On February 28, 2017 Invenra, Inc., a pre-clinical stage bio-pharmaceutical company focused on next-generation therapeutic human antibodies, bispecifics and antibody derivatives, and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute ("QIMR Berghofer"), one of Australia’s largest, fully integrated biomedical research and development centres reported a collaboration to identify and characterize a panel of fully human therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against a novel target that QIMR Berghofer has identified. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed (Press release, Invenra, FEB 28, 2017, View Source [SID1234570589]).
Invenra’s proprietary platform is based on ultra-high throughput technology allowing function forward screening of full-length antibodies using Invenra’s mAbSeq technology, where antibodies can be directly and quickly interrogated in a multi-plexed fashion with a diverse set of immunotypic and biologically relevant assays. The Invenra technology allows rapid identification of high affinity mAbs with the broadest epitope coverage possible while simultaneously performing direct phenotypic screening to isolate those mAbs with the most relevant biological activity, thus leading to the election of the best lead compounds for further development.
QIMR Berghofer’s Director and CEO, Professor Frank Gannon, said, "We welcome this collaboration and look forward to working with the team at Invenra to advance the characterization and development of novel, effective cancer therapies. At QIMR Berghofer we are strongly committed to translating our research into new and better treatments, diagnostics and prevention strategies."
Roland Green, CEO and president of Invenra, said, "This collaboration is a significant milestone for Invenra as a company and another validation of our innovative technology. We are delighted to be collaborating with the outstanding team at QIMR Berghofer to identify best-in-class antibodies against their novel target. In addition, this collaboration with QIMR Berghofer fits well within our business model, whereby we are partnering with a select group of organizations while continuing to develop our own internal proprietary pipeline of therapeutic product candidates."