confers passive immunity in an individual and can be used in the form of vaccines.
against the plague bacterium and botulism are also in development.
Biolex now has exclusive rights to five United States patents in its Plantibodies
portfolio, giving the company coverage for the production of antibodies in transgenic plants and their use to treat humans.
Whaley and Hein are now working to make corn produce the antiherpes plantibodies
, as well as antibodies that prevent sperm from reaching an egg.
This is the fourth United States patent granted for Plantibodies
technology developed by Epicyte scientists; the company has rights to corresponding granted patents in Japan, Europe and Australia.
To further the cancer-fighting prospects of plantibodies
, the researchers now are working with a Scripps immunologist in an attempt to put genes for human-tumor-attacking antibodies into plant cells.
The HIV plantibodies
were developed as part of a National Institutes of Health Advanced Technology SBIR award.
Epicyte owns exclusive rights to this Plantibodies
technology and is using it to produce its own pipeline of human monoclonal antibodies.
His experience in building critical R&D relationships and acquiring and licensing technologies will be invaluable as Epicyte further develops its infectious disease and sexual health product pipeline and continues to pursue collaborations and licensing opportunities for the Plantibodies
Epicyte, the developer of the Plantibodies
technology for manufacturing human monoclonal antibodies in plants, had previously raised $10.