VICTORIA, February 21, 2019 / – IMMUNOPRECISE ANTIBODIES LTD. (the “Company” or “IPA”) (TSX VENTURE: IPA) (OTC PINK: IPATF) has received a five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) subcontract from Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., which currently operates the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research for the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Under the subcontract, IPA will discover and produce rabbit monoclonal antibodies using its proprietary B-Cell Select platform.
The rabbit monoclonal antibodies discovered and produced under this subcontract will be used in the key applications of immunohistochemistry and immuno-Multiple Reaction Monitoring (immuno-MRM). The antibodies will be generated for NCI’s Antibody Characterization Program. Immuno-MRM is a leading-edge targeted mass spectrometry technique that relies on antibodies to enrich peptides from complex biological samples that are then quantified by mass spectrometry. Rabbit monoclonal antibodies are highly sought after for this purpose because they exhibit high specificity and bind their target with high affinity. Immuno-MRM is being used to discover novel biomarkers and develop a new generation of clinical diagnostic tests that could lead to improved cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment.
IPA’s B-Cell Select platform enables rabbit monoclonal antibody discovery directly from B-cells through recombinant DNA cloning and expression of antibody gene sequences. This process allows for large panels of antibodies to be screened for functionality via multiple methods to pick the most relevant leads for the final application and can be applied to discover antibodies from several species for diagnostics and therapeutics.
“We are very pleased to work with Leidos Biomedical to support the world-class cancer research funded by NCI and NIH globally. We look forward to applying IPA’s experience and expertise in developing rabbit monoclonal antibodies to the challenging projects being advanced through Leidos” said Deanna Dryhurst, CSO of IPA.
About Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research is dedicated to improving human health through discovery and innovation in the biomedical sciences, focusing on cancer, AIDS, and rapid response to emerging infectious diseases. Frederick National Laboratory is operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. for the National Cancer Institute.
About ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd.
ImmunoPrecise is a full-service, therapeutic antibody discovery company focused on the next generation of antibody discovery, to deliver the most therapeutically-relevant antibodies, in a shorter period of time, with the highest probability of succeeding to clinical trials.
ImmunoPrecise operates from state-of-the-art laboratory facilities located at the Vancouver Island Technology Park in Victoria, British Columbia, in collaboration with its wholly-owned subsidiary operations at U-Protein Express B.V., in the Life Science Incubator, Utrecht, and ModiQuest Research, Oss, both in the Netherlands. The Company operates globally to offer antibody services from target analysis to pre-clinical studies.
The services offered to clients include antibody discovery against a broad spectrum of antigens, including challenging targets. Amongst these services, the Company offers hybridoma production, B-cell services, and a variety of phage display platforms. The Company also provides a broad range of supporting services including immunologically-based assays, recombinant protein manufacturing, humanization, optimization, stable cell line development, and advanced solutions to challenges faced by clients in antibody-related research and development. The antibodies produced by ImmunoPrecise target a wide variety of therapeutic, diagnostic and research applications.
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ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd.
Jennifer Bath, CEO and President
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