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Aaron Pelta, MBA
Senior Vice President, Corporate Business Development

Aaron Pelta, MBA is Senior Vice President of Corporate Business Development at Morphic, where he is responsible for external partnering, portfolio strategy, and commercial planning. Most recently Aaron served as VP Business Development at Arsanis, a clinical stage infectious disease company, where he was a key member of the executive leadership team that completed a private financing round, IPO, and reverse merger. Prior to this role, Aaron severed in various senior leadership roles at Shire, AMAG and Cubist Pharmaceuticals. Over his twenty-year career, Aaron has led the execution of multiple buy and sell side BD transactions, including public-public M&A, covering research to commercial stage assets. His commercial experience spans commercial forecasting and analytics through in-line brand management. Aaron received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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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.