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Abveris Deploys Second Berkeley Lights Beacon® System to Expand Single B Cell Antibody Discovery Capacity

By Gary Ng on 4/22/21 10:00 AM

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CANTON, Mass., April 22, 2021 – Abveris, Inc., Boston’s leader in antibody discovery services, today announced the deployment of a second Berkeley Lights, Inc. Beacon® optofluidic system to enable expansion of the Abveris antibody discovery offering.

 

The Abveris Single B Cell Antibody Discovery workflow was first announced in 2019 with the acquisition of the initial Beacon system. In combination with DiversimAb™ hyperimmune mice and/or industry-leading humanized mice, this workflow provides best-in-class antibody discovery solutions to a rapidly growing partner base in the biopharma industry. Over the last two years, Abveris has successfully delivered panels of fully characterized lead antibody candidates for over 30 discovery programs using the Berkeley Lights platform, including 21 campaigns targeting cell surface receptors.

 

The introduction of a second Beacon system to the Abveris workflow enables increased throughput for campaigns requiring larger panels of candidate antibodies. Additionally, it improves the screening capacity for workflows necessitating complex, high-resolution functional screens while providing additional opportunities for continued innovation of new capabilities on the instrument. As a result of experience and added capacity, Abveris is offering flexible business terms, including success-based structures to align organizational incentives.

 

“We have spent the last two years prioritizing scientific innovation on the Beacon system and we have been pleased with the results,” commented Colby Souders, Chief Scientific Officer at Abveris. “Incorporating a second Beacon system will allow us to accelerate this innovation and continue to develop additional techniques for high-content single cell interrogation. Ultimately, we aim to provide rapid solutions for antibody discovery campaigns that would otherwise be impossible using alternative techniques or technologies.”

 

“We are thrilled to help enable the high-quality results that helped to propel Abveris’ recent rapid growth,” said John Proctor, Ph.D. SVP, Antibody Therapeutics, Berkeley Lights. “As they expand capacity with a second Beacon, we look forward to seeing Abveris further become a leader in rapid antibody discovery against a broad range of targets.”

About Abveris:

Abveris is Boston's premier antibody discovery company providing contract research services to the biopharma industry. Abveris applies advanced immunization methods combined with B cell screening and hybridoma-based antibody discovery technologies to provide comprehensive gene-to-antibody discovery services. Abveris is developing the next generation of biologics, cell therapies, vaccines, and diagnostics in partnership with global biopharma leaders.

Abveris has delivered successfully on over 100 therapeutic antibody campaigns against cell surface receptors, and three of the programs have successfully proceeded to the clinic.

Additional information about Abveris is available at www.abveris.com.

About Berkeley Lights: 

Berkeley Lights is a leading digital cell biology company focused on enabling and accelerating the rapid development and commercialization of biotherapeutics and other cell-based products for our customers. The Berkeley Lights Platform captures deep phenotypic, functional and genotypic information for thousands of single cells in parallel and can also deliver the live biology customers desire in the form of the best cells. Our platform is a fully integrated, end-to-end solution, comprising proprietary consumables, including our OptoSelect™ chips and reagent kits, advanced automation systems, and application software. We developed the Berkeley Lights Platform to provide the most advanced environment for rapid functional characterization of single cells at scale, the goal of which is to establish an industry standard for our customers throughout their cell-based product value chain.

The Berkeley Lights Platform and the Berkeley Lights’ Beacon® and Lightning™ systems and Culture Station™ instrument are FOR RESEARCH USE ONLY. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

Contact:

Gary Ng
Director of Marketing
gary@abveris.com

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Abveris Presents Integrated Antibody Discovery Workflows Targeting the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein for COVID-19 Research

By Gary Ng on 3/23/21 10:17 AM

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Canton, MA, USA Abveris, Inc. today announced the release of antibody sequences specific to the SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein into the public domain for unrestricted use (https://www.abveris.com/download-anti-sars-cov2-mab-antibody-sequences-campaign). Leveraging Alloy Therapeutic’s ATX-Gx™ human transgenic mouse platform in parallel with genetically engineered DiversimAb™ mice, Abveris completed concurrent antibody discovery campaigns to develop a diverse panel of unique sequences for potential therapeutic and critical reagent use.

