Vaccinex is excited to partner with Catalent Biologics to develop this novel antibody-drug conjugate for the treatment of cancer. We feel that by combining an ActivMAb antibody with Catalent’s SMARTag conjugation technology, we can generate a unique, differentiated molecule.
SOMERSET, N.J. and ROCHESTER, N.Y. (PRWEB)
November 30, 2017
Catalent Pharma Solutions, the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, and Vaccinex, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company engaged in the discovery and development of human therapeutic monoclonal antibodies and other targeted biological therapies, today announced an agreement to develop an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) using Catalent’s proprietary SMARTag® conjugation platform and GPEx® cell line engineering technologies, and Vaccinex’s proprietary ActivMAb® technology. The collaboration will focus on developing the ADC against an undisclosed cancer target.
Catalent and Vaccinex will evaluate the ADC in various preclinical models and move it into cell line and process development, utilizing Catalent’s proprietary GPEx technology and development and manufacturing capabilities at its state-of-the-art Madison, Wisconsin facility.
“Vaccinex is excited to partner with Catalent Biologics to develop this novel antibody-drug conjugate for the treatment of cancer. We feel that by combining an ActivMAb antibody with Catalent’s SMARTag conjugation technology, we can generate a unique, differentiated molecule to treat cancers overexpressing this particular target,” commented Raymond E. Watkins, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Vaccinex.
“We are delighted to partner with an innovative company like Vaccinex to develop a product that has the potential to deliver better outcomes for patients,” added Mike Riley, Vice President & General Manager of Catalent Biologics. “The opportunity to leverage these complementary technology platforms provides great promise to produce a differentiated ADC product.”
Catalent’s proprietary SMARTag site-specific protein-modification and linker technologies were developed to enable the generation of homogenous bioconjugates engineered to enhance potency, safety and stability. The technology…