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Meet the Team: Haley Wagner

By Madeleine Carbonneau on 10/1/19 8:09 AM

HaleyWagner October 1, 2019 - Our team is comprised of creative, friendly, mission-focused antibody enthusiasts who take pride in discovery science. This summer, Abveris will be featuring all of our team members on our blog to showcase the personalities that make our team a community. Twice a week, tune in to learn more about members of our team and see what they do inside and outside of work.

Haley Wagner
Research Associate 
Q: What excites you about science?

A: I’m excited by how you can use science to help people and cure illnesses, the endless possibilities, the creativity aspect combined with the critical thinking aspect, understanding how things work, and discovering and learning new things constantly.

Q: What is your favorite fun fact?

A: Kindness is contagious.

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: I like to cook, bake (and decorate), crafts and DIY, adventure with my chameleon, crossfit, run, hike, and explore state parks, blog, research/read about scientific topics and journal articles to improve my understanding and to be able to think of my own experiments, spend time with my Nana and Papa, guitar, hiking, biking, sell painted shells for charity, throw knives, and sew.

Q: What is the coolest thing you have done at Abveris or what is your favorite memory of working here?

A: It's really hard to choose just one. My favorite part of Abveris is working with such incredible people. I have a favorite memory with each person specifically, but my favorite memory as a group is the company party because I got to introduce my blood family to my work family. The coolest things I have done is a tie between getting the opportunity to attend and present at PEGS, getting to decorate the lab/office areas, when we troubleshoot and are able to get good sequence results from a difficult clone, and I'm extra excited about being able to contribute to develop ion channel antibodies.

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Meet the Team: Garren Hilow

By Matthew Bartolucci on 8/29/19 10:26 AM

GarrenHilow-1 August 29, 2019 - Our team is comprised of creative, friendly, mission-focused antibody enthusiasts who take pride in discovery science. This summer, Abveris will be featuring all of our team members on our blog to showcase the personalities that make our team a community. Tune in to learn more about members of our team and see what they do inside and outside of work.

Garren Hilow
CEO
Q: What excites you about science?

A: The direct application of biology to improve the health of people is very exciting and it's what we do here every day.

Q: Share a fun fact about you?

A: I once made extra money in college by selling balloon animals in the Downtown Crossing T station.

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: I like to spend time with my wife and young son, mountain biking, and fishing.

Q: What is the coolest thing you have done at Abveris or what is your favorite memory of working here?

A: We have made a few antibodies that have gone on to be leads for our partners and have gone on to clinical trials. That direct application of our work to improving the health of our fellow humans is the coolest work I've done in my life.

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CSO of Abveris, Colby Souders, Ph.D., to Present at Discovery On Target 2019

By Ryan Kelly on 8/22/19 9:07 AM

August 22, 2019 – Boston, MA – Representatives from Abveris will attend the 17th Annual Discovery On Target Conference, September 16-19, 2019, in Boston, MA. Colby Souders, Chief Scientific Officer of Abveris, will serve as chairperson for the Antibody Engineering and Development Forum and present "Screening Tools for Early Prediction of Development and Clinical Success" at 3:40PM on Thursday, September 19. An abstract for the presentation is listed below.

Click here to schedule an appointment with the Abveris team during the conference.
Abstract:

As industry-wide advancements in antibody drug discovery continue to push toward larger panels of candidates for early-stage characterization, more efficient identification of lead molecules through enhanced screening resolution is required. Integrating tools and methods into the overall characterization workflow enables reliable, high throughput selection of lead candidates more effectively than alternative traditional techniques. Comparisons across platforms, including traditional ELISA, flow cytometry, Octet and in vivo studies will be presented that provide enhanced prediction of downstream development and clinical success.

About Discovery On Target:

The 17th Annual Discovery on Target (DOT), the industry’s preeminent event on novel drug targets and technologies, will convene over 1,300 drug discovery professionals in Boston, MA, on September 16-19, 2019. This event highlights advances in current and emerging “hot” targets and technologies, as well as target validation strategies for the discovery and development of novel therapeutic agents, ranging from biologics to small molecules.