To accelerate the workflow and provide high-content data, Abveris incorporated the use of the Berkeley Lights Beacon® for rapid single B cell screening combined with the Carterra LSA® for high-throughput downstream antibody characterization. The resulting panel of high affinity antibodies span multiple epitopes on the S1 domain (the region of the S protein containing the ACE2 receptor binding domain, which is critical for viral infection). Furthermore, a subset of antibodies exhibits complete blockade of S protein binding to ACE2 and therefore have the potential to serve as viral neutralizing antibodies.

“As the fight against COVID-19 continues, there are many innovative organizations that can benefit from access to additional tools. We hope the antibodies and corresponding data presented here will empower advanced research,” commented Tracey Mullen, Chief Executive Office at Abveris. “As experts in antibody discovery and characterization for therapeutic pipelines, we recognize the benefit our antibodies can provide to the scientific community, and we’re grateful for our collaborators at Alloy Therapeutics and Carterra for their support in this philanthropic effort.”

 
About Abveris: 

Abveris is Boston's premier antibody discovery company providing contract research services to the biopharma industry. Abveris applies advanced immunization methods combined with B cell screening and hybridoma-based antibody discovery technologies to provide comprehensive gene-to-antibody discovery services. Abveris is developing the next generation of biologics, cell therapies, vaccines, and diagnostics in partnership with global biopharma leaders. Additional information about Abveris is available at www.abveris.com.

 
About alloy therapeutics: 

Alloy Therapeutics is a biotechnology ecosystem company dedicated to empowering scientists in the relentless pursuit of making better medicines for all. To this end, Alloy seeks to democratize access to foundational drug discovery platforms and services to scientists worldwide. Alloy’s first platform, the ATX-Gx™ mouse platform, is a suite of transgenic mice designed for best-in-class in vivo discovery of fully human monoclonal antibodies. Alloy’s partners include academic scientists, small and medium biotech, and Fortune 50 biopharma. Founded in 2018 and privately funded by visionary investors, Alloy Therapeutics is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with European labs in Cambridge, UK. As a reflection of our irrational commitment to the scientific community, 100% of our revenue from platforms and services is reinvested in innovation and supporting access to innovation. To join the revolution, visit alloytx.com or schedule a 15-minute chat with our Founder and CEO at alloytx.com/ceo.

 
Contact:

Gary Ng
Director of Marketing
gary@abveris.com

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Abveris Named as One of the Best Places to Work in 2021

By Gary Ng on 3/11/21 9:31 AM

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Canton, MA, USAThe Business Intelligence Group today announced that it has awarded Abveris a Best Places to Work award. The organization sought to identify companies that are actively working to improve their own performance through efforts to challenge employees in environments that make work fun and engaging.

“At the heart of Abveris is a team of highly dedicated and collectively motivated individuals withBest work places 2021 a strong passion for advancing science through the use of new and innovative technologies,” commented Tracey Mullen, CEO of Abveris. “Our team is both our biggest asset and primary differentiator. As such, we find it imperative to prioritize the personal and professional growth of every individual employee. We are honored to be recognized as a Best Places to Work winner, and we have our team to thank for this award.”

“Congratulations to Abveris for building an organization focused on employee engagement and performance,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer of Business Intelligence Group. “This clearly was the most challenging year for many companies, and it is clear this is a great place to work and employee feedback is not only listened to, but acted upon. Congratulations to the entire team.”

About Abveris: 

Abveris is Boston's premier antibody discovery company providing contract research services to the biopharma industry. Abveris applies advanced immunization methods combined with B cell screening and hybridoma-based antibody discovery technologies to provide comprehensive gene-to-antibody discovery services. Abveris is developing the next generation of biologics, cell therapies, vaccines, and diagnostics in partnership with global biopharma leaders. Additional information about Abveris is available at www.abveris.com.

About business intelligence group: 

The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry and business award programs, business executives—those with experience and knowledge—judge the programs. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.

 

Contacts:

Gary Ng
Director of Marketing
gary@abveris.com

Maria Jimenez
Business Intelligence Group
+1 (909) 529-2737
jmaria@bintelligence.com

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Abveris Beer: Back Again!

By Ryan Kelly on 12/23/20 7:36 AM

The Mabinator

MADE BY SCIENTISTS, FOR SCIENTISTS

BEST ENJOYED AFTER A LONG DAY in the lab

We teamed up with our neighbors at Castle Island Brewery to bring you more specialty beer that mAb scientists are sure to love! Our partners were so excited about our mAb Scientist IPA and Six Pack mAbs Lager we shipped over the summer that we decided to do it again!  

