MedImmune, CRT join hands to develop cancer medicine

MedImmune, AZ's research arm and Cancer Research UK to establish a joint CRUK-MEDI Alliance Laboratory to develop new biologic cancer medicines


The new laboratory, will focus on the discovery and development of novel biologic cancer treatments

MedImmune, AstraZeneca's global biologics research and development arm and Cancer Research with its commercial arm, Cancer Research Technology (CRT), have entered into an innovative collaboration to establish a joint laboratory in Cambridge. The new laboratory will focus on the discovery and development of novel biologic cancer treatments over an initial five-year period.

As part of the collaboration, scientists from both the organizations will work side-by-side on multiple oncology projects at the new CRUK-MEDI Alliance Laboratory. Cancer Research will provide the set-up and operational funding for the laboratory and will contribute a portfolio of novel drug targets together with a team of scientists. MedImmune will oversee the laboratory activities and provide access to its human antibody phage display libraries and established antibody-engineering technologies. The joint team will share knowledge and expertise to discover and develop antibodies to treat cancer.

"Oncology is a core therapeutic area for AstraZeneca and we are pleased to enter this strategic antibody discovery and development collaboration with Cancer Research UK, one of the leading charitable cancer research institutions in the world. Our collaboration represents an innovative public-private business model for biologic drug development as we will share knowledge and expertise in a dedicated laboratory to discover potentially ground-breaking medicines for cancer patients," said Dr Bahija Jallal, executive vice president, MedImmune.

Mr Keith Blundy, chief executive officer, CRT said, "MedImmune is one of Cancer Research UK's important strategic partners as we seek to advance biologic treatments for cancer. This unique partnership will bring together cutting-edge research with the most advanced antibody technologies industry can offer under one roof, to deliver significant output over a number of years. Cancer Research UK-funded scientists from across the UK will have the opportunity to access this unique lab and expertise. It's the first of what we hope will be many such pioneering collaborations that will help to accelerate the translation of our research into potential new drugs."


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