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Abveris and Geneious Biologics Collaborate to Advance Antibody NGS Data Analysis

By Travis LeGuyader on 8/12/19 8:01 AM

Canton, MA, USA – August 12, 2019 – Boston-based antibody discovery services company Abveris has partnered with Biomatters to incorporate the Geneious Biologics data analysis platform into their antibody discovery workflow. In collaboration, a new Single Clone Antibody Annotator pipeline has been developed.

With a rapidly growing customer base and a wide range of antibody discovery services, Abveris plans to leverage the Geneious Biologics platform as a premium hub for bioinformatics and computer programming capabilities.

"The Geneious team has done an excellent job accommodating our specific data resulting in a streamlined, high-throughput workflow that produces accurate data and operates efficiently without the need to integrate multiple bioinformatics platforms," remarked Dr. Colby Souders, Chief Technology Officer at Abveris. "We look forward to continuously improving the platform and its integration into our workflow to combine sequence analytics with metadata and assay data to accelerate candidate selection."

The Geneious team worked closely with Abveris to optimize and enhance the handling of their antibody NGS data. Jannick Bendtsen, VP Technology Services at Geneious, commented, "Abveris is at the cutting edge of antibody drug discovery; they are pushing the boundaries of science and technology. To have Colby and the team select Geneious Biologics is a great honor and a great compliment. We collaborated to integrate our Single Clone Antibody Annotator Pipeline, and it now runs out of the box. It's all about speed and accuracy in the discovery process."

About Abveris: Abveris is a premium Boston-area contract research organization specializing in antibody discovery. Abveris partners with large and small biopharmaceutical companies to discover novel therapeutic products and critical reagent antibodies using diverse platforms, including the proprietary DiversimAb™ hyperimmune mouse technology. Additional information about Abveris is available at https://www.abveris.com.

About Geneious and Biomatters: Biomatters empowers its customers with software that transforms biological data into knowledge and actionable insights across the spectrum of biotechnology research and development, including drug discovery, protein engineering, and advanced comparative analysis of DNA, RNA, and protein sequences. Geneious solutions are created from a deep understanding of customer experience to turn the difficult into the intuitive and easy. Geneious is trusted by over 4,000 companies, universities, and institutes all over the globe. Additional information about Geneious is available at https://www.geneious.com.

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Meet the Team: Jen Walker

By Madeleine Carbonneau on 8/6/19 10:30 AM

JenWalker August 6, 2019 - Our team is comprised of creative, friendly, mission-focused antibody enthusiasts who take pride in discovery science. This summer, Abveris will be featuring all of our team members on our blog to showcase the personalities that make our team a community. Twice a week, tune in to learn more about members of our team and see what they do inside and outside of work.

Jen Walker 
Associate Director of Antibody Discovery Operations 
 
Q: What excites you about science?

A: Science helps us interrogate and understand our world, and by its very nature uncovers more questions with each answer. What could be cooler than that?!

 

Q: What is your favorite fun fact?

A: Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey.



Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: In my free time I spend time with my family and friends, work in my gardens, and volunteer as an advocate for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer's Disease.

 

Q: What is the coolest thing you have done at Abveris or what is your favorite memory of working here?

A: I am very new to Abveris but it's already been a lot of fun! Here's a shout-out to the arrival of the Beacon, the barbeques, hibachi lunches and the on-going Corn Hole tournament (which has proved itself to be epic).

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Abveris and Lava Therapeutics Announce Antibody Discovery Collaboration

By Madeleine Carbonneau on 7/29/19 9:01 AM

Canton, MA, July 29, 2019 - Abveris, Inc., a leader in contract research antibody discovery, today announced that it has entered into a collaborative agreement with Lava Therapeutics BV, a biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation T cell engager therapies. Under the terms of the agreement, Abveris will leverage its proprietary technology to develop critical reagent antibodies to support assay development for bispecific antibody γδ T cell engagers selected by Lava Therapeutics.

