Artery Therapeutics, Inc. (Artery), a biotechnology company headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, develops proprietary therapeutics for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Now Artery is applying its technical and metabolic know-how to developing treatments for diabetes-generated cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases.


Artery’s novel peptide library is derived from apolipoprotein E (ApoE). Our safe and effective peptides are designed to manipulate the ABCA1 (ATP-binding cassette) transporter, thereby altering cell membrane functionality and lipid composition.


The clinical candidate programs for neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes-generated cardiovascular disease are investigational new drug (IND) ready.





The ABCA1 transporter was discovered in 1999; the six trans-membrane ABCs transport lipids, ions, and drugs across extra- and intracellular membranes, affecting signal transduction, endo- and exocytosis, and vesicular trafficking with effects on several disease states.

Neurodegenerative Diseases
Alzheimer's Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, and Traumatic Brain Injury

ApoE4 is the strongest predictor of Alzheimer’s disease (AD); it is found in 60 percent of AD patients. Individuals with homozygous ApoE4 have a more than 20-fold increase in AD risk, and no treatment currently exists for ApoE4 AD. The lifetime risk of developing AD for those with homozygous ApoE4 is estimated to be 75 percent for women and 50 percent for men. The direct cost of AD to American society in 2015 was estimated to be more than $215 billion, and the cost is expected to grow to $1.2 trillion by 2050 (according to RAND, a nonprofit research organization). 


ApoE4 AD is characterized by increase in P-tau and amyloidβ42, neuron-synapse loss in hippocampus region of the brain, and by cognitive decline. Artery has shown in multiple laboratory and mice models that manipulating ABCA1 functionality with our proprietary ABCA1 agonists has the potential to counteract ApoE4-drien AD with regard to both brain phenotype expression and cognition. The ability of our ABCA1 agonists to prevent ApoE4 AD in animals has been shown beyond doubt. Ongoing studies will tell if existing ApoE4 AD can indeed be reversed by Artery's medicines. This mechanism for counteracting ApoE4-driven pathogenesis will also apply to patients with Lewy Body Dementia, and traumatic brain injury, and it may potentially apply to patients with other neurological diseases.

In human-ApoE4 target-replacement mice studies, Artery's Cogpep™ has been shown to: 

  • Prevent cognitive impairment

  • Decrease tau hyperphosphorylation

  • Decrease neuronal amyloidβ

  • Increase (VGLUT1) and neurogenesis

  • Increase ApoE receptor 2 (LRP8)

Artery has presented its scientific data orally and in poster abstracts, such as Society for Neuroscience, Alzheimer's Association International Conference, and Alzheimer’s Disease Parkinson’s Disease. Artery's first Alzheimer's disease peer-reviewed publication is now in print. The abstract can be found here!

Diabetes-generated Cardiovascular Disease

The primary funcations of Artery's Dipep™ are to stabilize atherosclerosis plaque, reduce atherosclerosis, and act against diabetes; all of these properties are found in one molecule. Dipep can be self-administered conveniently once weekly via subcutaneous injection. 


Diabetes is becoming an epidemic worldwide, and 80 percent of Type 2 diabetes mellitus patients die from heart disease. The current diabetes medicines have marginal, if any, effects in preventing cardiovascular disease. In addition, approximately 15 percent of diabetes mellitus patients suffer a second heart disease event within 12 month of the first event. According to American Diabetes Association the direct medical cost of treating diabetes mellitus exceed $175 billion per year in the US.

Multiple mice models show that Dipep:

  • Reduces atherosclerosis

  • Improves glucose tolerance

  • Increased insulin secreting and enhances insulin sensitization

  • Is weight neutral

  • Preserves pancreas β-cell

  • Has quick onset of action

Jan O. Johansson, MD, PhD
​President & CEO
He is a serial Biotech entrepreneur and has as founder and/or corporate officer helped take 3 companies’ public and raised more than $400M in private and public markets. Jan is trained as a basic scientist, practiced cardiovascular medicine for 18 years and has translational and development background with particular reference to cardiovascular technologies.


In the CVD space, Dr. Johansson has led basic research groups and clinical phase 1-3 programs; he was also responsible for an NDA/product registration (Omacor/Lovaza). He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, and more than 100 abstracts in the CVD area, and is the inventor of more than 30 patents. Jan enjoys long bike rides and cross country skiing.





Jonas Johansson
Business Officer
Jan's oldest son, Jonas is co-founder and business officer of Artery. He has a BA in Business Administration and a Masters certificate in Finance. Prior to joining Artery in 2004, he held an accounting position at Integrated Science Solutions, Inc. When Jonas is not working he enjoys spending time with his family and participating in recreational activities such as hiking and downhill skiing.

Johannes Johansson
Operations Officer
The younger of Jan's two sons, Johannes is an Artery co-founder and its operations officer. He graduated from UC San Diego  with a BA in Economics and maintains PMP (Project Management Professional Certification). Johannes is an avid golfer and enjoys traveling.

Board of Directors

​Jan O. Johansson, MD, PhD

Rich M. Collins, EMBA 

Collins was previously CFO and CEO of  SBC Pacific Bell subsidiaries.





Scientific Advisory Board

Artery's scientific advisory board consist of experts in the areas of peptide chemistry, neurology, biomarkers, and clinical-trial development.


Neuro Advisory Board

Bengt Winblad – MD, PhD. Translational and clinical AD expert, Karolinska Institute

Danny Michaelson – PhD. Neurology Research, Tel Aviv University

Henrik Zetterberg – MD, PhD. CSF and plasma biomarkers, University of Gothenburg

Jeffrey Cummings – MD, ScD. Clinical trial design, analysis and implementation expert


Metabolic Advisory Board

Anders G Olsson – MD, PhD. Clinical trialist and lipoprotein expert, Stockholm Heart Center

Greg Schwartz – MD, PhD. Clinical trialist and diabetes researcher, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System

Hans Jornvall – MD, PhD. Peptide chemist, Karolinska Institute: former member of the Nobel Assembly

Jerry Reaven (1928-2018) – MD. Diabetes legend, Stanford University


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