Can Biotech make Antivenoms Better and Cheaper with Antibodies?

| February 10, 2017

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Recombinant antibodies have yet to be applied to the treatment of snakebites, a neglected tropical ‘disease.’ Researchers from Denmark investigated the technology and cost of this novel approach in biotech. Bites from venomous snakes are a major public health problem in tropical areas, where  2 to 3 million people are affected every year and an estimated 100,000 die. Published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, a study says recombinant antivenoms may be the solution. Andreas Laustsen, co-founder of VenomAb also known as ‘Snake-Bite Jesus’ from Labiotech Refresh, and his coworkers outlined how to make these synthetic antibodies cost-effective via various manufacturing strategies.

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