Glythera, the next-generation antibody drug conjugate (ADC) development company has appointed Professor Kerry Chester to its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).
Professor Chester’s appointment strengthens the company’s SAB and will help shape its portfolio of ADCs for targeting previously untreatable cancers.
Professor Chester leads the Antibody Engineering Group at University College London (UCL) Cancer Institute and has more than 20 years’ experience in antibody engineering, antibody phage-display technology and bench-to-bedside antibody development, including manufacture for clinical trials.
Her main research interests are design and construction of antibody-based therapeutics and the interaction of these molecules with specific cancer targets for the development of new agents for clinical use. Professor Chester is currently president of the Antibody Society.
Professor Chester’s current projects include development of antibodies for use as ADCs, chimeric antigen receptors (CARs), nano-medicines and cancer imaging agents.
Her group has established a GMP facility for manufacturing clinical-grade recombinant antibody-based cancer treatments for use in first-in-man clinical trials. Additionally, her group designed and manufactured the first single-chain Fv (scFv) antibody to enter clinical trials.
Dr Dave Simpson, CEO at Glythera, said: “Professor Kerry Chester’s wealth of knowledge and experience makes her an invaluable addition to our Scientific Advisory Board and will help guide our development of next-generation ADCs for safer and more effective cancer therapy. With her support, we will continue to work towards our mission of transforming the outlook for patients with the hardest-to-treat cancers.”