Empire Biotechnologies

Our Focus

Empire Biotechnologies is developing an orally delivered, protein therapeutic called Mfge8 to treat diseases of malabsorption. Our long-term vision is a therapy for the millions suffering from malabsorption resulting from diseases and syndromes such as: Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS), Necrotizing enterocolitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Wasting syndrome, and infant prematurity.
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the mfge8 solution

Empire Biotechnologies is developing an orally delivered, therapeutic protein (Mfge8) capable of significantly increasing the absorption of nutrients in the intestine. This endogenous integrin ligand is found highly concentrated in breast milk. Mfge8 works two-fold by increasing fat uptake directly in intestinal epithelial cells, while simultaneously slowing gastric motility. Because of these two complementary mechanisms of action, this protein promises to be highly effective in treating malabsorption


Donald McCarthy, PhD

Co-Founder, CEO
Dr. McCarthy holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry. He is a former postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Atabai’s lab and a leading expert in the space. Dr. McCarthy has previously worked with multiple biotech VC’s and co-founded the biotech equity research firm AMP Biotech Research.

Piero Mendez

Co-Founder, CFO
Mr. Mendez graduated with a B.S in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He has founded multiple startups and has experience with early stage financing in the healthcare industry.

Ted Daley, MBA

Mr. Daley is a seasoned biotechnology executive with over 10 years of experience in orphan drug development. Most recently, Mr. Daley was President and CBO of Raptor Pharmaceuticals where he helped build the company from a preclinical startup to a publicly traded company.

Kamran Atabai, MD

Scientific Advisor
Dr. Atabai is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and a foremost expert in mfge8 biology. Dr. Atabai is the inventor of the technology and has published extensively on the subject.


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