founder and VP of R&D at Guardian Bio. Ricky started his career as a marine biologist and research diver at FAU with a focus on marine natural products and drug discovery. He pursued a PhD at UCF, focused on immunology followed by a postdoc in cancer immunology and tumor microenvironment at the University of Pennsylvania. Ricky is a prolific science communicator creating educational science content for an audience of over a quarter million followers across various social media platforms.

Ricky Barrett
Ricky Barrett
Guardian Bio

Ananya Zutshi

Ananya is Co-Founder and CEO of Guardian Bio, a company which will train your body to kill cancer through dendritic cell-based therapies. She has a Bachelors in Science in Engineering from Duke and Masters in Engineering and MBA from Harvard. Her experiences span across the pharma/biotech industry in operations, engineering, project management, and early stage investing. She is passionate about delivering better therapies for patients and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Ananya Zutshi
Ananya Zutshi
Guardian Bio