We caution that this is still early stage research and development and is not making any express or implied claims that it has the ability to eliminate the SARS-CoV-2 virus at this time. We further caution that we have not undertaken any clinical trials.
VICTORIA, March 30, 2020 /CNW/ - IMMUNOPRECISE ANTIBODIES LTD. (the "Company" or "IPA") (TSX VENTURE: IPA) (OTC QB: IPATF) announces that its collaborator, EVQLV, has submitted their first panel of candidate therapeutic antibody sequences, comprised of DNA sequences encoding for potentially therapeutic antibodies against the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. These DNA sequences were generated using computational antibody design, a method which combines mathematics, statistics, and computer science to identify high-affinity antibodies. The submitted antibody sequences were pre-screened by EVQLV's artificial intelligence-driven algorithms, which work to maximize the resulting antibodies' therapeutic potential while minimizing safety and manufacturing risks.
IPA believes treatments for the new coronavirus are ideally generated using data from the newly emerged strain, in part as the spike protein from the 2019 virus has been shown to have a unique sequence that sets it apart from the 2002 SARS-CoV and SARS-related CoVs1.
"As new insights into SARS-CoV-2 are captured by researchers around the world, we are applying these insights in an attempt to generate an efficacious and sustainable therapy. The submission of the first panel of antibody sequences by EVQLV is an important milestone," stated Dr. Jennifer Bath, CEO of IPA.
The next step in this process for IPA is to review the antibody candidates from EVQLV's artificial intelligence. IPA will select approximately 1,200 ideal candidates that were characterized and screened by EVQLV's artificial intelligence and validate the antibody candidates in vitro (i.e. at IPA's lab facilities) for the purpose of producing and testing these antibodies. IPA has sufficient financial resources to carry out this testing.
While computational analyses are routine practice in antibody optimization, it is uncommon to run millions of computational antibody designs and breadth of screening calculations performed by EVQLV's artificial intelligence. The use of EVQLV's technology, in conjunction with IPA's research insights and parameters, generated this first panel of optimized antibody sequences against SARS-CoV-2 in less than one week. Given the early stage nature of discovered antibody sequences in the development chain, IPA and EVQLV will continue to work on additional panels of computationally generated sequence candidates against SARS-CoV-2.
"EVQLV's approach simulates antibody discovery and characterization that occurs in the laboratory and generates candidate sequences which are screened using algorithms seeking desirable attributes," said Dr. Bath. "By computationally generating and screening millions of antibody sequences, the algorithms provide our laboratory teams prospective panels of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody sequences for further validation."
1Walls et al., 2020, Cell 180, 1–12
EVQLV develops artificial intelligence, engineered with life science data and biological knowledge, that accelerates the speed at which biologic therapies reach patients. Comprised of experts in machine learning, molecular biology, computational biology, pharmacology, software engineering, antibody design, cloud computing, and preclinical/clinical development, EVQLV is on a mission to transform how healing reaches those in need. For further information, visit www.evqlv.com or contact Daniel Gigante at [email protected].
About ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd.
ImmunoPrecise is a full-service, therapeutic antibody discovery Contract Research Organization offering species agnostic, multi-format, characterized and engineered, human monoclonal antibodies, on an abbreviated timeframe, for its pharmaceutical clients. For further information, visit www.immunoprecise.com or contact [email protected].
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