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Wednesday 10 October, 2018

Avacta Group PLC

Avacta agrees Affimer reagent licensing deal

RNS Number : 4875D
Avacta Group PLC
10 October 2018
 

 

10 October 2018

 

 

Avacta Group plc

("Avacta" or "the Group" or "the Company")

 

Avacta agrees Affimer reagent licensing deal with New England Biolabs (NEB)

Royalty bearing license agreement to commercialise a product incorporating the Affimer technology

 

Avacta Group plc (AIM: AVCT), the developer of Affimer® biotherapeutics and reagents, is pleased to announce that it has agreed a commercial license with New England Biolabs® (NEB®) (Ipswich MA, USA), a global leader in the discovery and production of enzymes for molecular biology applications, to commercialise a product using the Affimer technology for use in both life science research and diagnostics assays.

Avacta and NEB have been collaborating to develop Affimers to combine with NEB's reagents.  Avacta has identified Affimers that specifically inhibit certain NEB proprietary enzymes to provide modulation of their activity in response to temperature.  Unlike alternative enzyme inhibitors, Affimers can be fine-tuned to switch at the right temperature without having a negative effect on the overall assay performance.  NEB is in the final stages of product testing and the two companies have agreed terms under which NEB will commercialise the combined product.

Financial details of the agreement are not being disclosed, but Avacta will receive a royalty on product sales, which may occur as soon as 2019.

NEB and Avacta expect to continue the collaboration to generate Affimer tools and inhibitors to other enzymes, enabling further product developments.

Alastair Smith, Chief Executive of Avacta Group commented:

"We are delighted that the collaboration with New England Biolabs, a highly respected, globally recognized leader in the life sciences reagents market, has resulted in this commercial agreement to incorporate the Affimer technology into one of their products.

This is another important milestone for Avacta, because it further validates the Affimer technology and our licensing business model.  We have built a pipeline of evaluations and collaborations, such as this one with New England Biolabs, to deliver numerous license agreements to commercialise Affimer-based products. Collectively, these royalty bearing licenses will underpin the future high margin revenue from Affimer reagents.

We are looking forward to continuing our collaboration to generate more combined products for the research and molecular diagnostic markets.

This is a very exciting time for the Group and we look forward to updating the market on continuing commercial progress for Affimer reagents and, importantly, on therapeutic licensing deals."

 

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About Avacta Group plc (www.avacta.com)

Avacta's principal focus is on its proprietary Affimer® technology which is a novel engineered alternative to antibodies that has wide application in Life Sciences for diagnostics, therapeutics and general research and development.

 

Antibodies dominate markets worth in excess of $100bn despite their shortcomings. Affimer technology has been designed to address many of these negative performance issues, principally; the time taken to generate new antibodies, the reliance on an animal's immune response, poor specificity in many cases, and batch to batch variability.  Affimer technology is based on a small protein that can be quickly generated to bind with high specificity and affinity to a wide range of protein targets.

 

Avacta has a pre-clinical biotech development programme with an in-house focus on immuno-oncology and bleeding disorders as well as partnered development programmes. Avacta is commercialising non-therapeutic Affimer reagents through licensing to developers of life sciences research tools and diagnostics.

 

About New England Biolabs

Established in the mid 1970's, New England Biolabs, Inc. (NEB) is the industry leader in the discovery and production of enzymes for molecular biology applications and now offers the largest selection of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research. NEB continues to expand its product offerings into areas related to PCR, gene expression, sample preparation for next generation sequencing, synthetic biology, glycobiology, epigenetics and RNA analysis. Additionally, NEB is focused on strengthening alliances that enable new technologies to reach key market sectors, including molecular diagnostics development. New England Biolabs is a privately held company, headquartered in Ipswich, MA, and has extensive worldwide distribution through a network of exclusive distributors, agents and seven subsidiaries located in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the UK.  For more information about New England Biolabs visit www.neb.com.


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