“The Abveris team is pleased to be working with Lava to accelerate the path to clinical development for their lead compound,” commented Ryan Kelly, Director of Business Development at Abveris. “We apply our proprietary hyperimmune platform to deliver consistent results for diverse biotherapeutic molecule formats. We look forward to working with the Lava Therapeutics team to help advance their γδ T cell engaging bispecific molecules.”

“We are delighted to enter a collaboration with Abveris on the generation of high-quality antibodies as critical reagents in our drug development programs of bispecific γδ T cell engagers. The use of the Abveris hyperimmune platform will enable the accelerated development of advanced (non-)clinical assays for our programs.” said Ton Adang, Senior VP and CDO of Lava Therapeutics B.V.

About Abveris:

Abveris is a premium Boston-area contract research organization specializing in antibody discovery. Abveris partners with large and small biopharmaceutical companies to discover novel therapeutic products and critical reagent antibodies using diverse platforms, including the proprietary DiversimAb™ hyperimmune mouse technology. Additional information about Abveris is available at www.abveris.com.

About Lava Therapeutics:

Lava Therapeutics’ proprietary platform is focused on developing next-generation γδ T cell engaging bispecific antibodies to treat cancer. Lava’s vision is to develop therapeutics for the curative treatment of cancer. For more information, please visit www.lavatherapeutics.com.

 

Contact for Abveris:

Garren Hilow

contact@abverisantibody.com

+1 781-562-1170

Contact for Lava Therapeutics:

Erik Ensing

e.ensing@lavatherapeutics.com

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Meet the Team: Justin Gabriel

By Matthew Bartolucci on 7/24/19 10:30 AM

 


Justin Gabriel 

Research Associate - Lead TC

July 24, 2019 - Our team is comprised of creative, friendly, mission-focused antibody enthusiasts who take pride in discovery science. This summer, Abveris will be featuring all of our team members on our blog to showcase the personalities that make our team a community. Twice a week, tune in to learn more about members of our team and see what they do inside and outside of work.JustinGabriel

 

Q: What excites you about science?

A: It never ends! I think the most fascinating aspect of science is the fact that we've been studying the world around us for so long and there's still an unfathomably immense amount of ground to cover.

 

Q: What is your favorite fun fact?

A: Under normal atmospheric pressure/conditions (on Earth), water molecules move from their liquid to gaseous phase at ~720 m/s!!!

 

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: Everything! Racing drones, ride my motorcycle, work on my car, disc golf, going to the gym. I'd try almost anything once!

 

Q: What is the coolest thing you have done at Abveris/what is your favorite memory of working here?

A: I believe the"coolest" aspect of working here at Abveris is getting exposure to all different aspects of antibody production while getting the opportunity to work alongside some amazing people. I truly do love coming to work everyday and am very grateful for every opportunity this company has given me.

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Meet the Team: Ryan Kelly

By Matthew Bartolucci on 7/16/19 10:30 AM

RyanKelly July 16, 2019 - Our team is comprised of creative, friendly, mission-focused antibody enthusiasts who take pride in discovery science. This summer, Abveris will be featuring all of our team members on our blog to showcase the personalities that make our team a community. Twice a week, tune in to learn more about members of our team and see what they do inside and outside of work.

Ryan Kelly

Director of Business Development

Q: What excites you about science?

A: Scientific understanding unlocks a whole new sensory experience that extends beyond vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

Q: What is your favorite fun fact?

A: Polar bears don't actually have white fur. Also, they can run at 25 MPH.  Also, they are terrifying!

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: During my free time, I'm often found in the mountains. I'm a fan of hiking (during any season!) and I'm a member of a ski club. Also, I have a huge, loving Boston Irish family, so there's a good chance you'll find me hanging out with them.

Q: What is the coolest thing you have done at Abveris or what is your favorite memory of working here?

A: During my time at Abveris, I've watched our team grow almost 10x in size. It has been an exciting adventure!  In my job, I get to interact directly with biopharma scientists from all over the globe. These relationships are what get me excited to get out of bed every morning.

