Head to Head with DJS Antibodies

February 13th 2019

1.How did you start your company? 

We realised that novel immunological insights into the induction and development of strong antibody responses could be used to generate leads for therapeutic antibody development. With support from Johnson and Johnson Innovation, we started DJS Antibodies and set about testing our novel platform for antibody discovery with a number of intractable GPCR drug targets. Within a year, we’d successfully made antibodies against 10 GPCRs with a 100% success rate, enabling us to secure further funding and grow the company.

2.What are you working on at the moment? 

We have two lead programmes: one is a novel antibody for the treatment of chronic kidney disease, and the other targets solid tumours which are resistant to current treatments.

3.What do you like about being based in our DiagnOx Labs, based in Cherwell Innovation Centre?

DiagnOx’s affordable, partly equipped lab space enabled us to get started quickly. We continue to benefit from easy access to lab and office facilities.

4.What projects/ambitions do you have for the future of your company? 

DJS is looking to bring first in class therapeutics to the clinic. Our world class platform for discovering antibodies to GPCRs places us to be a leader in the discovery and development of new antibody therapeutics.

March 4th 2020

DNApal moves into exciting new phase

Back in September, Vicky Godfrey, Director of DNAPal, impressed judges with her ‘energy and tenacity’ to claim the title in the Pitching for Success round at VentureFest Oxford. Her prize was the use of a professional virtual office service, including a telephone answering and postal mailing address for 12 months […]

November 19th 2019

Head to Head with Nikalyte Ltd

Nikalyte Ltd was founded to provide an easy to operate, bench-top nanoparticle deposition product, to address an increasingly routine laboratory-based need. Recognised expert in nanotechnology, Professor Alistair Kean established Nikalyte with colleagues of the former Mantis Deposition Ltd; vacuum systems expert of 30 years, Dave Mason, and application development and […]

September 25th 2015

Improving Cancer Diagnostics

Kelly Lea meets William Finch, Managing Director of Oncascan Ltd, a company that’s developing a unique blood test for cancer, with the potential to transform the lives of patients, clinicians and health service providers.  With a degree in biochemistry from Oxford University and an impressive CV deliberately shaped around the […]