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The scale of phage display meets the power of in vivo affinity maturation--antibody discovery has never been so robust. Our microfluidics plasma cell discovery (PCD) platform can screen out the clone with highest affinity among the entire splenocyte population.

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Why Choose Boster for Rabbit Monoclonal Antibody?

Rabbit makes better antibodies, and Boster Bio has the technology to Fish the best clones out of the hay stack.

Boster Bio's rabbit monoclonal technology is superior to traditional RabMab technology in a few ways. Rabbit monoclonal antibodies have been publicized as a better alternative to mouse monoclonal antibodies. This advantage is attributable to the fact that rabbit has a bigger repertoire for hypervariable regions that codes the CDRs in the antigen-binding site. The more options to choose from, the higher the likelihood to come up with "the perfect solution"--a high affinity antibody with a bright clinical future.

However that is only half of the story. Even though rabbits have bigger CDR repertoires and have the potential to generate higher affinity clones, it only matters when one has the ability to screen and select such clones out of the splenocyte population, Boster Bio's microfluidics plasma cell discovery (PCD) platform can do just that. Read on to see how our special chemistry and immunology know-how makes it work.

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Technology overview

Technology Principle

Screen As Early As Possible, Screen As Much As Possible

Boster Bio's plasma-cell discovery (PCD) technology uses flow cytometry to interrogate individual cells treated with our proprietary chemistry. This unique compound keeps B cells from secreting antibodies and instead retains them on cell membrane. Subsequently the splenocytes are incubated with fluorochrome conjugated antigens and the plasma cells with the highest brightness are screened out for down stream preparation. We also have trade-secrete techniques and know-how to enhance the immunization efficiency, and increase the affinity screening downstream.

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Put it in context of scale

A New Zealand White Rabbit's spleen is 50mm long on average, roughly 100 times that of a mouse spleen, containing tens if not hundreds of billions of cells. Traditional rabbit hybridoma screening can investigate hundreds of successfully fused hybridomas. Our technology screens typically 10% of the whole spleen and can do the whole spleen if needed. The difference in scale is that of a village town community survey vs. a world wide census.

"Novel clinical biomarkers are increasingly more difficult to make. The easy ones have already been discovered and commercialized. Thus in antibody discovery, finding that top 0.1%, even 0.01% highest affinity B-cell population is key to breakthrough."

Comparison with other antibody discovery technologies

Keywords: Scale, CDR repertoire, somatic hypermutation and affinity maturation

Here are some alternative technologies for generating antibodies and how do they compare to Boster Bio's PCD technology.

Hybridoma rabbit monoclonal: even though it shares the same same CDR repertoire, hybridoma rabbit monoclonal technology falls short on the screening scale. The last generation rabbit monoclonal technique only screen thousands of average splenocytes that were lucky enough to successfully fuse while as we can screen the whole spleen if we want to. Our workflow does not require to keep the cells alive while screening and we go for the cream of the crop only -- plasma cells, with the brightest signals.

Mouse monoclonal: mice have more limited CDR repertoires. In general mammals with longer reproductive cycles tend to have larger CDR repertoires due to the evolutionary pressure of survival long enough to reproduce. Mice excel in their innate immunity but their adaptive immunity is not as robust as that of rabbits. This puts mice at a disadvantage for generating antibodies with high affinities.

Polyclonal: Long story short, polyclonal antibodies work for research but not for diagnostics. It is indeed a very low cost and fast turn around method for making antibodies against certain targets. Boster Bio does offer a $600 package for making a polyclonal antibody. Some claim that polyclonal antibodies suffer from specificity because they originate from multiple clones. This is a misconception because this "disadvantage" can be mitigated by using a single epitope for immunization and purification of the polyclonal antibodies. There are 3 main disadvantages of polyclonal antibodies in our experience. First is lot-to-lot variability. For any clinical assays or therapeutic assays it is almost impossible to get approval for an assay with polyclonal antibodies as core components. For research use however it is acceptable, and is often used as a stepping stone towards a monoclonal antibody. In our experience most antigens that prove to generate a good polyclonal antibody can also make a good monoclonal antibody. The second disadvantage is its inability to amplify only the best clones. This is important if the target protein is difficult to detect and requires high affinity. This is often the case in detecting secretive proteins and biomarkers in liquid biopsies, via ELISA or other similar immunoassays. During affinity chromatography, all antibodies with enough affinity to bind to the very concentrated antigens will be pulled out. Many of these antibodies might not have enough affinity to bind to the target protein in vivo where the target protein exists in low levels and masked by competing binding receptors in the matrix/in vivo environment.

Phage display: it lacks SOMATIC HYPERMUTATION. Even though phage display allows a reasonably large screening scale, it still falls short when compared to screening the full spleen, by at least a 1000 fold. But the real problem is the CDR library phage display platforms have are "diamonds in the rough". Without going through SOMATIC HYPERMUTATION they will not be able to bind to the intended antigen with high affinity. Even though some claim they have secrete sauces in antibody engineering to improve antibody affinity after the fact, studies and our experience indicate that it is often no match to mother nature's affinity maturation process. It is a numbers game after all and the immune system can go through billions of iterations in vivo in a matter of weeks while as antibody engineering needs to experiment one amino-acid modification at a time, at weeks per iteration.

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Custom Rabbit Monoclonal Antibody Production Overview And Timeline.

Service overview

Boster's custom rabbit monoclonal antibody development platform uses Single Plasma Cell Interrogation Technology, which screens the immune repertoire of rabbits. Our aim is to produce an antibody that works for your specific application. Our technical staff will guide you through the project, from designing the antigen, immunization, screening strategy, antibody validation, to the proper handling of the plasmid that expresses your antibody. We can also generate antigens for you. Our antigen synthesis service cover both peptides and recombinant proteins. We are capable to express the antigen in E. coli, baculovirus, and mammalian cell lines.

The final deliverable is the sequences of selected positive clones, and plasmids containing the cloned antibody genes. Recombinant antibodies ensure the preservation of genetic information.

Timeline and costs

Phase 1 Duration Deliverable Cost
Peptide and Immunization: (2 rabbits) Titer Data
Peptide synthesis 10mg, >90% purity 1 week Titer Data $650
Peptide conjugation KLH for immunization and BSA-biotin conjugation for probing and screening 1 week Titer Data $1,000
Immunization for 2 rabbits 2-3 months Titer Data $2,000
Titer ELISA Assay Monitoring anti-sera titer and selecting the best animal for monoclonal
Phase 2 Duration Deliverable Cost
First Screening with FACS (> a million B cells)
  1. Antigen-specific plasma cell identification and isolation.
  2. Single plasma cell heavy and light chain amplification
2 weeks $15,000
Supernatant production 0.25 ml scale, and Secondary screening with ELISA 1 week ELISA data $5,000
Phase 3 Duration Deliverable Cost
Customer further screening with supernatant if necessary, choose three best clones.
Clone Deconvolution, cloning, expression/ELISA conformation; 30ml scale production, yield~ 0.5mg Ab per clone 3-4 week Sequences $5,000
Total 4-5 months $28,650


What you will receive upon successful completion of above phases.

  • ELISA data from both sera and supernatants assays will be delivered.

  • Sequence information of the final delivered clones will be provided, as well as the map of the vector.

  • About 0.5 mg (0.1-1mg) of purified antibody from the two chosen clones to further testing.

  • About 100 ng of heavy and light chain plasmid DNA will be delivered for the final chosen clone.

  • A summary report will be provided