Candidate: Antibodies targeting SARS-CoV-2 to potentially prevent or treat COVID-19

Category: ANTIBODY

Type: Fully-human neutralizing antibodies to be discovered and developed

Status: Amgen and Adaptive Biotechnologies said April 2 they will partner to discover and develop antibodies through a collaboration intended to combine Adaptive Bio’s immune medicine platform for identifying virus-neutralizing antibodies with Amgen’s expertise in immunology, antibody engineering, and novel antibody therapy development.

Adaptive Bio will use its high throughput platform to rapidly screen the B cell receptors from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, enabling identification of tens of thousands of naturally occurring antibodies. Amgen will select, develop and manufacture antibodies designed to bind and neutralize SARS-CoV-2. Amgen subsidiary deCODE Genetics in Iceland will provide genetic insights from patients who were previously infected with COVID-19.

The companies said they will begin work immediately upon signing a Memorandum of Understanding whose terms were not disclosed, and will finalize financial details and terms “in the coming weeks.”

COVID-19: 200 Candidates and Counting

To navigate through the >200 potential therapeutic and vaccine options for COVID-19, GEN has grouped the candidates into four broad categories based on their developmental and (where applicable) clinical progress:

FRONT RUNNER – the most promising therapeutics/vaccines based on clinical progress, favorable data or both.

DEFINITELY MAYBE – earlier phases with promising partners, or more advanced candidates in development that have generated uneven data

KEEPING AN EYE ON… – interesting technology, attracting notable partners, or both, but preliminary data.

TOO SOON TO TELL – longshots pending additional experimental and/or clinical data.

GEN has also tagged the most common treatment types:


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