Animab develops antibodies to tackle gastrointestinal pathogens in livestock.
Ghent, November 7th, 2022 – Animab, a biotech start-up that is developing a new class of orally administered antibodies for animal health, is excited to announce the successful closing of its Series A round. The proceedings will be used to bring its lead product to market and to expand the pipeline of antibody products in animal health. The investment round was led by the venture capital fund Qbic III with participation from existing investors (Seventure Partners, VIB, PMV, AIF and V-Bio Ventures).
Animab builds on a proprietary and scalable platform technology, enabling efficient and cost-competitive generation of monoclonal antibodies for the prevention of intestinal infections in livestock. The orally administered antibodies are designed to improve the health, wellbeing and performance of animals by controlling specific disease-causing pathogens.
Currently, the Animab lead product is a monoclonal antibody designed specifically against enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), the most important cause of post-weaning diarrhea in piglets globally. The company has demonstrated in vivo that the product prevents diarrhea and related clinical signs in ETEC infected piglets and will now further develop the product for regulatory approval. This product will also contribute to a more sustainable livestock production and significantly reduce antibiotic usage in animals.
Last year, Animab received a 800 k€ grant from the Flemish Agency for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) that supported the company in the research of the lead product.
To provide highly innovative first-in-class oral antibody solutions for unmet needs in production animals, Animab is also looking into expanding its platform-based pipeline. With this series A funding, the company is looking to demonstrate clinical efficacy and safety for a range of gastrointestinal indications in livestock.
Alain Wille, CEO of Animab: “We appreciate the strong and continued support from our existing investors, who have enabled the company to progress to this point. We are proud to welcome Qbic as new investor, completing a strong investor syndicate. Overall, we are very excited with the progress we are making towards providing the production animal sector with an economically viable alternative for antimicrobials to control the most important pathogens.
Vikram Virdi, Scientific Director at Animab: “We are very proud of our accomplishments and the success of our anti-ETEC oral antibody product, having demonstrated the clinical efficacy and the manufacturability are key milestones.”
Sofie Baeten, Managing partner and CEO at Qbic II & III: “We are looking forward to helping Animab navigate through the further development and commercialization of its products, which are based on cutting-edge technology that originated at VIB and Qbic’s partners Ghent University and VUB. We believe that Animab’s products will improve the industry’s sustainability and livestock health. It is a pleasure to support the company on this mission.”
Patrik Haesen, CEO at AIF on behalf of the existing investors : “We are very excited about the significant progress made by Animab since its inception. Agriculture needs solutions that help limit the environmental impact while assuring food production keeps up with the globally increasing demand. Animab not only contributes to this, but also offers the prospect to bring its technology to the market within a very reasonable timeframe.”
Animab is a biotech company designed to address the changing needs of animal production. Using proprietary research discoveries, Animab targets the emerging science and new possibilities in the gut. The interdisciplinary team integrates cutting-edge research, animal science, and biotechnology for product breakthroughs in animal health, cost-efficiencies and sustainability. Led by an experienced group of experts with expertise in a range of relevant domains from vaccines, biotechnology, business management and international marketing, Animab is dedicated to offering a safe and sustainable way to ensure animal performance. Animab was founded in 2020 as a spin-off of the VIB and its partner universities Ghent University (UGent) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), backed by a solid European investor consortium. The company previously secured a 3.4M€ seed round led by Seventure Partners and PMV, and with the participation of Agri Investment Fund, V-Bio Ventures and VIB.
More information: www.animab.com