Fusion Antibodies Partners With Eurofins Discovery to Support Innovative Preclinical Drug Discovery Research

Fusion Antibodies plc recently announced it has entered into a commercial collaboration with Eurofins, a Eurofins Scientific SE (EUFI.PA) group company; a leading provider of products and services to the drug discovery industry.

As leading global innovation-driven and customer-focused providers of antibody development services, Fusion Antibodies and Eurofins share common values in the culture of collaboration and the pursuit of scientific excellence and together, they aim to provide laboratories worldwide with high-quality, cost-effective, and efficient services that work seamlessly with one another to support biotherapeutic discovery.

Under the agreement, Fusion Antibodies will provide comprehensive pre-clinical antibody development services from discovery, engineering, and critical reagent supply to Eurofins so that together they can provide a complete workflow solution for busy researchers. This includes Fusion Antibodies services for antibody generation, characterization, sequencing, engineering, and expression, and Eurofins Discovery’s in vivo and in vitro services, such as efficacy models, bioanalytical services, biomarker development, phenotypic assays and safety assessment.

Commenting on the partnership, Dr Richard Jones, CEO of Fusion Antibodies, said “We are delighted to enter into this commercial collaboration with Eurofins that leverages the respective expertise of both partners, delivering on both our strategic objectives as well as providing a full client service package.

Eurofins is an established global provider of testing and laboratory services, and this partnership is a natural fit with Fusion’s mission to enable pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies to develop innovative products in the most efficient and cost-effective way.”

Dr. Julie Gormley, Business Development Director of Fusion Antibodies, said “This partnership brings together two world leaders in their respective fields and will enable scientists to focus on their research while our services ensure efficient and robust results. I look forward to working closely with colleagues at Eurofins Discovery throughout 2021 and beyond.”

The collaboration between Fusion Antibodies and Eurofins Discovery will last for an initial 2-year period and is a commitment to provide world-class scientific expertise, next-generation technology, and guidance to accelerate the delivery of the best possible antibody against a broad range of targets and therapeutic areas into the clinic.

Established in 2001 as a spin out from Queens University Belfast, Fusion Antibodies is a Collaborative Research Organisation (CRO) providing antibody discovery, engineering, and supply, through to cell line development. The company’s mission is to enable pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies to develop innovative products in a timely and cost-effective manner for the benefit of the global healthcare industry.

Fusion Antibodies’ world-class humanization and antibody optimization platforms harness the power of the natural somatic hypermutation space. To address remaining market needs in antibody discovery, Fusion is creating a breakthrough fully human antibody library to capture the entire human antibody repertoire.

Fusion provides a broad range of services in antibody generation, development, production, characterization, and optimization. These services include antigen expression, antibody production, purification and sequencing, antibody humaniszation using Fusion’s proprietary CDRx platform and the production of antibody generating stable cell lines to provide material for use in clinical trials.

Eurofins Discovery has supported Drug Discovery research for over 40 years. Eurofins is recognized as the industry leader for providing drug discovery researchers the largest and most diverse portfolio of standard and custom in vitro safety & pharmacology assays and panels for drug screening and profiling. In addition to in vitro safety pharmacology strengths, we also offer a broad portfolio of over 3500 drug discovery services and 1800 products. These include in vitro assays, cell-based phenotypic assays, safety pharmacology and efficacy, ADME toxicology, medicinal chemistry design, synthetic chemistry, and custom proteins and assay development capabilities. We support a variety of drug discovery targets such as GPCRs, Kinases, Ion Channels, Nuclear Hormone Receptors and other proteins & enzymes. The Eurofins Discovery capabilities, expertise, knowledge and skill sets enable the company to provide clients the benefit of being able to work with a single outsourcing provider (CRO) for all their drug discovery programs.