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Pepscan Therapeutics Presents Protein Mimicry Platform for the Discovery of anti-GPCR Antibodies at International Antibody Conference
Date:12/6/2011

SAN DIEGO, December 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Speaking today at the plenary session of the IBC's International Antibody Conference in San Diego, Dr. Klaus Schwamborn, CDO of Pepscan Therapeutics, presented Pepscan's protein mimicry platform for the discovery of therapeutic antibodies.

In his presentation 'CLIPS meets GPCRs' Dr. Schwamborn introduced the CLIPS technology and the most recent developments of immunogen design. He showed data demonstrating that Pepscan's synthetic immunogens induce potent antibodies against GPCRs and therefore are able to mimic the native receptor. Resulting antibodies do not only bind strongly to the native receptor, but also show functionality with neutralizing activity in different cell based assays. Pepscan's approach was applied to different targets, supporting the concept of a generic platform for antibody generation for any given GPCR.

Monoclonal antibody therapy is very successful and has major advantages compared to small molecule therapy. However, it is very difficult to generate monoclonal antibodies for certain important drug targets, due to technical constraints, and so far no generic approach has been documented. This is in particular valid for G-protein coupled receptors (GPCR's), for which no FDA approved antibody exists. Over the last years, Pepscan Therapeutics has validated and optimized its CLIPS technology which enables the design and synthesis of conformationally stabilized peptides with a well-defined 3D-structure, resembling the native functional protein surface. New immunogen design strategies were established which allow grafting extracellular domains of any given GPCR onto a synthetic template, mimicking the native receptor structure in an optimal way.

The platform provides a systematic and efficient way of making synthetic immunogens which induce antibodies against the native target. With these immunogens, monoclonal antibodies can be generated by using common antibody technologies
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