Therapeutic Antibody Engineering

Current and Future Advances Driving the Strongest Growth Area in the Pharmaceutical Industry


  • William Strohl, Johnson & Johnson Biotechnology Center of Excellence
  • Lila Strohl, Medical Illustrator, USA

The field of antibody engineering has become a vital and integral part of making new, improved next generation therapeutic monoclonal antibodies, of which there are currently more than 300 in clinical trials across several therapeutic areas. Therapeutic antibody engineering examines all aspects of engineering monoclonal antibodies and analyses the effect that various genetic engineering approaches will have on future candidates. Chapters in the first part of the book provide an introduction to monoclonal antibodies, their discovery and development and the fundamental technologies used in their production. Following chapters cover a number of specific issues relating to different aspects of antibody engineering, including variable chain engineering, targets and mechanisms of action, classes of antibody and the use of antibody fragments, among many other topics. The last part of the book examines development issues, the interaction of human IgGs with non-human systems, and cell line development, before a conclusion looking at future issues affecting the field of therapeutic antibody engineering.
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Microbiologists, biochemists, oncologists;


Book information

  • Published: October 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-907568-37-4


An excellent balance between readability and depth of material.... The book is well referenced and provides plentiful opportunities to continue subject-specific learing., mAbs Journal
An excellent book describing many aspects of therapeutic antibody generation and the current market share of these drugs. It is an up-to-date evaluation of their production and clinical utility., Doody's Reviews

Table of Contents

Introduction to biologics and monoclonal antibodies; Value proposition for therapeutic monoclonal antibodies and Fc fusion proteins; Antibody structure-function relationships; Fundamental technologies for antibody engineering; Sources of antibody variable chains; Variable chain engineering - humanization and optimization approaches; Antibody interactions with the immune system; Monoclonal antibody targets and mechanisms of action; Therapeutic antibody classes; Antibody Fc engineering for optimal antibody performance; IgG glycans and glyco-engineering; Antibody fragments as therapeutics; Multiple antibody and multi-specificity approaches; FcFPs and similar constructs using Fc; Antibody-drug conjugates; Development issues: Antibody stability, developability, immunogenicity, and comparability; Interactions of human IgGs with non-human systems; Cell line development; Issues facing therapeutic monoclonal antibodies for the future.