Prelude Therapeutics and AbCellera Enter Partnership to Develop First-in-Class Precision Antibody Drug Conjugates in Oncology

November 1, 2023

Multi-year collaboration to jointly discover, develop, and commercialize novel oncology medicines for up to five programs, with the first ADC program focusing on a SMARCA degrader

WILMINGTON, Del. & VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Prelude Therapeutics Incorporated (“Prelude”) (Nasdaq: PRLD) and AbCellera (Nasdaq: ABCL) today announced a multi-year, multi-program partnership to discover, develop, and commercialize potentially first-in-class treatments for patients with cancer. The collaboration combines Prelude’s expertise in targeted protein degradation, medicinal chemistry, and clinical development with AbCellera’s antibody discovery and development engine to generate novel precision antibody drug conjugates (ADCs). The first program, which benefits from a lead panel of antibodies previously discovered by AbCellera, is focused on ADCs to broaden the reach of Prelude’s small molecule SMARCA2 selective degraders to address a larger patient population.

“By leveraging our combined capabilities and expertise in rapidly discovering and advancing novel candidates into the clinic, this collaboration provides an opportunity to build a pipeline of first-in-class ADCs targeting clinically validated pathways in oncology,” said Kris Vaddi, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of Prelude.

“Through this strategic partnership we are combining deep expertise in antibody and small molecule development to create precision ADC therapies for patients in need,” said Carl Hansen, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of AbCellera.

Under the terms of the agreement, Prelude and AbCellera will jointly discover, develop, and commercialize products emerging from the collaboration. AbCellera will lead manufacturing activities and Prelude will lead clinical development and global commercialization, subject to AbCellera’s option to co-promote any resulting commercial products in the United States.

About Prelude Therapeutics

Prelude Therapeutics is a clinical-stage precision oncology company developing innovative drug candidates targeting critical cancer cell pathways. The Company’s diverse pipeline is comprised of highly differentiated, potentially best-in-class proprietary small molecule compounds aimed at addressing clinically validated pathways for cancers with selectable underserved patients. Prelude’s pipeline includes four candidates currently in clinical development: PRT1419, a potent, selective inhibitor of MCL1, PRT2527, a potent and highly selective CDK9 inhibitor, PRT3645, a next generation CDK4/6 inhibitor, and PRT3789, an IV administered, potent and highly selective SMARCA2 degrader, as well as an oral SMARCA2 degrader that is currently in IND-enabling studies. For more information, visit our website and follow us on LinkedIn.

Prelude’s Forward-Looking Statements

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About AbCellera Biologics Inc.

AbCellera is breaking the barriers of conventional antibody drug discovery to bring better medicines to patients, sooner. AbCellera’s engine integrates expert teams, technology, and facilities with the data science and automation needed to propel antibody-based medicines from target to clinic in nearly every therapeutic area with precision and speed. AbCellera provides innovative biotechs and leading pharmaceutical companies with a competitive advantage that empowers them to move quickly, reduce cost, and tackle the toughest problems in drug development. For more information, please visit

AbCellera Forward-Looking Statements

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Prelude Contacts

Investors: Lindsey Trickett, Vice President, Investor Relations;, +1(240)543-7970
Media: Helen Shik, Shik Communications;, +1(617)510-4373

AbCellera Contacts

Media: Jessica Yingling, Ph.D.;, +1(236)521-6774
Business Development: Murray McCutcheon, Ph.D.;, +1(604)559-9005
Investor Relations: Josephine Hellschlienger, Ph.D.;, +1(778)729-9116