A cluster of recent deals indicates just how hot antibodies are right now, and also hints at some old difficulties and new opportunities in the field.
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EPIcyte has licensed patents from the Scripps Research Institute covering new methods of human antibody production in plants that can lower costs up to 100 fold. The company is also developing proprietary products based on its technology, initially, an anti-herpes prophylactic and a contraceptive based on an anti-sperm antibody.
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