"Shark-antibodies" as a platform for biologics drug development

Impact

Description of impact

Together the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen city have become a major centre for biologics, the synthesis of medicines from compounds derived from living organisms. Commerce and industry have invested heavily in the process, creating specialist knowledge, jobs and an internationally-recognised network of expertise that promises further growth. This has arisen from ground-breaking research in Aberdeen into the VNAR antibody class that are the smallest binding sites so far identified in the animal kingdom and led to the validation of a new drug discovery platform. Spin-out companies were created (Haptogen Ltd, Cyclogenix Ltd and the pre-commercialisation vehicle Elasmogen) to exploit the emerging technology, which has completed successful efficacy trials in several animal models including late stage pre-clinical models, with trials in humans expected.

The claimed impact is therefore that: spin-outs have been created, highly skilled people have taken up specialist roles in companies; industry and venture money has been invested in patent protected research and development, business has adopted a new technology, award winning industry collaborations have been forged and jobs have been created.
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