AbCellera and Moderna Team Up to Develop Antibody Therapies

By Reuters Staff

September 16, 2021

(Reuters) - Peter Thiel-backed AbCellera Biologics Inc said on Wednesday it had entered a multi-year agreement with COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna Inc to develop antibody therapies for multiple diseases.

The biotech company said Moderna would have rights to develop and sell the antibodies, based on its mRNA technology, resulting from the collaboration.

AbCellera will receive research payments and is eligible to receive milestone payments as well as royalties on the sales of the antibodies, it said.

Last year, AbCellera partnered with drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co to develop antibody products for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19.

The companies co-developed bamlanivimab, an antibody which is currently being used with a second Lilly antibody called etesevimab to treat mild to moderate COVID-19.