This is the story of how Abcam and Horizon fell in collaborative-biotech-love and finally came together to partner up on antibody research.
Whilst doing his post-doc at University of Cambridge, Jonathan Milner had an idea to improve how antibodies could be produced for researchers around the World. Thus, he founded the company Abcam in 1998. Over 15 years later, the company is one of the leading worldwide providers of antibodies, counting 800 employees with a worth of €1.6Bn on the London Stock Market.
Suddenly, Milner had millions to spare and decided to invest in new Biotech start-ups, including Horizon. It was founded in 2005 and has been doing extremely well business-wise by providing genomic research. It already counts 200 employees and is worth €211M on the London stock exchange whilst Milner remains the biggest private investor in the company today.
Knowing this background, it sounds pretty obvious that both companies would jump at the chance to collaborate on some research if the opportunity arose.
And indeed, the opportunity has arrived,