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Synthetic Mini-Chromosomes for Antibody Production

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 889074

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.

H2020-EU.2.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 71 429

  • EU contribution

    € 50 000

Coordinated by:

RIBBON BIOLABS GMBH

Austria

Objective

Ribbon Biolabs has developed a unique, patented technology for the synthesis of long DNA molecules. As a key product in development through this platform, the company is targeting at the development and production of small, chromosome-like synthetic modular genetic units - which we term MiChroms - for monoclonal antibody production. The production of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) relies on unstable cell-lines, making the availability of the products limited and very expensive for the end user. Introducing MiChroms to the production process will solve this problem by making production batches larger and lower consumer prices, increasing the affordability of breakthrough medicines to a larger patient population. The MiChroms are tailored to specific cell-lines and specific biopharmaceutical mAbs and are independent modular genetic components that, unlike recombinant engineered master cell-lines, do not interfere with the cell’s functioning. With this approach, we can increase cell-line  stability and also cover the market needs. Moreover, the model is scalable because it is bound to reduce production costs, reduce price of the end product and increase supply and product portfolio, benefitting the end user. Our main target market is the development of new biologics, specifically monoclonal antibodies for therapeutics, but will also target biosimilars of the main blockbuster antibodies. We plan to sell our  genetic design to companies producing and developing biosimilars, where our roles are: a) the design of the artificial chromosome that is suitable for specific mammalian cell lines (e.g. CHO cells) and b) genetic variants in terms of biopharmaceutical copy-number and post-translational variations. Ribbon Biolabs restricts itself to the production of  the mini chromosomes but provides variants as required for  the clients  to determine the tailored sequence that best fits their lines and processes.

Coordinator

RIBBON BIOLABS GMBH

Address

Viehmartkgasse 1b/Eg
1030 Vienna

Austria

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 889074

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.

H2020-EU.2.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 71 429

  • EU contribution

    € 50 000

Coordinated by:

RIBBON BIOLABS GMBH

Austria