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8 July, 2020 - 11:38 By Tony Quested

Abcam antibody aces and CRUK target new cancer therapies

Cancer Research UK and Abcam plc in Cambridge have forged a potentially game-changing partnership designed to generate new therapies to fight the killer disease.

Abcam is a global innovator in life science reagents and tools; the new  partnership is for the development and commercialisation of novel custom antibodies to support the acceleration of cancer research.

The Cambridge business will develop custom protein-based reagents to targets identified by Cancer Research UK-funded researchers. The resulting antibodies technology will support research to further the understanding of cancer biology, help generate new diagnostic tools and potentially be the basis for novel therapies.

Tony Hickson, CBO at Cancer Research UK, said: “We are excited to be partnering with Abcam to expand our access to biological reagents and to create the tools our scientists need to help accelerate our understanding of cancer. 

“Abcam’s antibody development capabilities and “end-to-end” expertise will help provide our researchers with antibody reagents that can be applied from early-stage R&D right through to the clinic.”

Dr John Baker, SVP Product Portfolio Innovation at Abcam, added: “We are proud to be working with Cancer Research UK to support their scientists and to provide them with access to specific and validated reagents to help them achieve their next breakthrough faster.”

Abcam will, upon request, supply unique antibodies developed within the terms of the agreement to Cancer Research UK-funded researchers for an agreed period of exclusivity in relation to that antibody. 

Subsequently, Abcam’s global supply capability and co-location in major technology hubs throughout the world will enable these innovative reagents to be made readily accessible to the wider research and diagnostic development community.

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