Saniona’s clinical trials have not been significantly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We have licensed some of our technologies to third parties, and their development efforts have been and may continue to be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There are still uncertainties with regard to the continued spread of COVID-19, including the identification of new variants of the virus and its implications, and we will continue to assess the situation and seek to put in place relevant mitigating measures where necessary.
Although we believe we have implemented strategies to potentially minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to our business, including following local recommendations regarding COVID-19 safety, we may experience delays with respect to the initiation of certain additional trials or receipt of any governmental or regulatory approvals. The extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the timing of these matters will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, such as the ultimate geographic spread of the disease, the identification of new variants of the virus, the duration of the pandemic, any restrictions on the ability of hospitals and trial sites to conduct trials that are not designed to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the perceived effectiveness of actions taken in the United States and other countries to contain and treat the disease. We will continue to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to our business.
Our efforts to optimize Saniona’s investor communication are ongoing. Some improvements that we have already made to provide greater transparency, information and service for our investors include: switching the provider of ownership data on the website, implementing a system to triage and respond to investor inquiries, conducting an investor monitor/survey to understand investor perceptions, adding detail to the analyst coverage page on the website, creating this FAQ document, and enhancing our interaction with analysts and media to provide greater visibility for Saniona. During the first half of 2021 we launched a new website with updated design and layout and in May 2021 we held a digital R&D Day. We look forward to continuing these and other improvements - such as further enhancing our analyst and media communications, and additional initiatives - all in order to better highlight and communicate Saniona’s business strategy and investment case. We are committed to controlling the things we can control and ultimately bringing medicines to patients who need them.
Our strategy is to discover, develop and commercialize innovative treatments for patients suffering from rare diseases around the world. We intend to achieve this initially by advancing our lead asset, Tesomet, for HO and PWS, and our ion channel modulators, SAN711 and SAN903, for rare neuropathic and rare inflammatory, fibrotic and hematological disorders, respectively. We also intend to utilize our ion channel drug discovery engine to identify additional novel assets for new indications, with a focus on rare diseases for which there are currently no FDA-approved treatment options or those for which there remains significant unmet medical need.