INTRODUCING:
THE MAB-INATOR Hoppy Session Ale

This beer is a session ale with killer taste.  Brewed with columbus and citra hops, it pairs well with anything. We're super excited about how it turned out!  We'll be contacting our partners to ship some of this beer out early 2021. 

 
Want to get your hands on the MAB-INATOR?
1) Follow Abveris on LinkedIn (click here)
2) leave an entertaining comment on our MAB-INATOR post. 
We'll select some of the best commenters and send you a 4-pack! 

For our active antibody discovery partners, we'll be reaching out to confirm shipping starting in 2021. 

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Abveris Announces Equity-Bearing Antibody Discovery Partnership with Saccharo

By Ryan Kelly on 12/2/20 9:21 AM

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Canton, MA, USA--(San Francisco, CA, USA)--Abveris, Inc. (“Abveris”) announced today that it has entered into an antibody discovery partnership with Saccharo, Inc. (“Saccharo”) for the discovery of monoclonal antibodies to advance the Saccharo therapeutic pipeline. Under the terms of the agreement, Abveris will utilize its proprietary DiversimAbTM mouse model in combination with its next-generation B cell screening platform, powered by the Berkeley Lights Beacon®, to rapidly discover monoclonal antibodies. In return for discovery services provided, Abveris will receive compensation partially in the form of equity.

“The team at Saccharo has identified a novel druggable target of great potential and we are honored to be working with them to identify candidate antibodies for clinical development,” commented Garren Hilow, Chief Business Officer of Abveris. “By pairing best-in-class discovery tools with our team of impassioned scientists, we believe that we offer Saccharo the best chance of success in discovering and optimizing the biologic they require for clinical advancement.”

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"Saccharo is delighted to be working with Abveris. We see Abveris’s scientists, experience, skills and technology platforms as offering the best potential for success,” said Sherry Martin-Moe, PhD, President/CEO and Co-Founder of Saccharo. “Importantly, they have been real partners in understanding the science and developing a sound strategy to produce the best possible antibodies for Saccharo to take to the clinic.”

About Abveris: 

Abveris is Boston's premier antibody discovery company providing contract research services to the biopharma industry. Abveris applies advanced immunization methods combined with B cell screening and hybridoma-based antibody discovery technologies to provide comprehensive gene-to-antibody discovery services. Abveris is developing the next generation of biologics, cell therapies, vaccines, and diagnostics in partnership with global leaders in biopharma. Additional information about Abveris is available at www.ABVERIS.com.

About Saccharo:

Saccharo is a biotech start up in the immuno-shielding oncology space in pursuit of products for a novel polysaccharide target uniquely found on cancer cells only-not on normal cells, that is constant across all stages and types of cancer. The target is involved in a novel immune shielding pathway and serves as a platform for multiple drug modalities. Additional information about Saccharo is available at www.SACCHARO.com.

Contacts for Abveris

Ryan Kelly

Director of Business Development

rkelly@abveris.com

781-562-1170 x1002

 

Contact for saccharo:

Sherry Martin-Moe, PhD

President/CEO and Co-Founder

Smartinmoe@saccharo.com

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Joint Application Note By Abveris and Berkeley lights

By Gary Ng on 11/2/20 1:59 PM

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Abveris and Berkeley Lights have published a joint application note on Rapid High-Resolution Screening of Plasma B Cells to Identify Antibody Lead Candidates. This document covers a variety of applications and cutting-edge cell-based assays developed by Abveris using Berkeley Lights's Beacon platform. The following contents are discussed in the note: 

  • Deliver anti-idiotypic antibodies with competitive ligand-blocking activity in half the time of a traditional hybridoma screen

  • Discover a diverse panel of rare, high-affinity antibodies that could not be discovered using phage display against an antigen with a completely homologous off-target product

  • Develop an adherent cell-based binding assay that enables discovery of lead candidate sequences against a challenging membrane-bound target in just 29 days

 

 

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Abveris Announces Partnership with Immunitas using the DiversimAb Mouse on the Berkeley Lights Beacon

By Ryan Kelly on 10/8/20 4:11 PM

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Canton, MA, USA – Abveris, Inc. ("Abveris") announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Immunitas Therapeutics, Inc. ("Immunitas") for the discovery of monoclonal antibodies to expand the Immunitas therapeutic pipeline. Under the terms of the agreement, Abveris will utilize its proprietary DiversimAbTM mouse model in combination with its next-generation B cell screening platform, powered by the Berkeley Lights Beacon®, to rapidly discover monoclonal antibodies for use as research reagents and therapeutics for immuno-oncology.

