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Functional Assays: Narrowing the Field from Binders to Therapeutic Candidates

By Joshua Lowitz on 06/28/2021

Candidate ID: How to go from hits to lead candidates

We tend to think of antibodies as being defined by their specificity and affinity to a particular antigen. Of equal importance, however, are the functional activities of an antibody upon antigen binding. All are valuable to the discovery of therapeutic antibodies, where the goal is to have a drug that can react with a specific disease target and modify its role in the disease. We describe in this post the types of assays and strategies used to identify the most promising therapeutic antibody candidates.

Topics: antibody discovery Therapeutic Targets immunoassays Functional Assays