Underwriter Acceleration Request

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

383 Madison Avenue

New York, New York 10179

Jefferies LLC

520 Madison Avenue

New York, New York 10022

Barclays Capital Inc.

745 Seventh Avenue

New York, New York 10019

February 3, 2020


U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Division of Corporation Finance

100 F Street, N.E.

Washington, D.C. 20549



Beam Therapeutics Inc.

Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-233985)

Request for Acceleration of Effective Date

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In accordance with Rule 461 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), we, as representatives of the several underwriters, hereby join in the request of Beam Therapeutics Inc. (the “Company”) for acceleration of the effective date of the above-named Registration Statement so that it becomes effective at 4:00 PM, Eastern Time, on February 5, 2020, or as soon thereafter as practicable, or at such other time as the Company or its outside counsel, Ropes & Gray LLP, request by telephone that such Registration Statement be declared effective.

Pursuant to Rule 460 under the Act, we, as representatives of the several underwriters, wish to advise you that approximately 1,880 copies of the Preliminary Prospectus included in the above-named Registration Statement, as amended, were distributed during the period from January 27, 2020 through the date hereof, to prospective underwriters, institutions, dealers and others.

We, the undersigned, as representatives of the several underwriters, have complied and will comply, and we have been informed by the participating underwriters that they have complied and will comply, with the requirements of Rule 15c2-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

Very truly yours,

Acting severally on behalf of themselves and the

several underwriters

By:   /s/ David Ke
  Name: David Ke
  Title: Executive Director
By:   /s/ Dustin Tyner
  Name: Dustin Tyner
  Title: Managing Director
By:   /s/ Victoria Hale
  Name: Victoria Hale
  Title: Vice President

[Signature Page to Underwriters’ Acceleration Request]