"The Immunitas team is uniquely positioned to identify novel therapeutic oncology targets using their innovative single cell genomics-based techniques. Pairing the Immunitas platform with efficient discovery of highly diverse panels of antibodies will result in the rapid identification of therapeutic-quality antibodies," commented Tracey Mullen, CEO of Abveris. "Our function-forward approach to antibody discovery will enable Abveris to deliver fully validated drug candidates in accelerated timelines. Ultimately, the synergy between the two platforms will result in faster delivery of targeted therapies to the patients who need them."    

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"We are excited to collaborate with Abveris to accelerate the pace of discovery for some of our new antibody therapeutics," said Jeff Goldberg, CEO of Immunitas. "Our platform rapidly generates and validates new targets for treating challenging cancers. Working with Abveris will enable us to quickly identify and select highly specific antibodies for those targets, so that we can take the best antibody forward to address the needs of particular patient populations."

 

About Abveris: 

Abveris is Boston's premier antibody discovery company providing contract research services to the biopharma industry. Abveris applies advanced immunization methods combined with B cell screening and hybridoma-based antibody discovery technologies to provide comprehensive gene-to-antibody discovery services. Abveris is developing the next generation of biologics, cell therapies, vaccines, and diagnostics in partnership with global leaders in biopharma. Additional information about Abveris is available at www.ABVERIS.com.

 

Contact for Abveris:

Ryan Kelly

Director of Business Development

rkelly@abveris.com

781-562-1170 x1002

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Tips for Job Seekers From Our Hiring Team

By Haley Assner on 7/31/20 9:15 AM

Abveris is hiring and we want to help you get the job! Here are some guidelines from our hiring team to help you make your application stand out. Then, head over to our career page to apply!

The Job Search: CLICK TO APPLY

Online job postings receive floods of applications because of the convenience of applying through the internet. While applying to Abveris, please make sure to submit all required materials (incomplete applications not considered). It's important to follow up on positions that spark your interest. If you apply to Abveris and haven't heard back from us, contact us via phone or email.  Advocate for yourself and be patient while awaiting a response. 

Resume

Tailor your resume to the application and format it so that it is easy to read. We receive many applications and want to be able to identify key information quickly. Use a professional email address, a professional font like Times New Roman or Arial, and use action words in the past tense to describe your previous work experiences. Avoid using phrases like "responsibilities include" or words like "tries." Instead, use action words like "established," "prepared," "improved," etc.

"The most important tool you have on a resume is language" -Jay Samit

Cover Letter

Address specific reasons why you want to work at Abveris and directly indicate how your strengths align with our mission. Read through the job description and use your cover letter to explicitly show that you demonstrated each of the skills the job description lists. The same job experience can be used to illustrate vastly different abilities, depending on how you explain it.

The Interview

We hire people who make us excited to come to work. Interviews allow our team the opportunity to decide whether there is a good fit. We asked our team to list a few tips for our interviewees. Here's what they said:

  • Let your excitement for the job and the company shine! Research the company before your interview, test your understanding of the role, and brainstorm questions.  
  • Show us how your job experiences have prepared you to help bring our team to the next level. In your opinion, where are you strongest, and how can we best support you?
  • Help us understand what drives you as a person. Don't be afraid to show your personality! We are a small, tight-knit team, and we like to have fun together.

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Though stressful, job hunting can be a time of great excitement. Don't get discouraged on your journey to a new career. Our team values persistence, and we are looking forward to hearing from you!

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A Message From Abveris Founder Garren Hilow on the Promotion of Tracey Mullen to CEO

By Garren Hilow on 7/13/20 8:00 AM

When a leader has the innate ability to help those around them become better, stronger all while focusing on the future, those abilities are rewarded.

That is why, effective today, Tracey Mullen will take over as Chief Executive Officer of Abveris. This change allows me to focus more on strategic partnerships and business development as Chief Business Officer. This decision was entirely my -own and, as co-founder and primary business owner of Abveris, a choice I believe is the right direction for our company.

During Tracey’s tenure at Abveris she has been responsible for increasing our average monthly revenue by 160%, more than doubling our company headcount, and co-leading the implementation of the Beacon B cell screening platform. A native of Connecticut, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical-Biological Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and her Executive Masters of Business Administration from Quantic School of Business and Technology.

