Altay Biopharma
About us
The Science
About us

Altay Therapeutics discovers novel small molecule drugs targeting disease-causing transcription factors

Robust Platform and screening approach:
Our novel approach enables the identification of new small molecule binding sites within previously undruggable transcription factors. Using a combination of genetics and molecular simulation, we developed a robust approach to find new small molecule binding pockets. Using this data, we develop potent small molecules with exceptional drug-like properties. 

Preclinical findings:
Our small molecules have shown exceptional results in several animal models for IPF, NASH and Ewing's Sarcoma.

The Science

Altay develops small molecule drugs that inhibit disease-causing transcription factors (TFs). Our platform, enables us to identify inhibitors against TF's across many therapeutic areas. Our mechanism of inhibition enables us to drug  "undruggable" proteins giving us a leading advantage over our competitors.


Our pre-clinical studies with our current lead candidate for the treatment of Ewing's Sarcoma show great efficacy in vivo and specificity to ETS-driven cancers with no toxicity in non-ETS driven cells. 

Our pre-clinical studies with our current lead for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis show great in vivo efficacy where we demonstrate both prevention and reversal of collagen deposition in the lung.

Using our platform technology we have identified the first-in-class inhibitor of DUX4. We are in discussions with several institutions for potential partnership and collaborations.



Ali Rayet Ozes. PhD.

Founder and CEO

  * Lead scientist. Mechanism of small molecules for oncology program - Nalo Therapeutics

  * Post-doctoral Researcher - Janssen Biopharma

  * University of California, Davis (B.S.)

  * Indiana University, Bloomington (PhD.) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Osman Nidai Ozes. PhD.

Founder and CSO

  * Professor of Genetics. Mechanism of inflammatory response in cancer - Akdeniz University

  * Director of Research. Lead of Esbriet IPF program- Intermune Inc.

  * Haccettepe University, Ankara (B.S and M.S.)

  * Indiana University, Bloomiongton (PhD) Immunology

Scientific Advisors

Lee Latimer. PhD.

Medicinal Chemistry-Consultant

* Board of Directors, director-at-large - American Chemical Society (2016-2018)

* Senior Director, Process and Analytical Chemistry - Elan Inc. (1995-2011)

* University of Wisconsin (PhD.)

Kamran Atabai. MD.

Fibrosis Expert

* Associate Professor of Medicine - University of California San Francisco

* Fellowship - Pulmonary and Critical care - Harvard

* Residency - School of Medicine - University of California San Francisco

Paul Wolters. MD.

Fibrosis Expert

* Professor - University of California San Francisco

* Director - UCSF Interstitial Lung Disease Program

* Residency - University of Colorado

Aykut Uren. MD.

Ewing's Sarcoma Expert

* Professor - Georgetown University

* Assistant Director, Genomics and Epigenomics Shared Resource Advisory Committee

* Residency - Hacettepe University, Ankara


Altay is located at the Bayer Colaborator in San Francisco Mission Bay.

For more information please contact us:


455 Mission Bay

Boulevard South

San Francisco, CA 94158


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Altay is awarded grant from Friends of FSHD!

May 2021

We are delighted to share that Altay Therapeutics Inc. was awarded a grant from the Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) foundation to implement our platform for the discovery of small molecule inhibitors targeting transcription factor, DUX4. Research has demonstrated that upregulated expression of DUX4 leads to muscle cell death in patients suffering from FSHD. Therefore, successful inhibition of DUX4 with small molecules will further prevent muscle death leading to a better quality of life. We are honored to be in this fight with the friends of FSHD.

Altay is accepted into Y-Combinator's Winter 2020 class!

January 2020

We are delighted to share with you that Altay Therapeutics Inc. was accepted into Y-combinator's Winter 2020 program to develop our platform technology and our fibrosis program!

Altay is now part of Bayer Collaborator!

December 2020

We are excited to announce that Altay's Therapeutics Inc. new home will be at Bayer Collaborator in San Francisco Mission Bay!