Vera Therapeutics

Our Company

Our mission is to change the standard of care for patients with immunologic diseases. We are developing multiple novel biologic molecules toward this end.

Our lead clinical candidate is atacicept:

  • A fusion protein that acts as an inhibitor of B cells and plasma cells, the cells that can produce disease causing antibodies.
  • In a Ph2b clinical trial, the ORIGIN study, for IgA nephropathy (IgAN), an autoimmune disease that leads to kidney failure – for which no disease-modifying treatment is currently available.
  • Initiating a Ph 3 clinical trial in Lupus Nephritis (LN), a severe kidney manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
  • Target profile: self-administered subcutaneously once per week.

We are also advancing MAU868:

  • A monoclonal antibody that neutralizes infection by blocking BKV virion binding to host cells.
  • In a Ph2 clinical trial for treatment of BK viremia in kidney transplant patients.
  • No BK-specific treatment currently available.
  • Target profile: monthly IV administration.

Our Values

Our values are the cornerstone of our culture. Our values inspire us every day and guide everything we do—from how we hire great people, to advancing our mission together, and to achieving our ultimate goal to improve medical treatment for patients suffering from immunological diseases.


  • Accountability to each other and our stakeholders is core to our success
  • Through organizational clarity – and responsibility for our objectives and key results – we commit to the important work of translating science into medicine


  • Developing new medicines depends on highly effective teamwork, where each individual brings a unique skill set and perspective.
  • We are unified by our mission and are aligned to optimize our resources and advance our mission.


  • By sharing empathy with our patients and by understanding their needs, we aspire to improve standard of care with our new medicines.
  • Patients are the reason for Vera’s existence, we strive to earn and maintain the trust of the patients we serve.

Our Team

Marshall Fordyce, MD

CEO and Founder

Celia Lin, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Lauren Frenz, MBA

Chief Business Officer

Joanne Curley, PhD

Chief Development Officer

Sean Grant, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Tom Doan

SVP, Development Operations

Joe Young, MBA

Chief Accounting Officer

Board of Directors

Michael M. Morrissey, PhD

President and CEO

Andrew Cheng, MD, PhD

President and CEO
Akero Therapeutics

Beth Seidenberg, MD

General Partner
Kleiner Perkins

Maha Katabi, PhD, CFA

General Partner
Sofinnova Investments

Patrick Enright, MBA

Managing Director
Longitude Capital

Scott Morrison

Former Partner and US Life Sciences Leader

Marshall Fordyce, MD

President and CEO
Vera Therapeutics

Kimball Hall

President and COO