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Interview to Dr. José Escribano, founder of Algenex

Jun 23 2018
The initial idea for ALGENEX was developed at a conference in Canada in the 1990s. Conversing with an American colleague in a Poxvirus meeting, we realised the huge potential for the use of living organisms in the production of recombinant proteins, and from that conversation, we began collaborating. Firstly, we started to develop vaccines in transgenic green plants, publishing several papers and generating a large amount of interest. Years later, a scientist, based out of the US, who was exploring the possibility of harnessing the baculovirus vectors to infect insects, subsequently contacted me. In the end, I agreed to exchange a proprietary baculovirus for some infected insects he obtained, with a view to gaining a better understanding of the potential that insects held. The results were overwhelming. Read More