Our Story If you Dare to Beam, anything is possibleBeam Therapeutics was founded by David R. Liu, Feng Zhang and J. Keith Joung, scientific pioneers in CRISPR gene editing. Bringing together their passion, expertise, and determination to develop lifelong cures for patients suffering from serious diseases.
The History 1952 - 1994
X-ray diffraction of DNA.
Helical structure of DNA revealed
First rapid DNA sequencing techniques
Start of Human Genome Project
First programmed editing with I-SceI and HDR
Research and success: 2011-2019
Feng Zhang joins the Broad and McGovern institutes and goes on to develop genome editing tools for use in eukaryotic cells from natural microbial CRISPR systems.
CRISPR/Cas9 used for genome editing
J. Keith Joung collaborated on Genome editing technology using CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases that was named “Breakthrough of the Year” for 2015 by Science magazine
First DNA base editing paper demonstrating C-->T DNA base editing (CBE)
David R. Liu named one of four Breakthrough of the Year finalists by Science Magazine for work on Base Editing.
Formation and innovation: 2017-2019
Beam founded by David R. Liu, Feng Zhang and J. Keith Joung
The Beam Team launches
First paper demonstrating C-->U RNA base editing (RESCUE)
Investment and progress: 2019-Today
Beam secures $135 Million in Series B Financing
Prime editing first published
Beam launches Initial Public Offering
A LOOK INSIDE Our Culture
Fast-paced, empowering, hybrid and open: we’re proud of our unique culture.
Careers Rise to the Challenge
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Beam By The Numbers
- An inclusive team of 300+
- Across multiple locations
- Working on diverse therapeutic areas.
Cambridge, MA is home to our bio-tech hub, where we constantly innovate and challenge ourselves to break new ground. We are located at: 238 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142.
Research Triangle Park in North Carolina is home to our new manufacturing facility. We are located at: 10 Davis Drive, Durham, North Carolina 27709.