Leading UK contract research organisation and antibody humanization specialist, Fusion Antibodies, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Award.
Leading UK contract research organisation and antibody humanization specialist, Fusion Antibodies, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Award. The Belfast based company was among 18 finalists announced in the Irish Times on 26 January.
Fusion Antibodies was chosen as a finalist due to the cost saving advances offered by its patented antibody humanization service and revolutionary CDRx platform. Until recently, the antibody humanization came with high costs and royalty payments, meaning that only very large pharmaceuticals had the technology required for the process. Fusion Antibodies new humanization method and pioneering new CDRx platform enables the efficient and highly scalable production of humanised antibodies, at a significantly reduced cost.
“Fusion Antibodies are honoured to be nominated for this Innovation Award. Our CDRx Antibody Humanization platform has allowed us to rapidly and successfully develop new therapeutic and diagnostic antibodies for our clients while simultaneously allowing us to grow as a company,” said Andrew Glover, Fusion Antibodies ltd.
The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards acknowledge and celebrate the most innovative talent across six industry categories; Agrifood, Biosciences, Creative Industries, Energy and the Environment, Manufacturing and IT and Telecommunications. Fusion Antibodies was nominated in the biosciences category, which also recognises innovation in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and nanotechnology.
According to the Irish Times article announcing the finalists, “Fusion Antibodies has created a next-generation antibody humanization service, including a new software platform that has radically improved the speed and robustness of the design of humanised antibodies at significantly lower costs. That means smaller pharma and biotech firms along with academics can begin development work.”
The nominees will now face a panel of judges that include Dr Chris Horn, Norman Crowley of Crowley Carbon, Helen Kirkpatrick of UTV Media and Kingspan, Kevin Neary of Gamestop as well as David Woolfson of Gabriel Scientific, overall winner of the the 2012 award. The final winners will be announced at a special event which will take place at Belfast’s City Hall in April.