Hummingbird Bioscience and Synaffix Enter License Agreement to Develop a Next Generation Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) Program

04 January 2023 | Wednesday | News

Synaffix to provide Hummingbird Bioscience access to proprietary ADC technologies Synaffix to receive up to $150m in upfront and milestone payments plus royalties

Synaffix B.V. (Synaffix), a biotechnology company focused on commercializing its clinical-stage platform technology for the development of antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) with best-in-class therapeutic index, and Hummingbird Bioscience (Hummingbird Bio), a data-driven precision biotherapeutics company using its Rational Antibody Discovery (RAD) platform to discover and engineer antibodies against optimal yet elusive epitopes, thereby unlocking novel mechanisms of action, today announced that they entered into a licensing agreement that will enable Hummingbird Bio to develop a next generation ADC program using Synaffix technology.

Under the terms of the agreement, Synaffix will be eligible to receive up to $150 million, including upfront and milestone payments, plus royalties on net sales. For the target licensed, Hummingbird Bio is granted rights to utilize Synaffix proprietary ADC technologies GlycoConnect™ and HydraSpace™, in combination with select toxSYN™ linker-payloads.

Peter van de Sande, Chief Executive Officer of Synaffix, said: “We are pleased to once again be able to strengthen a partner’s pipeline with our innovative ADC technologies. By combining our cutting-edge ADC technology platform with Hummingbird Bio’s next-generation portfolio of precision therapeutics we can further contribute towards the transformation of cancer treatment.”

“Hummingbird Bio’s RAD platform generates high affinity antibodies against unique epitopes on hard targets, potentially unlocking novel mechanisms of action. We believe that, by combining Synaffix’s ADC technologies with our antibodies, we have the potential to create best-in-class ADCs.” said Piers Ingram, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Hummingbird Bio. “We are excited by the potential of this partnership and look forward to sharing additional updates on our ADC efforts throughout 2023.”


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