Creating high-performance antibodies
Antibodies are proteins made by the body when exposed to unknown foreign substances, such as viruses. They are recognizable by their distinctive Y-shape and each antibody binds to a very specific part of the foreign substance, known as an antigen.
Developing a high-performance antibody with the desired features, such as specificity (the ability of an antibody to bind only to its target protein) and affinity (the strength with which an antibody binds to its target protein) and consistency, is challenging. To do this efficiently at scale requires extensive protein and cell-engineering skills and know-how.