ROCKVILLE, Md. and SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Synthetic Biologics, Inc. (NYSE Amex: SYN), a developer of synthetic biologics and innovative medicines for unmet medical needs, and Intrexon Corporation (Intrexon), a synthetic biology company that utilizes its proprietary technologies to provide control over cellular function, today entered into a second worldwide exclusive channel collaboration through which Synthetic Biologics intends to develop and commercialize a series of monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapies for the treatment of certain infectious diseases not adequately addressed by existing therapies. Utilizing Intrexon's comprehensive suite of proprietary technologies, including the mAbLogix™ platform for rapid discovery of fully human mAbs, Synthetic Biologics' initial efforts will target three infectious disease indications. The collaboration may optionally be expanded to include up to an additional five infectious disease indications. Synthetic Biologics intends to disclose selected indications from time to time as business and commercial considerations dictate.
Jeffrey Riley, Chief Executive Officer of Synthetic Biologics, Inc., stated, "Through this second worldwide exclusive collaboration, we are pleased to strengthen our relationship with Intrexon and develop new therapeutics for unmet medical needs, in an effort to build value for our shareholders. Intrexon has state-of-the-art technologies and efficient processes that have tremendous potential for the production of a broad spectrum of fully human antibodies. This expanded relationship gives us access to this paradigm-changing platform."
Saiid Zarrabian, President of Intrexon's Protein Production Division, said, "We are very pleased to expand our relationship with Synthetic Biologics. Intrexon is committed to building a molecular toolkit and the scientific expertise needed to take on the challenges of developing new treatments for unmet medical needs. Intrexon's collaboration with Synthetic Biologics represents the culmination of important acquired and internally developed technologies. Intrexon's core technology, the UltraVector® platform for design, construction, and testing of genetic components, integrated with the mAbLogix™ platform for in vitro B‑cell library production and the LEAP™ cell processing station, will allow for the rapid end-to-end development from fully human antibody discovery to therapeutic."
Mr. Riley concluded, "We look forward to applying Intrexon's competencies to the development of a series of monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of infectious diseases that take a tremendous worldwide toll on human life, and to disclosing more about our discovery targets in the near future."