A technology partnership between the Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA) and the Center for Immunotherapeutic Development at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) established a technology partnership called ExperImmune, which seeks a new concept for business-driven academic commercialization.
ExperImmune is an immunology centric corporate entity formed to provide third-party validation services, product development and due diligence to support technologies like those found at TTUHSC and other academic-based institutions.
It also provides services to small and large biotechnology companies, major pharmaceutical companies and investment groups, explained Jon Weidanz, Ph.D., ExperImmune’s chief scientist and founding director, also professor and chair for the Department of Immunotherapeutics and Biotechnology at TTHUSC School of Pharmacy in Abilene.
“We provide the transition between research and development,” Weidanz said in a press release from TTUHSC. “This is an exciting opportunity for ExperImmune to be a research and development partner to address the immunology and related needs of academia and the biotech industry,” he added.
Through its 24,000-square-foot space inside Abilene Laboratories, ExperImmune has access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and clean room facilities to perform immune-based assay design and biopharmaceutical development and production for pre-clinical validation. In addition to immunodiagnostic and immunotherapeutic development, ExperImmune offers pre-clinical in-vitro and in-vivo efficacy models for oncology, pharmacokinetic and immunogenicity studies.
ExperImmune’s research and development team members come from diverse backgrounds and fields of expertise. Though their focus lies within the immunology field, team scientists have extensive experience in cancer biology, infectious disease, molecular and cellular immunology, proteomics and biomaterial science.
In addition to their contract services, Weidanz said ExperImmune is preparing to launch a product line of monoclonal antibodies for research purposes across a range of disciplines, including cancer, autoimmunity and infectious disease. The company is also developing a propriety method to allow detection of antigen-specific T cells and B cells from mouse and human samples.
Weidanz concludes that partnerships with the DCOA and TTUHSC allow ExperImmune to operate with low overhead and gives the company the flexibility to offer services at a relatively low cost, maximize research dollars and provide customers with a personalized approach.
About the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Beginning in 1969 as Texas Tech University School of Medicine, today TTUHSC is a seven-school university located in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa. It has trained more than 10,000 health care professionals, and it meets the health care needs of more than 2.5 million people who live throughout a vast 108-county are stretching from the Texas Panhandle south to the Permian Basin and west into Eastern New Mexico.
Visit ExperImmune’s website to learn more about the company.