About Us

Strand was started by biological engineers working together at MIT. Building on the idea of creating smart therapies that are capable of making sophisticated decisions, they sought to apply the concept to the emerging field of mRNA therapeutics. This area was untapped by traditional synthetic biology, which led them to build their own mRNA “programming language,” creating the world’s first platform for mRNA smart therapies.

Strand’s mRNA programming technology promises to make mRNA therapies safer and more effective by programming the location, timing, and intensity of therapeutic protein expression inside a patient’s body using mRNA-encoded logic circuits. These circuits can implement cell-type specific expression by sensing and classifying the unique miRNA expression signatures of cells, as well as controlling the dosage of protein expression by responding to exogenously administered small molecules.

Meet Our Team

Jake Becraft
Jake BecraftCo-founder
  • Biotech VC consultant
  • Co-invented Strand’s technology at MIT
Tasuku Kitada, Ph.D.
Tasuku Kitada, Ph.D.Co-founder
  • Former buy-side biotech analyst
  • Co-invented Strand’s technology at MIT
Prof. Darrell J. Irvine, Ph.D.
Prof. Darrell J. Irvine, Ph.D.Scientific Co-founder
  • Immunotherapy materials science professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Co-invented Strand’s technology at MIT
Prof. Ron Weiss, Ph.D.
Prof. Ron Weiss, Ph.D.Scientific Co-founder
  • Synthetic biology professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Co-invented Strand’s technology at MIT


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

Please email your CV and cover letter to careers@strandtx.com 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.

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