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Meet the Team: Brendan Greamo

By Matthew Bartolucci on 7/12/19 11:04 AM

BrendanGreamo July 12, 2019 - Our team is comprised of creative, friendly, mission-focused antibody enthusiasts who take pride in discovery science. This summer, Abveris will be featuring all of our team members on our blog to showcase the personalities that make our team a community. Twice a week, tune in to learn more about members of our team and see what they do inside and outside of work.

Brendan Greamo

Research Associate 

Q: What excites you about science?

A: I love understanding how things work, and watching this understanding be used to gain an even better grasp of how nature works. 

Q: What is your favorite fun fact?

A: Birds are dinosaurs.

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: I like to feed my salamander and play basketball.

Q: What is the coolest thing you have done at Abveris or what is your favorite memory of working here?

A:  The coolest thing I have done is to generate Abveris' largest ever batch of purified antibody... next stop:  1 gram!

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Meet the Team: Summer Interns

By Ryan Kelly on 7/9/19 10:30 AM

July 9, 2019 - Our team is comprised of creative, friendly, mission-focused antibody enthusiasts who take pride in discovery science. This summer, Abveris will be featuring all of our team members on our blog to showcase the personalities that make our team a community. Twice a week, tune in to learn more about members of our team and see what they do inside and outside of work.

 

Matthew Bartolucci - Business Development Intern

MattBartolocci

 

Q: What excites you about science?

A: Science allows for all our our greatest questions to be answered. With the world always changing and evolving, our science is the way that we are able to adapt as a society and prepare for the world ahead.

Q: What is your favorite fun fact?

A: Garren, our CEO, and I have both play/played college ultimate frisbee for Bentley University's Icehouse

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: Hanging out with friends, playing ultimate frisbee, slow-pitch softball and basketball!

Q: What is the coolest thing you have done at Abveris or what is your favorite memory of working here?

A: I love the start-up culture! One minute, I am helping with our marketing tasks, and the next, I am helping others take out the garbage. Everyone pitches in and embraces the culture! 

 

Madeleine Carbonneau - Business Development Intern

 

MaddyCarbonneau

Q: What excites you about science?

A: There is still so much to discover! Every generation of scientists has the opportunity to make fantastic and revolutionary contributions.

Q: What is your favorite fun fact?

A: The national animal of Scotland is a unicorn.

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: I like to run, drink coffee, and travel.

Q: What is the coolest thing you have done at Abveris or what is your favorite memory of working here?

A: The coolest thing I have done at Abveris is working on the back end of the website. It is really cool to see how different languages, programs, and software work together. Also, the people working at Abveris are all really great and committed to their work which makes working here all the more enjoyable.

 

Tadhg Daly - Lab Intern

 

TadhgDaley

Q: What excites you about science?

A: The pursuit of knowing more than I did yesterday

Q: What is your favorite fun fact?

A: Sloths can hold their breath longer than dolphins can.

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: I like to collect retro video games and merchandise as well as play games with my friends.

Q: What is the coolest thing you have done at Abveris or what is your favorite memory of working here?

A: Assisting in protein purifications and being responsible for my own cell cultures for others to use in fusions

 

Kelly Rothenberger - Lab Intern

 

KellyRothenberger

Q: What excites you about science?

A: The possibility for discovering new concepts and that can help people in the future. Especially on the industry side, where creating exciting new things, (such as antibodies) can aid those who are using the new drug products to fight against different diseases. The exponential growth of the biotechnology industry is exciting and I cannot wait to see what I will be apart of in my future!

Q: What is your favorite fun fact?

A: When helium is cooled to almost absolute zero, it becomes a liquid, flowing against gravity and can start running up and over the lip of a glass container.

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: I mostly enjoy to workout as often as I can, and I also horseback ride when possible.

Q: What is the coolest thing you have done at Abveris or what is your favorite memory of working here?

A: Watching my first fusion (done by Justin) on my 6th day of interning! I am so excited to make more memories!!

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