Algeta and Ablynx Enter Into a Research Collaboration
News Nov 22, 2012
Algeta ASA and Ablynx have announced a research collaboration to evaluate a novel Targeted Thorium Conjugate (TTC) based on combining Algeta’s proprietary thorium-227 alpha-pharmaceutical payload with Nanobodies® generated using Ablynx’s proprietary technology platform.
Under the terms of the collaboration, Ablynx will provide access to novel Nanobodies® against a specific, undisclosed target and Algeta will provide access to chelation and conjugation technologies, as well as to its alpha-emitter thorium-227.
Both companies will contribute resources towards the collaboration, which is expected to last for up to a year initially with the option for extension thereafter. No further terms have been disclosed.
Thomas Ramdahl, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Algeta, said: “The collaboration with Ablynx, the fifth TTC program to be disclosed by Algeta, is designed to evaluate the potential of a Nanobody® to act as the targeting molecule for the alpha-pharmaceutical payload, thorium-227. This payload has the potential to provide higher potency and more effective delivery over other therapeutic payloads, with the further advantage that there are no known cellular resistance mechanisms to the cell killing properties of alpha particles.”
Andreas Menrad, Chief Scientific Officer of Ablynx, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Algeta to discover and develop novel cancer therapeutics based on both companies’ proprietary technologies. Our Nanobodies® have the potential to selectively and efficiently deliver Algeta’s thorium-227 to the site of the tumor. We are very excited about combining our unique and powerful technology with Algeta’s leading payload expertise to search for breakthrough opportunities in oncology.”
Nanoparticles show great promise as diagnostic tools and drug delivery agents. But until now, most nanoparticles had to be injected into the bloodstream because they weren’t absorbed well orally. Now, researchers have modified nanoparticles to improve their uptake in the gastrointestinal tract.