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Antibody Network partners with Celgene to develop cancer therapies

A new collaboration between Celgene Corp. and the Recombinant Antibody Network (RAN) will support the development of next-generation, antibody-based cancer therapies. The RAN is a consortium comprising researchers from the UCSF School of Pharmacy (UCSF Antibiome Center), the University of Chicago, and the University of Toronto.

In this first industry partnership for the RAN, Celgene agreed to pay $25 million for the option to enter into future license agreements to develop and commercialize promising therapeutic antibodies to cancer-related targets.

“The RAN consortium has developed an automated antibody-engineering pipeline that enables high-throughput generation and validation of high-performance recombinant antibodies, at an unprecedented scale,” James Wells, PhD, a founding member of the RAN and chair of the School’s Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, which houses the Antibiome Center.

“This is a unique opportunity to partner with a top biopharmaceutical company to exploit these capabilities on extracellular targets in the discovery and development of new therapies for treating cancer,” said Wells.

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Antibody Network Partners with Celgene for Cancer Therapies


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