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Seraphina launches with new fatty acid

by Melody M. Bomgardner
May 21, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 20

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Credit: Seraphina Therapeutics
Pentadecanoic acid is a newly discovered saturated fatty acid found in food. 


Seraphina Therapeutics has raised $5.5 million in a first funding round, led by Domain Associates, to advance dietary supplements and food fortifiers made from pentadecanoic acid, a trace odd-chain saturated fatty acid found in butter and some fish and plants. The California-based firm claims that the acid, also called C15:0, is potentially essential to cardiometabolic and liver health. C15:0 was discovered by Stephanie Venn-Watson, Seraphina’s CEO. The company plans to launch C15:0 supplements this fall.

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