MRC Technology, Cancer Research UK and Cancer Research Technology collaborate to focus on cancer immunotherapies

Cancer Research UK, Cancer Research Technology and MRC Technology are joining forces  to identify and validate novel drug discovery targets that could lead to new immunotherapy treatments. 

The partnership brings together Cancer Research UK’s network of leading scientists with CRT’s cancer-focused target selection and validation expertise, and MRCT’s antibody screening and development capability. The collaboration will identify possible targets for the development of both antibody and small molecule therapeutics. The next stage of the collaboration will be to seek a clinical partner to accelerate the progress of promising compounds into the clinic.

New targets that increase cancer’s susceptibility to the immune system will be identified from Cancer Research UK’s funded research. MRC Technology will develop antibodies for suitable targets via its antibody screening platform, while CRT will focus on small molecule approaches.

Dr Hamish Ryder, director of discovery, Cancer Research Technology, said: “Immunotherapy is a hugely promising approach to cancer treatment and we’re delighted to extend our research in this area by partnering with MRC Technology.

“The aim of this alliance is to work together to identify highly novel immunotherapy targets and develop treatments that will complement the checkpoint inhibitors that are already having such an impact on patients. 

“We want to move quickly to bring promising new drugs forward to treat cancer patients as soon as possible.”

Dr Justin Bryans, director, drug discovery at MRC Technology said: “Bringing together MRC Technology's antibody drug discovery and CRT's cancer biology expertise and applying them to cutting-edge discoveries from the Cancer Research UK network represents a very exciting prospect and will help us identify and develop new immune-oncology therapies, which already have a significant impact on cancer patients' lives.”

CRT and MRC Technology will be joint commercialisation partners for the collaboration and any resulting immunotherapy treatments.


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Notes to editors

About MRC Technology
MRC Technology is an independent life science medical research charity committed to improving positive patient outcomes everywhere.

As a champion for human health, MRC Technology partners with academic, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and charity organisations to move promising medical research forward into viable and accessible patient treatments.

As a self-funded charity, income is reinvested to support translating research from the bench to patient. MRC Technology offers commercialisation and IP management skills and diagnostic and drug discovery expertise, specialising in small molecules and therapeutic antibodies.

MRC Technology projects have led to several approved drugs, changing the lives of countless patients by harnessing the potential of science.

About Cancer Research Technology
Cancer Research Technology (CRT) is a specialist commercialisation and development company, which aims to develop new discoveries in cancer research for the benefit of cancer patients. CRT works closely with leading international cancer scientists and their institutes to protect intellectual property arising from their research and to establish links with commercial partners. CRT facilitates the discovery, development and marketing of new cancer therapeutics, vaccines, diagnostics and enabling technologies. CRT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cancer Research UK, the world's leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Further information about CRT can be found at and about Cancer Research UK at

CRT’s Discovery Laboratories build on Cancer Research UK’s investment in world-class research and focus on forming drug discovery alliances with industry, to develop potential novel therapies based on the cancer targets identified in academic research.

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