Agilent Technologies announced in July 2017 that Ram Sasisekharan, Ph.D. is the recipient of an Agilent Thought Leader Award in recognition of his contributions in the biologics characterization field.
Since the usual timeframe, from discovery to human clinical trials, to develop biopharmaceuticals can be up to several years, more efficient development of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against cancer targets and emerging pathogens is becoming critical. This award will help Dr. Sasisekharan and his lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) continue to evolve their approach, which aims to shorten the development time between product ‘design’ to the clinic. The proposed approach characterizes and optimizes the product and process in a highly rich, parallel, multilayered fashion. To enable this new paradigm, the Sasisekharan team will use Agilent’s 6545XT AdvanceBio LC/Q-TOF System, AssayMAP Bravo Platform (sample preparation solution), 1260 Infinity II Bio-Inert LC System combined with the 1290 Infinity II LC System, and MassHunter software.
Dr. Sasisekharan, Alfred H. Caspary Professor of Biological Engineering & Health Sciences and Technology, in the Department of Bioengineering at the Koch Institute for Cancer Research at MIT, says, “I am gratified by this honor and pleased that Agilent has stepped up to support our ongoing work in the area of biopharmaceutical characterization and development.”
Todd Christian, general manager of Agilent’s Cell Analysis Division, and executive sponsor of this award, comments, “We are very excited to be working with Dr. Sasisekharan and the entire team at MIT on these innovative methods and approaches. Fundamentally improving the biopharmaceutical development process and timelines will ultimately result in more effective therapies being available sooner.”
For more information on Agilent Thought Leader Awards, visit their Web site.
For additional information on Dr. Ram Sasisekharan, visit his Web site.
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