GigaGen Announces Appointment of Erica Stone, Ph.D., as Director, Immuno-Oncology

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GigaGen Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing novel antibody therapies, today announced that Erica Stone, Ph.D., has joined the company as director, immuno-oncology.

“We welcome award-winning immunologist Dr. Stone to the GigaGen team,” said Dave Johnson, Ph.D., CEO of GigaGen. “Dr. Stone brings with her a deep understanding of the tumor microenvironment and checkpoint inhibitors that is perfectly paired with our novel antibody discovery and engineering platform, Surge. Surge enables us to uncover new antibodies that have historically been missed by traditional discovery methods such as hybridoma, and with Dr. Stone’s expertise we look forward to identifying immuno-oncology drug candidates with the greatest potential to improve patient treatment.”

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GigaGen CEO David Johnson to Present at 2018 Antibody Engineering & Therapeutics Meeting

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GigaGen Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing novel antibody therapies, today announced that David Johnson, Ph.D., chief executive officer, will present at the 2018 Antibody Engineering & Therapeutics Meeting. Dr. Johnson’s presentation will take place at 3:15 p.m. PST on December 9, 2018, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Calif.

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GigaGen CEO David Johnson to Present on Development of Recombinant Polyclonal Therapies for Infectious Disease at 10th Annual PEGS Summit Europe

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GigaGen Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing novel antibody therapies, today announced that David Johnson, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer, will present on the development of highly diverse, functional antibodies for infectious disease utilizing Surge technology at the 10th Annual Protein & Antibody Engineering Summit (PEGS) in Europe. Dr. Johnson’s invited podium presentation is titled “Microfluidics and Genomics for Polyclonal and Monoclonal Antibody Drugs for Infectious Disease” and will take place during the Engineering Antibodies conference at 11:15 a.m. GMT on November 13, 2018, at the Libson Congress Center in Libson, Portugal.

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GigaGen to Present Data on Immuno-Oncology Pipeline at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) 2018 Annual Meeting

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GigaGen Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing novel antibody therapies, today announced a data presentation at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC). Adam Adler, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Development, will present on the antibody drug candidates discovered by the company’s industry-leading Surge technology against 17 unique immuno-oncology targets. The conference takes place November 7-11, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News: Microfluidic dragnet catches most-wanted antibodies – GigaGen exhaustively interrogates antibodies to find drug candidates

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“Scrappy.” That’s a one-word summation of GigaGen’s approach to both the business and science of biotech.

“When you’re a new company, you have to be scrappy and clever. When I founded GigaGen in 2011, I didn’t have a big war chest of money, so I had to find a way to be competitive. That’s central for survival,” says Dave Johnson, Ph.D., CEO of GigaGen.

Surge Workflow Performs Complete Interrogation

“Competitive” means “innovative” to Dr. Johnson. That drive to innovate resulted in a proprietary workflow called Surge, which he says not only interrogates every antibody in the immune system, but does it 10 times faster than other technologies.
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GigaGen to Present Data on Recombinant Hyperimmune Gammaglobulin at the 18th Biennial Meeting of the European Society for Immunodeficiencies

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GigaGen Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing novel antibody therapies, today announced a data presentation at the 18th Biennial Meeting of the European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID). Rena Mizrahi, Ph.D., director of protein engineering, will present on the company’s proprietary recombinant hyperimmune gammaglobulin program. The conference takes place October 24-27, 2018, at the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa in Libson, Portugal.

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Drug Discovery News: GigaGen CEO Dave Johnson, PhD, discusses I/O product development and impact of NIH grant support on company growth

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a household name in the drug discovery and development industry. Among the NIH’s many recipients is South San Francisco, Calif.-based GigaGen, a biotherapeutics company. GigaGen’s CEO, Dr. Dave Johnson, took some time to talk with us about how NIH funding and participation in the I-Corps commercialization program helped the company build momentum and secure additional funding and partner support.

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GigaGen CEO Dave Johnson interviewed by Moira Gunn on Biotech Nation Radio

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Listen to Moira Gunn’s interview with GigaGen CEO Dave Johnson, PhD, on developing next generation I/O drugs to fight cancer on  Biotech Nation Radio

Drug Development and Delivery: GigaGen CEO Dave Johnson discusses Why Understanding Immune Dysregulation is the Key to Drug Development

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Antibodies have been used since the late 1980s as therapies to treat serious diseases, and demand is soaring to new heights today. However, conventional antibody drug discovery technologies are labor-intensive and slow. Pharmaceutical companies select drug candidates from just a small fraction of the antibodies that exist in a natural immune repertoire and have limited information on which candidates are the most promising. Additionally, identification and selection of drug targets remain an arduous process because conventional approaches to studying the immune system are not comprehensive. GigaGen Inc., based in South San Francisco, CA, has developed a unique insight into immune dysregulation through a proprietary technology known as Surge – a platform that quickly characterizes every cell in complex immune systems so that natural immune repertoires can be translated into medical treatments. The technology powers selection of drug targets, identification of drug candidates, and preclinical assessment of efficacy. GigaGen is using their insight into how the immune system functions to discover and develop drugs that solve disorders of immune dysregulation, including cancer and immune deficiency.

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GigaGen Announces Appointment of Sheila M. Keating, Ph.D., as Director, Immunology

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GigaGen Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing novel antibody therapies, today announced that Sheila M. Keating, Ph.D., has joined the company as Director, Immunology. Dr. Keating will lead clinical development of GigaGen’s recombinant hyperimmune gammaglobulin product in collaboration with pharmaceutical partner Grifols. 

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