JERUSALEM and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, 2016-02-02 14:00 CET (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) (TASE:TEVA) and AbCellera have entered into a collaborative research agreement whereby AbCellera will apply its high-throughput single cell antibody platform for the discovery of rare monoclonal antibodies.
"We are pleased to work with AbCellera utilizing this company's novel biologics technology," said Michael Hayden, MD, PhD, President of Global R&D and Chief Scientific Officer at Teva. "This agreement will be complementary to our existing antibody discovery process with the potential to strengthen Teva's capabilities in novel biologics discovery."
Under the terms of the agreement, AbCellera will receive an upfront payment, research payments, and is eligible to receive undisclosed downstream milestones associated with the development and approval of therapeutic antibodies.
"These are tough problems that need new technologies to move them forward. Our platform brings important advantages to enable the discovery of rare antibodies with defined specificity and functional activity against difficult membrane protein targets," said Dr. Carl Hansen, President and CEO of AbCellera. "We look forward to a close collaboration with the team of scientists at Teva, and are excited at the chance to help advance this important program."
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) (TASE:TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions to millions of patients every day. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's largest generic medicines producer, leveraging its portfolio of more than 1,000 molecules to produce a wide range of generic products in nearly every therapeutic area. In specialty medicines, Teva has a world-leading position in innovative treatments for disorders of the central nervous system, including pain, as well as a strong portfolio of respiratory products. Teva integrates its generics and specialty capabilities in its global research and development division to create new ways of addressing unmet patient needs by combining drug development capabilities with devices, services and technologies. Teva's net revenues in 2014 amounted to $20.3 billion. For more information, visit www.tevapharm.com.
About AbCellera Biologics Inc.
AbCellera is a privately held company that has developed a high-throughput platform for the rapid discovery of therapeutic antibodies directly from natural immune cells. The company's proprietary single cell technology can be applied across multiple species and provides flexible assay formats to identify antibodies with defined properties at a throughput of millions of B cells per run. In addition to internal programs, AbCellera provides pharmaceutical and biotechnology partners with access to state-of-the-art antibody discovery capabilities to advance and accelerate therapeutic development. For more information, visit http://www.abcellera.com.
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IR Contacts: Kevin C. Mannix United States (215) 591-8912 Ran Meir United States (215) 591-3033 Tomer Amitai Israel 972 (3) 926-7656 PR Contacts: Iris Beck Codner Israel 972 (3) 926-7687 Denise Bradley United States (215) 591-8974 Nancy Leone United States (215) 284-0213 AbCellera Contact: Kevin Heyries Canada (604) 827-4151