executive team
Blaise Lippa, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Blaise Lippa, PhD is the Chief Scientific Officer at Morphic Therapeutic. Blaise previously served as Morphic’s Senior Vice President of Molecular Discovery and was part of the founding team at Morphic. Prior to this, Blaise was a Senior Director of Medicinal Chemistry at Cubist Pharmaceuticals for seven years until the company’s acquisition by Merck. There he led teams that advanced multiple compounds to the clinic and served on a development team that achieved an NDA. Blaise began his career at Pfizer nine years earlier, where he conducted advanced drug design in multiple therapeutic indications and initiated a project that led to the approved drug Daurismo (glasdegib) for leukemia. Blaise is an author of over 60 publications and patents. Blaise holds dual BSc degrees in chemistry and molecular biology from the University of Michigan, and a PhD from Stanford University.
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Integrin Partnership: Janssen

Morphic entered a research partnership with Janssen in 2019 to discover inhibitors of undisclosed integrin targets. In 2021, this partnership was expanded to include an antibody activator of an integrin target, extending the application of Morphic’s knowledge of integrin biology into modalities beyond small molecules. The antibody activator program is the focus of our collaboration with Janssen today.

Undisclosed Targets

Morphic is leveraging the MInT Platform to discover therapeutically relevant small molecule inhibitors of targets across the integrin family to treat autoimmune diseases, cancer and fibrotic diseases.

Undisclosed Target for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Morphic is deploying the MInT Platform to create small molecule inhibitors of an undisclosed integrin target for evaluation as a potential treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). PAH is a devastating, usually fatal disease characterized by elevated mean pressures in the pulmonary artery and associated with lung and heart dysfunction. Morphic’s PAH program is in preclinical development.


Morphic is developing small molecule inhibitors of the integrin αvβ8 through a combination immuno-oncology approach for the treatment of solid tumors as well as potential additional indications. αvβ8 is known to activate selective isoforms of TGF-β and Morphic has demonstrated that αvβ8 inhibition can potentiate immune checkpoint blockade and potentially drive responses in checkpoint refractory tumors. Morphic’s αvβ8 inhibitors are in preclinical development.

Next Gen α4β7 Inhibitors

Morphic is developing a family of next generation α4β7 small molecule inhibitors with enhanced attributes using the MInT Platform. These candidates have distinct chemical properties from our first-generation inhibitors with differentiated selectivity, potency, and pharmacokinetic profiles. Morphic’s next generation α4β7 inhibitors are currently in preclinical development.