Beyond testing: importance of antibody-based drugs against Covid-19

Allie Nawrat 23 April 2020 (Last Updated April 23rd, 2020 10:35)

Antibody tests have been heralded as a crucial weapon in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. Although these tests are essential to helping epidemiologists better understand the disease and how it spreads, the precise antibodies developed against Covid-19 are also invaluable in discovering therapies to treat patients.

Berkeley Lights CEO Eric Hobbs notes it is going to take a while for vaccines to be approved, but “in the meantime, there is something that will help [tackle Covid-19]: antibody therapeutics.” Hobbs discusses how his company's Beacon platform can support the development of these drugs against Covid-19, as well as future emerging pathogens.

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