Abzena's History - Abzena

Company History

Abzena incorporates the businesses of Antitope, PacificGMP, PolyTherics, The Chemistry Research Solution (TCRS) and Warwick Effect Polymers, all of which now trade as Abzena.

2001 – PolyTherics founded by Imperial College London & the School of Pharmacy, University of London (now part of University College, London). The founding scientists were Steve Brocchini and Sunil Shaunak

2001 – Warwick Effect Polymers founded by David Haddleton as a spin-out from the University of Warwick

2004 – Antitope founded by Matt Baker and Frank Carr offering specialist immunogenicity and protein deimmunisation services

2005 – PacificGMP founded by Leigh and Gary Pierce

2009 – TCRS founded by Naresh Jain and Michael Kirkup

2012 – PolyTherics acquires Warwick Effect Polymers adding low viscosity polymers for half-life extension to its offering

2013 – PolyTherics acquires Antitope

2014 – Abzena plc formed as group holding company and lists on London Stock Exchange AIM market raising £20 million

2014 – Abzena relocates its headquarters from London to Cambridge (UK)

September 2015 – Abzena acquires PacificGMP in San Diego (US) adding process development and GMP manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals for clinical studies

December 2015 – Abzena acquires TCRS in Bristol near Philadelphia (US) adding chemistry services including antibody drug conjugate (ADC) manufacturing and raises £20 million in a private placement

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