Chinook is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering, developing and commercializing precision medicines for rare, severe chronic kidney diseases.

Chronic kidney diseases are a severe and growing worldwide problem with a lack of effective treatments often leading to dialysis, transplantation, and high costs to health care systems. In the U.S. alone, kidney diseases affect an estimated 37 million people and account for over $120 billion in annual costs.

Drug development in kidney diseases is experiencing a resurgence due to greater understanding of disease biology, utilization of novel translational platforms and patient stratification tools, and emergence of accelerated regulatory pathways based on surrogate endpoints. These dynamics have converged to create attractive opportunities for the development of precision therapies.

At Chinook, we are focused on rare, severe chronic kidney diseases with well-defined clinical pathways. Our lead clinical program, atrasentan, is an endothelin receptor antagonist that was in-licensed from AbbVie in 2019. We plan to initiate a phase 3 trial (ALIGN) of atrasentan for IgA Nephropathy in early 2021, as well as a phase 2 basket trial (AFFINITY) for primary glomerular diseases during the first half of 2021. BION-1301, an investigational anti-APRIL monoclonal antibody, is being evaluated in a Phase 1b trial for IgA Nephropathy. We are also advancing an internal program, CHK-336, for the treatment of Primary Hyperoxaluria towards a planned IND submission in 2021. In addition, we are conducting research programs in polycystic kidney disease and other rare, severe chronic kidney diseases. We seek to build our pipeline by leveraging insights in single cell RNA sequencing of patient kidney samples, human-derived organoids and new translational models in order to discover and develop therapeutics with mechanisms of action targeted against key kidney disease pathways.

Our Purpose & Values

We discover and develop precision therapies to preserve kidney function and make dialysis and transplant unnecessary for people living with kidney disease.


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Eric Dobmeier
President and Chief Executive Officer

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Eric Bjerkholt
Chief Financial Officer

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Tom Frohlich
Chief Business Officer

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Alan Glicklich, MD
Chief Medical Officer

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Jodi Jamieson
VP, Human Resources

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Andrew King, DVM, PhD
Head of Renal Discovery and Translational Medicine

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Renata Oballa, PhD
VP, Research Operations and Vancouver Site Head

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Kirk Schumacher, JD

Board of Directors

Eric Dobmeier
President and CEO

Srini Akkaraju

Jerel Davis
Lead Director

Michelle Griffin

Ross Haghighat

Dolca Thomas