Senti Bio Announces Closing of Transaction Leveraging its CMC Capabilities into a Cell and Gene Therapy Manufacturing Innovation Business Backed by Celadon Partners

– Celadon Partners to acquire Senti’s manufacturing facility and CMC capabilities to establish GeneFab, an independent manufacturing business for cell and gene therapies –

– Transaction anticipated to extend Senti Bio’s cash runway into Q4 2024 –

– Partnership with GeneFab will support manufacturing of Senti’s oncology programs, including SENTI-202, which remains on track for IND in 2H 2023 –

– Dr. Philip Lee steps down as CTO of Senti Bio and becomes CEO of GeneFab –

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Senti Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNTI) (“Senti Bio”), a biotechnology company developing a new generation of cell and gene therapies for patients living with incurable diseases using its proprietary Gene Circuit platform, and Celadon Partners, LLC (“Celadon Partners”), a private equity firm, today announced a transaction involving GeneFab, LLC (“GeneFab”), a new independent contract manufacturing and synthetic biology biofoundry focused on next-generation cell and gene therapies backed by Celadon Partners.

In connection with the transaction, subject to satisfaction of certain conditions, Senti Bio is eligible to receive approximately $38 million in cash before the end of 2025. Approximately $18.9 million was due at closing, which was netted against an $18.9 million advance payment owed by Senti Bio to GeneFab for future manufacturing and support services. The remaining $18.9 million, subject to satisfaction of certain conditions, will be paid to Senti Bio in installments in 2024 and 2025. In addition, Senti Bio will receive $8 million in manufacturing credit, and will sublease its recently constructed 92,000 square foot current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) facility in Alameda, CA to GeneFab (a portion of which will be subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions). With the additional non-dilutive capital and reduction of longer-term operating expenses, Senti Bio now believes its cash runway should extend into the fourth quarter of 2024.

This transaction will enhance Senti Bio’s focus on advancing its oncology programs into the clinic, and also enable GeneFab to support the manufacturing of a broad range of genetic medicines. GeneFab will conduct the clinical manufacturing of Senti Bio’s chimeric antigen receptor natural killer (CAR-NK) medicines pipeline, including SENTI-202, through a service contract with Senti Bio. Senti Bio remains on track for its SENTI-202 Investigational New Drug (IND) in the second half of 2023.

Senti Bio expects a seamless technology transfer to GeneFab to support its clinical manufacturing needs. Simultaneous with this transaction, Philip Lee, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Senti Bio will depart from his position at Senti Bio and assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of GeneFab. Additionally, approximately 35% of Senti Bio’s employees, which include experts in cell therapy chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC), synthetic biology, and Gene Circuit development will transition from Senti Bio to GeneFab. GeneFab will retain these employees at the Alameda cGMP site, as well as additional Senti Bio personnel, as part of the agreement.

“High-quality manufacturing remains one of our most important priorities as we advance our pipeline towards the clinic,” said Timothy Lu, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Senti Bio. “This transaction gives us ongoing access to the people, manufacturing technology, and facilities necessary to support Senti as a leader in Gene-Circuit enhanced cell therapies. Further, the non-dilutive capital and cost savings are instrumental in extending our cash runway to deliver on our future milestones.”

Dr. Lu continued, “I also want to thank Philip for all that he has done for Senti. When we launched the company together, Philip and I set out on a path to transform cell and gene therapies with Gene Circuit technologies. I look forward to continuing to work with Philip, as a trusted friend and supporter, and now as a business partner, as well as the rest of the GeneFab team to advance Senti’s programs towards the clinic.”

“GeneFab represents an exciting step forward in the acceleration of the design, development, and manufacturing of innovative genetic medicines. This transaction gives us the opportunity to build on the synthetic biology and manufacturing expertise we have accumulated over the last several years, and provide these highly specialized services to a wide range of cell and gene therapy companies,” said Philip Lee, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of GeneFab. “Ever since Senti Bio was formed, it has pioneered the development of innovative Gene Circuits and cell therapies for oncology. GeneFab is energized to support Senti in its mission to bring its novel Gene Circuit medicines to patients.”

“Celadon Partners has been an active investor in supply chain transformation, and I am very excited about GeneFab leading the redesign of the biomanufacturing supply chain,” said Donald Tang, Managing Partner at Celadon Partners. “GeneFab will enable innovators such as Senti Bio to focus capital on delivering future milestones, while outsourcing the complex design and manufacturing processes to a highly specialized and engaged service provider. We have followed Senti Bio’s journey since the beginning and are excited to continue supporting Senti Bio as a client of GeneFab.”

About Senti Bio
Senti Biosciences is a biotechnology company developing a new generation of cell and gene therapies for patients living with incurable diseases. To achieve this, Senti Bio is leveraging a synthetic biology platform called Gene Circuits to create therapies with enhanced precision and control. These Gene Circuits are designed to precisely kill cancer cells, spare healthy cells, increase specificity to target cells and control the expression of drugs even after administration. Senti Bio’s wholly-owned pipeline utilizes off-the-shelf chimeric antigen receptor natural killer (CAR-NK) cells, outfitted with Gene Circuits, to target challenging liquid and solid tumor indications. Senti Bio has also preclinically demonstrated the potential breadth of Gene Circuits in other modalities and in diseases outside of oncology, and continues to advance these capabilities through partnerships with Spark Therapeutics and BlueRock Therapeutics.

About GeneFab
GeneFab is a contract manufacturing and synthetic biology biofoundry focused on cell and gene therapies. GeneFab was formed in 2023 with a vision to combine industry-leading expertise in synthetic biology with advanced cGMP capabilities in order to accelerate the development and commercialization of genetic medicines. GeneFab offers its customers an extensive technology platform and know-how that spans early-stage product design, technical development, and cGMP compliant production. GeneFab's technology platform includes bioinformatics-guided discovery of cell-type-specific promoters, directed evolution of small molecule-regulated gene switches, and the engineering of highly sensitive kill switches for enhanced safety and control of cellular therapies. For more information, visit

About Celadon Partners
Founded in 2018, Celadon Partners is a private equity firm focused on investments in traditional industries ready to adopt transformative technology to upgrade business models and unlock fundamental value. With approximately US$1 billion of assets under management, Celadon Partners primarily invests across the industrial, healthcare, consumer and business services sectors and provides portfolio companies with strategic, capital markets and operational expertise as long-term, partnership-oriented investors. For more information, visit

Cooley LLP and Goodwin Procter LLP are serving as legal advisors to Senti Bio. Morrison & Foerster LLP is serving as legal advisor to Celadon Partners and GeneFab.

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