NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – MyoKardia, a San Francisco-based drug startup, has been launched with $38 million in Series A financing from Third Rock Ventures.

The firm is taking a genetically targeted approach to drug development, using a proprietary drug discovery platform that combines advances in cardiovascular genomics and heart muscle biology research. According to the firm, its approach will "leverage resident expertise in sarcomere genetics, in vivo and in vitro disease models, next-generation biochemical and biophysical assay development, and medicinal chemistry."

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