IONTAS was founded by John McCafferty the co-discoverer of antibody phage display for which Professor Greg Winter was awarded the Nobel prize in Chemistry in 2018. The company began operations in October 2012 by offering antibody discovery services via phage display. From the outset the company re-invested profits to increase the efficiency of antibody drug discovery process and to develop other display technologies. This resulted in the development of Mammalian Display, a novel platform for identifying high affinity, developable lead antibody candidates.
FairJourney Biologics and IONTAS combined capabilities in 2020 as a fee for service antibody discovery company. The combined operations allow a complete offering around antibody discovery. Uses fully validated naïve libraries with parallel immune approaches and the unrivaled mammalian display technology to optimise antibody discovery research. The team of more than 100 scientists, anchored in a high-profile network of advisors, has successfully completed more than 500 projects, with over 100 biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
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