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Aptamer Group opens new state-of-the-art laboratories
New facilities will support the increased demand for Optimer technology
Aptamer Group plc, the developer of novel Optimer® binders to enable innovation in the life sciences industry, announces that it has opened its new facilities in York Science Park, UK, that will enable it to meet the increasing demand for Optimer technology.
The eminent neuroscience researcher Baroness Susan Greenfield opened the new 18,000 sqft site on November 25th with York Central’s MP Rachel Maskell also present at the event. The visitors received a tour of the new premises, including containment level 1 and 2 laboratories, with a presentation from Baroness Greenfield regarding scientific discovery within growing biotech companies.
Aptamer’s new facilities have tripled the Company’s previous footprint helping to expand the capacity of its proprietary Optimer platform to deliver novel binders for researchers across the bioprocessing, diagnostic, and drug development sectors. In addition to Optimer discovery and development, a portion of the new lab space will be dedicated to validation and assay development to provide turnkey solutions for its partners.
Optimer binders are next-generation aptamers that can be used as synthetic antibody alternatives. They offer key benefits of smaller size, reduced immunogenicity, increased stability and ethical compliance as their discovery, development, and manufacture are animal-free. These binders are enabling researchers to pursue new targets and applications, such as targeted drug delivery, that have previously proven intractable with protein-based technologies.
"We are excited to move to the new purpose-developed site for Aptamer Group. This will enable us to keep up with the increased demand for our Optimer technology and the growth of the team at our new larger lab and office facilities," commented Dr Arron Tolley, Chief Executive Officer of Aptamer Group.
Baroness Susan Greenfield, visiting Aptamer's new site today, said: "I'm delighted to support a British company, clearly flourishing with an exciting new technology!"
Dr Arron Tolley continued: "This expansion will mean Aptamer is able to work on larger-scale projects that can be processed faster to support our partners with Optimers as a robust and much-needed alternative to antibodies."
Aptamer Group develops custom affinity binders through its proprietary Optimer® platform to enable new approaches in therapeutics, diagnostics and research applications. The Company strives to deliver transformational solutions that meet the needs of life science researchers and developers through its proprietary Optimer® platform.
Optimer® binders are oligonucleotide affinity ligands that can serve as antibody alternatives in a variety of applications across different life science sectors. The global antibody market is currently worth over $145.0 billion. Optimer® binders are engineered to address many of the issues found with alternative affinity molecules, such as antibodies, and offer new, innovative solutions to bioprocessing, diagnostic and pharmaceutical scientists.
Aptamer Group has successfully delivered projects for global pharma companies, diagnostic development companies, and research institutes covering a range of targets and applications with the objective of establishing royalty-bearing licenses. Through the Optimer® technology and processes, scientists and collaborators can make faster, more informed decisions to support discovery and development across the Life Sciences.