Strand empowers patients to take control of their lives. Strand was co-founded by MIT biological engineers, building on the idea of creating smart therapies capable of making autonomous decisions. While traditional gene therapies lacked control, the synthetic biology team at MIT built the world’s first mRNA “programming language,” creating the only platform of its kind for advanced mRNA smart therapeutics.


Interdisciplinary Approach

Strand employees' expertise in synthetic biology, immunology, machine learning, advanced computation, and molecular biology contributes to a cross-pollinating research environment where the sum of the skills is exponentially more advanced than any one in isolation.

Attacking Disease at the Source

Strand’s genome engineering pipeline targets the root causes of genetic disease with the power to control editing at a single cell level of specificity, building therapies that don’t just treat the symptoms, but rather repair the underlying biological dysfunction.

Harnessing the Greatest Therapy: Yourself

Rather than fight disease directly, Strand’s immunotherapies harness the power of the immune system, the greatest drug ever made, to form long-lasting, curative responses to deadly diseases.

First-in-Class Gene Circuits

We incorporate a novel gene circuit technology developed at the MIT Synthetic Biology Center to create autonomous therapeutics which can survey their surrounding environment and respond to recognized threats and biological signatures.

Power to the Platform

Strand’s technology is widely applicable to any and all gene therapy approaches, making it a powerful platform for targeted controlled expression of biologics such as engineered proteins and targeted antibody therapies.

Synthetic Biology

Building on biology’s inherent ability to sense and respond to the surroundings, we seek to reprogram natural genetic sequences into breakthrough therapeutics. Much like a car with no steering or brakes, early gene therapies with no control must move past these early methods to programmed architectures.




Jake Becraft, Ph.D.

CEO, Co-founder

Tasuku Kitada, Ph.D.

President, Head of R&D, Co-founder

Prof. Darrell J. Irvine, Ph.D.

Scientific Co-founder

Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Biological Engineering, MIT

Prof. Ron Weiss, Ph.D.

Scientific Co-founder

Professor of Biological Engineering, MIT

Prof. K. Dane Wittrup, Ph.D.

Scientific Advisor

Prof. Darrell J. Irvine, Ph.D.

Scientific Co-founder

Prof. Ron Weiss, Ph.D.

Scientific Co-founder


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Strand Therapeutics is an early-stage biotechnology company genetically programming mRNA to deliver truly revolutionary therapies to improve the lives of patients. Strand is looking to build a team that understands the value of working at a startup. Joining the company now means having vast opportunities to learn and grow including having the exposure to all aspects of building a company. We are looking for people who have the enthusiasm and motivation to be a highly contributing member of a small team. If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you!

Open Positions:
a. Director, Preclinical Development
Scientist, Ex Vivo and In Vitro Oncology
c. Applications for Future Consideration

Please email your CV and cover letter to to apply.

Strand Therapeutics is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis protected by applicable law. Strand does not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from candidates.