Pharma Focus Asia

Distributed Bio Inc. Announces Collaboration with H3 Biomedicine

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Distributed Bio, the global leader in computational optimization of fully human monoclonal antibody libraries, today announced a discovery collaboration with H3 Biomedicine, Inc. designed to help accelerate the discovery of novel cancer therapeutics. The collaboration will leverage Distributed Bio’s proprietary SuperHuman antibody library platform to discover therapeutic-ready, preoptimized antibodies against H3 Biomedicine targets. H3 Biomedicine is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in the discovery and development of next-generation cancer medicines using its data science and precision chemistry product engine.

“H3 Biomedicine is an exciting oncology company, with a novel approach to uncovering targets that could lead to new treatments for unmet needs in various types of cancer,” said Jacob Glanville Ph.D., Co-founder & CSO, Distributed Bio. “What was clear to us from the outset was that H3 Biomedicine’s goals would require significant advances to the normal antibody selection process. At Distributed Bio we are uniquely positioned to provide the advanced selection, screening and engineering techniques needed to advance important discovery programs.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Distributed Bio will discover antibodies by screening its SuperHuman antibody library with antigens provide by H3 Biomedicine. Multiple lead antibodies will be identified using a proprietary assay cascade. The antibodies generated through this method will be available to H3 Biomedicine to advance to clinical development. Distributed Bio will receive research funding and the opportunity for future milestone payments.

“At H3 Biomedicine, we are focused on uncovering novel cancer biology and rapidly translating those learnings to advance novel, first-in-class precision oncology medicines. As our lead clinical development programs continue to progress, we are also pursuing a broad portfolio of research programs and targets,” said Andrea Gerken, Vice President, Business Development at H3 Biomedicine. “As part of those research efforts, our collaboration with Distributed Bio will enable us to explore H3’s differentiated approach to antibody drug conjugates targeting RNA splicing.”

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