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Abcam: experts in advanced proteomic and cellular tools and technologies


bcam is a global company that identifies, develops and distributes high-quality biological reagents,

proteomic and cellular tools that are crucial to research, drug discovery and diagnostics. Working across the healthcare and life sci- ence industries, Abcam supports the grow- ing needs of the industry by collaborating with expert organisations to co-create novel binders and other proteomic tools for use in drug discovery, in vitro diagnostics and therapeutics, relying on the Company’s pro- prietary discovery platforms and world- leading, antibody expertise. By constantly innovating its binders and

assays, Abcam helps to advance the global understanding of biology and causes of dis- ease to enable new treatments and improved health. In addition to more than 20 years of pro-

teomic and cellular tools expertise, Abcam has been focused on expanding its antibody conjugation and labelling capabilities as these continue to be of growing importance within the life sciences industry, with up to 84% of researchers seeking conjugation-ready solu- tions1. This includes molecular labels that are covalently attached to a protein of interest to facilitate detection, or the purification of a protein or its binding partners. Abcam’s recent acquisition of Expedeon’s proteomics technology and

portfolio introduces key labelling plat- forms incorporating enzymes, metals, oli- gos and fluorescent proteins. Combining proprietary capture and conjugation tech- nologies such as Lightning-Link® with Abcam’s extensive antibody and protein expertise will expand and enhance its port- folio of off-the-shelf and custom reagents and tools, while creating new value-added products that can support diagnostic and therapeutic development. Abcam’s recent partnership with BrickBio is also poised to provide new con- jugation tools. With the unique ability to incorporate unnatural amino acids acting as controlled conjugation sites, the anti- body can be coupled to a second molecule in a quantitative manner, enabling precise labelling. In addition, the proprietary tech- nology can be used to create protein-conju- gate therapeutics including antibody-drug- conjugates (ADCs). Delivering payloads to cells can also be

useful in research and diagnostic applica- tions and Abcam has recently joined forces with SomaServe to commercialise the cell delivery potential of polymer-based

PolyNaut® ‘bionic’ nanoparticles. These nanoparticles can carry a range of payloads directly to live cells. Abcam and SomaServe are developing the delivery and assay options of the platform, including optimis- ing its potential with antibodies and other technologies. Abcam has always been dedicated to providing scientists with industry-leading technology and the highest-quality reagents, and fully supports initiatives that improve reproducibility across the life sci- ence sector. It has helped address the cur- rent reproducibility crisis related to poor quality reagents including antibodies2, by driving in-house antibody validation through knockout (KO) cell line testing. To date, more than 2,500 antibodies have been tested by Abcam – an unprecedented scale within the industry. Abcam’s antibody validation initiative is supported further by the recent launch of its KO cell lysates and cell lines, the largest available portfolio on the market providing validated positive and negative control samples for antibody validation. The cell lines can also be used in the study of bio- logical pathways and disease models, as well as screening and cellular assays includ- ing high-throughput applications. Abcam’s industry knowledge and insight

drives its innovation and partnership strat- egy. Its aim is to build collaborations focused on value-added solutions and flex- ible commercial structures that maximise project success and tackle key challenges in the life sciences. To date, it has delivered more than 3,000 custom projects. Through active collaboration with the industry and its partners, Abcam develops tools that are critical to progressing areas of unmet medical need, to ultimately help improve global human health.

References 1 Abcam proprietary data. 2 Bradbury, A et al (2015). Reproducibility: Standardize antibodies used in research. Nature. 518(7537): pp 27-9.

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