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May 30, 2007

BioWa Licenses Antibody Platform to Takeda

  • Takeda Pharmaceutical has gained access to BioWa’s Potelligent® Technology platform for the development of antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity-enhanced (ADCC) antibodies.

    The agreement grants Takeda nonexclusive rights to research, develop, manufacture, and commercialize antibodies based on this tool for an undisclosed number of targets. In return, BioWa will receive an upfront payment, license fees, development milestones, and royalties.

    Potelligent Technology improves potency and efficacy of antibody therapeutics, by enhancing ADCC, according to BioWa. Potelligent Technology involves the reduction of the amount of fucose in the carbohydrate structure of an antibody using a proprietary fucosyltransferase-knockout CHO cell line as a production cell.



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MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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