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Reimagining biologics: AbCellera and Novartis partner to find new disease treatments

The companies are joining forces to find therapeutic antibodies for up to 10 target diseases

AbCellera, a DCVC Bio portfolio company searching the immune system for therapeutic antibodies, has teamed up with one of the world’s largest phar­ma­ceu­tical companies, Novartis. The companies will work together to find biologic treatments for up to 10 disease targets.

We’re excited AbCellera is working with such an esteemed partner. Novartis has been at the forefront of biologics development for years, with 6 biologics on the market, 22 in clinical trials, and many more in development. Their medicines help hundreds of thousands of people suffering from a wide range of diseases; from psoriasis to leukemia, from asthma to debil­i­tating eye conditions.

With this partnership, Novartis is super­charging their antibody discovery pipeline. AbCellera will be able to help them find antibodies that are the most suitable to make into drugs — faster and for any target. This speed and flexibility means better drugs can reach Novartis’ patients more quickly. In turn, AbCellera is eligible to receive research funding and downstream milestone payments and royalties on the medicines they discover.

We’re glad to see these companies combining forces for the good of patients everywhere. We invested in AbCellera because we believed their AI-driven microflu­idic platform would funda­men­tally improve the antibody discovery process. Part­ner­ships like this one cement that belief. We’re excited to see the new medicines this partnership creates.

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