Vera Therapeutics


At Vera Therapeutics, we believe treating symptoms is not enough. Our approach targets the source of disease to enable possibilities for new treatments that transform patients’ lives.

A clinical trial is underway to explore a treatment that targets the source of IgA nephropathy (IgAN):

ORIGIN 3 is a Phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate atacicept’s efficacy and safety in IgAN. Learn more

IgAN patients speak

Currently, up to 50% of IgAN patients progress to end-stage renal disease within 20 years of diagnosis, often requiring dialysis or kidney transplant and severely restricting quality of life and longevity. Here are the stories of four courageous individuals with IgAN.

What is it like to live with IgAN?

Listen to Liz’s story

IgA Nephropathy has reframed my life—entirely.

At 22 years old, while going to college and working full-time, I noticed black spots in my vision. When I went to the doctor he told me it was likely just stress – but he reluctantly agreed to run some tests. The next morning, he called and told me to go to the emergency room immediately.“

“The doctors told my parents and me that there was no cure, no proven treatment and that this disease would likely lead to kidney failure. I felt completely overwhelmed and also confused.”


“Living with IgA Nephropathy is a game-changer, and it will impact everything from what you eat to how you feel mentally every day. We need to move the needle to find a cure and a treatment for this disease.”


“When I was diagnosed, I was terrified. I was young so I did not really know what was going on, besides the fact that I am sick, and I am not going to get better. All I really remember is being scared and seeing my parents so scared and hurting.”


BK Virus caregiver speaks

Although dormant in most patients with healthy immune systems, BK Virus can flare up after kidney and stem cell transplants, causing serious complications. Currently there are no approved treatments available. Here is one caregiver’s story.


Three years after Claire Flores donated a kidney to her husband, a BK Virus infection took his life. Her story illustrates the urgent need for effective treatments for BK Virus, which is a common cause of kidney transplant loss.

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