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Abcam and SomaServe partnership

Abcam and SomaServe announce comprehensive partnership to realise the
potential of PolyNaut® ‘bionic’ nanoparticles for delivery to live cells. 

• Commercialise novel cell delivery platform technology
• Develop novel delivery methods for research applications
• Revolutionise utility of live cell imaging to explore disease

Cambridge, UK, – 17 December 2019: Abcam plc, a global innovator in life science reagents and
tools, and SomaServe Ltd, a Pharma service and specialist reagent business exploiting PolyNaut®
Technology, have announced a partnership to commercialise the cell delivery potential of the
polymer-based ‘bionic’ nanoparticles, which can carry a range of payloads directly to live cells.

Dr Fran Crawford, CEO, SomaServe, commented: “Abcam’s reputation as an innovator in the field of
biological reagents and dedicated global commercialisation infrastructure, coupled with their
transparent and collegiate partnership approach, made them the standout choice as our
development and commercialisation partner for the PolyNaut® Technology platform. We are
excited to be working together to maximise the potential of our innovative delivery platform for
research and diagnostic applications.”

Dr Cheri Walker, SVP Corporate Development, Abcam, added: “Investing in innovative ideas and
platform technologies, and supporting these through to global commercialization, is a key element
of our growth strategy. Our industry expertise and co-location in major technology hubs throughout
the world, enables our partners to rapidly get their innovations into the hands of the global research
community. Our objective is to partner, fund and commercialize early stage technologies which have
the promise to improve and accelerate research. And ultimately to contribute to advancing the
understanding of biology and cause of disease, which enables new treatments and improved health

The collaboration will initially focus on the development and global commercialisation of a suite of
CelLuminate dyes, specifically created to revolutionise live cell imaging by enabling cells to remain
functional and viable for up to 14 days. This crucial reduction in toxicity gives users the ability to
thoroughly probe and analyse their cells, enabling them to achieve deeper insights and advance
their understanding.

Beyond improving and enhancing live cell imaging, the team will work together to expand the
delivery and assay options of the platform, including optimising its potential in combination with
antibodies and other technologies. In addition to the commercial partnership, Abcam has invested in
SomaServe’s seed round to help accelerate the development of an innovative market leading
platform for research, diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

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