Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N43CO201000072
Agency Tracking Number: N43CO201000072
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: NCI
Solicitation Number: PHS2010-1
Small Business Information
12240 KATYDID CIR, SAN DIEGO, CA, 92129-4571
DUNS: 186489899
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Xiaomin Fan
 (858) 538-9866
Business Contact
Phone: (858) 538-9866
Research Institution
With the advances in proteomics, thousands of cancer biomarker candidates have been discovered. To fully validate these candidate cancer markers and eventually translate them into clinical use, it is essential to establish a comprehensive, highly characterized and standardized collection of specific binding molecules directed against these cancer markers. AvantGen's technology platform for rapid isolation of recombinant antibodies against human antigens is well suited for this need. In this Phase I study, antibodies against 10 cancer biomarkers will be isolated from an antibody yeast display library and their affinity and specificity will be determined. The performances of the isolated antibodies will be comparable or better than those of commercially available monoclonal antibodies in terms of protein recognition, binding affinity, and detection in ELISA-based assays and Western blot analysis. In addition, the cost of isolation and production of these recombinant antibodies will be significantly lower than monoclonal antibodies. Once the feasibility of our approach in isolating and producing high affinity recombinant antibodies is demonstrated in Phase I, the process can be readily expanded for more cancer biomarkers. These affinity reagents will ultimately provide a valuable resource of reproducible, highly qualified/characterized alternative protein capture reagents for the cancer research community.

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