Selexis has expanded its alliance with clinical-stage immuno-oncology company Agenus by signing additional commercial license agreements (CLAs).
Under the new CLAs, Agenus will leverage Selexis’ modular SUREtechnology Platform for the rapid, stable, and cost-effective production of its therapeutic proteins.
Selexis licensing and business development vice president Yemi Onakunle said:
It’s gratifying to have the opportunity to play a part in Agenus’ mission to redefine cancer treatment by advancing promising new biologics for individuals living with cancer. The Selexis team has a notable track record of success in helping our partners overcome protein-expression challenges and advance products rapidly and safely through the clinic to the market where they can be made available to patients in need.
The Selexis SUREtechnology Platform improves the way mammalian cells are used in the discovery, development and manufacturing of recombinant proteins and drugs. The platform provides key significant advantages over traditional approaches, enabling: speed, high-yield, stability and flexibility.
Agenus chief technology officer Alex Duncan said: “Our fully integrated capabilities, from early discovery of protein therapeutics to GMP manufacturing, allows us to rapidly produce and clinically test promising new drug candidates thereby delivering innovation with speed. A critical step in this process is the in-house development of commercially viable cell-lines expressing novel and complex proteins. We have successfully used the Selexis’ platform to drive our lead anti-CTLA4 (AGEN1884) and anti-PD1 (AGEN2034) programs, and are excited to partner with them to advance our novel single agent and multi-specific antibody programs.”