MedAnnex begins cell line development at FUJIFILM Diosynth

Edinburgh-based biotechnology company MedAnnex today announced that cell line development for the generation of its anti-Annexin A1 antibodies is under way, at FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies’ (Fujifilm) Billingham, UK site.

MedAnnex’s novel antibodies are being developed as potentially ground-breaking therapies for autoimmune diseases and other medical conditions. The cell line development, via Fujifilm’s ApolloTMX advanced expression technology, is part- funded by Scottish Enterprise’s SMART: SCOTLAND R&D awards scheme.

The initiation of this production process follows a recent Series B investment of £11 million for MedAnnex to accelerate its therapeutic antibody development programme towards clinical trials.

Dr Fiona Dempsey, Director of Scientific Operations at MedAnnex, said: “We’re delighted to be taking this significant step on our journey towards the clinic, and to be moving closer to our goal of providing new treatments to help patients and their families.”
Dr. Fay Saunders, Head of Upstream Mammalian Cell Culture, Process Development of Fujifilm said “We are very happy to be working with MedAnnex in the expression of their anti-Annexin A1 antibody using our Apollo X advanced expression system.”

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