IONTAS signs collaboration agreement with LG Chem

Under the agreement IONTAS will use its proprietary antibody discovery platforms to deliver antibodies against biological targets selected by LG Chem

IONTAS Limited, a specialist in the discovery and optimisation of fully human antibodies, has announced it has signed a collaboration agreement with Korean-based LG Chem for the discovery of therapeutic antibodies targeting undisclosed targets for use in the treatment of cancers. Under the agreement IONTAS will use its proprietary antibody discovery platforms to deliver antibodies against biological targets selected by LG Chem and to further prove the biological activity of the antibodies.

Dr Neil Butt, CBO of IONTAS, said: "This new agreement marks IONTAS' expansion into the Asian market, and we are delighted to have been selected by LG Chem Ltd, after a rigorous diligence process. The application of our proprietary technologies will assist LG Chem. in expanding its current therapeutic pipeline by generating leads against pre-defined specifications agreed at the project outset."

Dr Myung Jin Kim, Executive Vice President/R&D Leader, Life Sciences R&D of LG Chem, said: "IONTAS was selected because of its robust track record and technical know-how. We feel confident this collaboration will result in a strong panel of therapeutic leads which will help develop our oncology pipeline."

Dr Neil Butt and Dr Mike Dyson, CTO of IONTAS, will attend the 2018 BIO International Convention (Boston, MA) from 4-7 June and Dr John McCafferty, CEO and Founder of IONTAS, will be at Antibody Engineering and Therapeutics Europe (Amsterdam, NL) from 5-7 June.

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