Company Overview

Akashi Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is to develop treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other rare pediatric diseases. Akashi was founded by leading patient organizations and biotechnology industry veterans and is managed by a seasoned team of drug development experts. Akashi is developing a cocktail of medications with the goal of transforming Duchenne from a 100% fatal, aggressive muscle-wasting disease to a chronic, manageable condition.

The Name

Sixty years ago in the perilous waters of Japan’s Akashi Strait, two ferry boats collided and sank, killing 168 children. Public outcry over the tragedy inspired the government to accomplish something that had never been done before: build a strong passageway that could enable people to safely cross the notoriously treacherous waterway. The resulting Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge is, to this day, the longest and strongest suspension bridge in the world. Like the bridge whose name we borrow, we are building a bold new model—in our case, to span the chasm from promising science to safe and effective therapy. Our work is inspired by the tragic deaths of too many children at the hands of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Charley was diagnosed with Duchenne in 2004, when he was three years old. Today he’s a teenager who listens to extremely loud music and obsessively follows NBA and college basketball. He wants to be a lawyer when he grows up. Our goal at Akashi is to give him the chance to get there.

Charley: Basketball aficionado. Indie-rock fan. Foodie. Fashion-forward dresser. Aspiring lawyer.