Abveris is a scientific company and should be led by an elite scientist. With a strong focus on cutting-edge science and engineering, we at Abveris have the ability to change the future of medicine. We are now on a path to ensure this is our legacy. As we move out of the startup stage it is time for a new leader who has the skills I deem most valuable for our future: scientific knowledge, operational excellence and courage.

Tracey is the most capable, talented, courageous and emotionally intelligent professional I have ever had the opportunity to know. She has earned the respect of everyone on our team and every one of our partners.  She is one of those rare leaders who makes everyone around her stronger and better — the rising tide that lifts all boats, not just a select few.

She is a glowing example of the next generation of leadership: a combination of subject matter expertise and sharp business acumen. There is a significant yet rare advantage in a leader like Tracey, who possesses an extensive understanding of our industry’s business operations as well as the intricate, technical details of our company’s work on the front lines.

I believe that a CEO should be the personification of her company’s brand. Tracey is Abveris personified: smart, hardworking, science-forward, deeply committed to success and fiercely competitive. I can’t think of a better embodiment of our premium, elite, yet approachable brand. Abveris has worked for years to hone the right brand, in the right market, with the right offering at the right time. Now that we have the right leader for the next phase of our company growth, we will move with more precision towards the opportunities that await us. 

Our business is, and has always been, to make quality biologic drugs. The antibodies we deliver will help cure disease and increase the quality of life globally. It is imperative that we continue to push ourselves as an organization to do the best job we possibly can so we can help make the world a better, healthier place. With Tracey making organization-wide decisions, Abveris will continue successfully fulfilling our mission to deliver the next generation of life-saving therapies.

In health and to our future,

Garren Hilow

Chief Business Officer, Cofounder

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Abveris beer: Get It While It's cold!

By Ryan Kelly on 6/30/20 8:59 AM

Made by mAb scientists, for mAb scientists
BEST ENJOYED AFTER A LONG DAY IN THE LAB

We teamed up with our neighbors at Castle Island Brewery to bring you specialty beers that mAb scientists are sure to love! Introducing mAb Scientist IPA and Six Pack mAbs Lager. Our team designed some hilarious labels and the Castle Island team came through with some delicious lager and IPA options. 

We'll be sending out cases of beer to our partners, but we also recognize many of you are working from home right now. Click below to provide your address information for us to send you some free brews! 

BEER CALL: ADD ME TO THE LIST!

mAb Scientist IPA: OUR FLAGSHIP BEER
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This beer is smooth but punchy; balanced yet intense. Despite the colossal amount of hops crammed into this beer, it’s still remarkably approachable for pros and rookies alike!

Our team held a naming competition for our flagship beer. After a close vote with many great names in the running, mAbScientist IPA rose to victory.  You may be asking: why does she have antibodies for hands? Fun fact: our monthly all-hands meeting is called "Monthly mAbs For Hands" after our all hands on approach to antibody discovery. 

MALTS: 2 ROW, VIENNA, CRYSTAL DEXTROSE

HOPS: SIMCOE, CASCADE

YEAST: HOUSE YEAST

Six Pack mAbs Lager: A SUMMER SPECIAL
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Whether you’re catching the game, conquering the trail, or walking in the door from your commute home, sometimes you just need a beer. Brewed distinctively for the everyday, this classic American Lager is light and crisp, and will have you reaching for another sip. So kick your feet up, breathe easy, and crack into a can of this liquid bliss."

This beer label speaks for itself. We all love the beach this time of the year, and we love showing off the muscles we've built while sitting on our butts all day at the biosafety cabinets. 

MALTS: PILSNER, BOHEMIAN WHEAT

HOPS: MAGNUM, RAKAU

YEAST: LAGER YEAST

About Abveris: 

Abveris is Boston's premier antibody discovery company providing contract research services to the biopharma industry. Abveris applies advanced immunization methods combined with B cell screening and hybridoma-based antibody discovery technologies to provide comprehensive gene-to-antibody discovery services. Abveris is developing the next generation of biologics, cell therapies, vaccines, and diagnostics in partnership with global leaders in biopharma. Additional information about Abveris is available at www.ABVERIS.com.

About Castle Island Brewery: 

Castle Island Brewery is based out of Norwood, Ma and can be found in fridges across New England. Their tasteful, easy to drink selection of beers is perfect for all beer drinkers from the beginner to the beer expert. Castle Island has their main staples, including the Keeper, American Lager, White Ale and CandlePin but they are always making new exciting beers to keep up with their loyal customers evolving tastes! Check out more on their website: www.castleislandbeer.com

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