In this webinar, Dr. Conor McCartin discusses how phage display can be used for human antibody development.

While Phage Display panning on naïve libraries combined with costly affinity maturation strategies have allowed the successful development of neutralizing antibodies, it also leads to failures and aborted projects. One reason for this is the immune tolerance of a naïve library that is sometimes ineffective at identifying binders against important and/or highly expressed human targets. An efficient way to access high-affinity, fully human antibodies against such targets is thus essential for human cancer therapy.

In this webinar, Conor will discuss innovative technologies to develop such antibodies using human phage display. These strategies include:

  • A cross-panning protocol for a successful identification of neutralizing binders.
  • Phage display libraries to allow an efficient identification of neutralizing binders through competitive ELISA.
  • A new human cancer library constructed from the PBMCs of cancer patients as an efficient solution to counter immune tolerance.

Key Topics Include:

  • Efficient identification of neutralizing antibodies
  • Strategic development of human phage libraries to break immune tolerance
  • Strategies to augment phage display-based discovery


Conor McCartin, PhD

Account Manager
Monoclonal Antibody Development

A Biotechnology graduate from the University of Galway, Ireland, Conor’s studies widened into the domain of Chemical Biology when he moved country to study for his master’s degree in the renowned Chemistry Faculty of the University of Strasbourg, France. From here, he continued to apply his interdisciplinary knowledge from these studies, as well as from several internships in fundamental cancer research, to his Ph.D. focused on developing and studying the mechanisms of new metal-based anti-cancer stem cell chemotherapeutics. This thesis partially revealed the mechanisms of interesting anti-cancer stem cell candidate molecules (described through four publications) and has been honored by prizes from both the Biological Society of Strasbourg and the University of Strasbourg. Since the conclusion of this Ph.D., Conor has since given leave to bench work in order to join ProteoGenix as an Account Manager focused on research and development of monoclonal antibodies.

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