UTA startup AbeXXa Biologics, reimagining cancer immunotherapy
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IMAGE: This is Jon Weidanz, co-founder of AbeXXa, biology professor and associate vice president of research and interim director of UTA’s North Texas Genome Center. view more 

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AbeXXa Biologics, named as one of the 40 Best University Startups1 in 2017, has received an initial investment from the Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund and signed a collaborative research agreement with the global corporation Boehringer Ingelheim. AbeXXa is a faculty start-up from The University of Texas at Arlington. This dynamic company is breaking new ground in a field of research that has the potential for developing a menu of antibody-based therapies that could benefit much larger numbers of cancer patients.

Boehringer Ingelheim also awarded AbeXXa the company’s Innovation Prize. The impact of this combination of events has enabled AbeXXa to accelerate its plans and grow its team of scientists from Texas to Boston, where AbeXXa now has a space at LabCentral’s shared laboratory space in Cambridge – the prize for winning the Innovation competition.

Jon Weidanz, co-founder of AbeXXa, biology professor and associate vice president of research and interim director of UTA’s North Texas Genome Center, underlined the significance of Boehringer Ingelheim’s involvement in AbeXXa.

“In just a little over

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