Designing aptamers for specific targets needs to be done in a way that ensures you are selecting the aptamers that bind to your target while easily getting rid of those sequences that do not. Typically, this is done by immobilizing the target so that aptamers… Read More »FRELEX: Solving the Challenges of Immobilizing Targets
Dr. Gregory Penner academic training was a blend of very practical plant breeding theory combined with molecular biology. He has used this blend of biology and mathematics to first develop and lead a cereal biotechnology research team with the government of Canada and subsequently as a global research leader with Monsanto Inc. He has been a thought leader in aptamer development globally for the last twenty years as CEO and President of NeoVentures. He has led this company to financial stability without outside investment with an integrated approach to aptamer discovery and commercialization. In 2015, he co- founded a second company, NeoNeuro in Paris France, focused on an innovative approach to identify Aptamarkers for complex diseases. Connect with Dr. Penner on LinkedIn or for company updates, follow NeoVentures. Click here to get in touch with our team.
In this blog series we will provide a comprehensive review of how aptamers work by comparing and contrasting them with antibodies. We consider antibodies to be equivalent to aliens and aptamers are our heroes, the cowboys, and of course we all know that the cowboys… Read More »Aptamers vs Antibodies Part 1: Cowboys and Aliens
The relationship between structure and function is pretty obvious in a lot of engineering projects. Clearly the same is true for aptamers. The functionality of an aptamer is based entirely on it’s structure. In this series of blogs we are going to reveal how we… Read More »Aptamer Structure Prediction
I love the confidence of those responding. Basically the winning category was that aptamers work great, they just have not been tried in enough applications. In my opinion, we should have provided a fifth option in this poll, All of the above… Successful monoclonal antibody… Read More »Why Have Aptamers Not Been More Successful in Therapeutics?
This blog starts with a portrait of Claude Louis Berthollet (1748 – 1872), who was the first to demonstrate and elaborate on the concept of chemical reversibility. As an aside, it should be noted that he accompanied Napoleon to Egypt and, along with Joseph Fourier,… Read More »The Concept of Chemical Reversibility and Implications for Commercial Aptamer Diagnostics
Thanks to all who participated in our poll on why aptamers have not been commercialized in diagnostic applications. The most popular response was platforms are designed for antibodies. I will avoid commenting on the vested interest of the Illuminati because I do not want to… Read More »Why Have Aptamers Not Been Commercialized in Diagnostic Applications?
This is the first of several blogs we will share on our new Neomer process. The image above can be compared to a dilemma in traditional aptamer selection: are the aptamers that are enriching the product of the selection process (I would vote for the… Read More »Advantages of the Neomer Selection Process: Overcoming Process Bias
Fabergé made the egg above on commission for Dr. Emanuel Nobel, nephew of Alfred Nobel. The surprise inside is a diamond encrusted platinum and rock crystal watch. The enduring value of Fabergé eggs is due to their beauty and the painstaking craftmanship of their production. … Read More »Custom Aptamers
SELEX has been the basic method for identifying aptamers for the last thirty years. It is time for an improvement. The key constraint implicit in the SELEX method is that it is not reproducible. Every time a new starting library is selected from a synthesized… Read More »The Neomer Selection Strategy – A Game Changing Innovation From NeoVentures.
The phoenix of mythology arises from the ashes of its predecessor. This seems like a very intriguing phenomena, but strikes me as difficult to control in a commercial application. Yet, we keep getting asked whether this is necessary for aptamers to work. Do aptamers need… Read More »No to Denaturation of Aptamers for Commercial Applications