Integral Molecular, Inc. and Crystal Bioscience Announce Research Collaboration to Develop Novel GPCR and Ion Channel Antibodies

Published: Nov 16, 2012

PHILADELPHIA & EMERYVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Crystal Bioscience and Integral Molecular have launched a research collaboration to generate panels of chicken monoclonal antibodies against undisclosed therapeutic GPCR and ion channel targets. The collaboration will leverage the synergy between Integral Molecular's Lipoparticle technology for immunization with native conformation multispanning membrane proteins and Crystal's GEM technology for the recovery of monoclonal antibodies against otherwise conserved proteins raised in immunized chickens. “We are excited to be working with Crystal Bioscience to develop antibodies in alternative species where there is increased likelihood of success in eliciting antibodies against epitopes conserved in mammals,” said Dr. Joseph Rucker, Director of Research and Development at Integral Molecular. “We believe that this powerful combination of technologies for immunization and screening will culminate in the ability to produce antibodies against therapeutic targets that have been historically difficult to work with due to both their conformational complexity and high conservation.”

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