Employee Safety and Business Continuity Amid the Challenges of COVID-19

Written by Igor Fisch, PhD on July 29, 2020

As Switzerland and the EU continue to ease restrictions and with our employees having returned to work at our Geneva headquarters, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on our experience navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many of us, I continue to watch helplessly as many businesses in regions hit the hardest by the […]

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Cell Line Development: It’s More Complicated Than You Think

Written by Samuel Rubin on December 4, 2019

Here is a short piece I’ve written that comments on different “classes” of companies engaged in cell line development, and how those with a technology-driven philosophy are in a favored position to advance biologics drug development. TL;DR – The selection of your cell line is important!! Anyone interested in learning more about our technology at Selexis, please don’t hesitate to message me #cmo #biotech #proteins #biologics #cellline

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Selexis as a Great Place to Work: Confessions from the New Kid

Written by Sonja Delalu, PhD, Manager, Licensing and Business Development on September 18, 2019

With 10 years of university experience, a PhD and a hunger for new challenges and experiences, I left Finland to pursue a career in the biotech industry. I left the magical seaside of my homeland, with its flat landscape and cold, dark winter nights, to find myself surrounded by magnificent alpine mountains, delicious cheese and […]

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Selexis Welcomes Business Development Colleagues Jessica Bosc and Samuel Rubin to Boston and San Francisco

Written by Yemi Onakunle, PhD, MBA on August 20, 2019

YEMI ONAKUNLE: My work helping to lead new business development efforts at Selexis continues to challenge and inspire me. I value my background in both business and science and I firmly believe that it’s been instrumental to my success. Not only am I able to intimately understand a company’s protein expression challenges and accurately communicate […]

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Wrapped up Q1 and Looking Back at 2018!

Written by Igor Fisch, PhD on April 23, 2019

In early April, we were thrilled to announce that the fifth Selexis SUREtechnology-generated product was approved in Russia for the biosimilar eculizumab under our relationship with Generium JSC. With this milestone, I’m reminded of how much we’ve accomplished over the past 16 months. We’ve strengthened current partner relationships and formed new collaborations. And, perhaps most […]

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Lessons Learned from a Biotech CEO*

Written by Igor Fisch, PhD on January 29, 2019

Trusting Your Talent and Team to Push the Boundaries of Technology and Innovation: Lessons Learned from a Biotech CEO

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Selexis and IAVI: Advancing Possibilities in AIDS Vaccine Development

Written by Yemi Onakunle, PhD, MBA on October 3, 2018

As a child growing up in Nigeria, I had first-hand experience of the suffering caused by debilitating diseases such as malaria. This fueled my interest in the life sciences and passion to positively impact human health by combating diseases of high unmet medical need, particularly in developing countries. Today, Nigeria has the second highest burden […]

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Selexis SUREtechnology Platform – The Formula 1 Race Car of Cell Line Development

Written by Robert Meister on July 31, 2018

In building a marketing campaign for our lead technology, we wanted something that would reflect and represent the continued innovation and power of our SUREtechnology Platform™ with images and representations that would capture attention and compel biopharmaceutical decision makers to learn more about us. As we know, standing out in the crowd is hard work. […]

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Best-in-Class Cell Line Development and Biologic Manufacturing Coming Together

Written by Robert Meister on July 17, 2018

Selexis CEO Igor Fisch, PhD, and KBI Biopharma President and CEO Tim Kelly, PhD, address the most common questions about being a part of JSR Life Sciences and their new collaboration, GENE to GMP in 9 Months

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Selexis: It’s a Great Place to Work®

Written by Igor Fisch, PhD on May 17, 2018

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. – Albert Einstein As an entrepreneur, I know firsthand how thrilling it is to start a new company. We aim for success, and we determine for ourselves what that success will look like. Maybe it’s increased sales growth; maybe it’s attracting […]

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Selexis Achieves 100th Commercial License Agreement

Written by Igor Fisch, PhD on May 2, 2018

In 2001, I co-founded Selexis with prize money that I won from the de Vigier Foundation in Switzerland followed by the NETS prize (the predecessor program of Venture Kick), a philanthropic three-stage funding model initiated to support Swiss startups. Fast forward to 2018, Selexis is now among the top mammalian cell line development companies worldwide […]

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Knowledge Is Power for Today’s CEOs – Keeping Up With Industry News

Written by Igor Fisch, PhD on February 22, 2018

As a young scientist and entrepreneur, I understood early in my career just how important it is to stay ahead of the curve. Being a voracious consumer of information and news was the best way to see the big picture, evaluate trends and market drivers, and gain the knowledge that empowered my strategic vision. Today, […]

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Using CHO “Omics” to Address Production of Increasingly Complex Biotherapeutics

Written by Guest Blogger Pierre-Alain Girod, PhD on February 1, 2018

Increasingly, solutions for complex human diseases are being addressed with increasingly complex protein therapeutic modalities. These include molecules such as bi-specific proteins, DARPins, triabodies and novel scaffolds decorated with peptides, enzymes or growth factors, to name a few. Many, if not most, of these proteins do not exist in nature and producing them presents a […]

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2017: Year in Review

Written by Igor Fisch, PhD on January 4, 2018

An idea is something that won’t work unless you do. – Thomas Edison As I look around our new corporate headquarters and laboratories, I am reminded of how far Selexis has come since we began our work in cell line generation more than 15 years ago. 2017 was certainly no exception and I’m so proud […]

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Biosimilarity: It starts by selecting the right manufacturing cell line

Written by Igor Fisch, PhD on December 21, 2017

The recombinant therapeutic patent cliff has ushered in a new promise for access to less expensive biologic therapies, called biosimilars. Just recently, in fact, the US Food & Drug Administration approved the first biosimilar for the treatment of certain breast and stomach cancers, known as Ogivri (trastuzumab-dkst) – which is a biosimilar to Herceptin (trastuzumab). […]

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CHO Cells Are Here to Stay?

Written by Igor Fisch, PhD on November 30, 2017

I have recently read a couple of industry articles around cell line development that claim the Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell line is not the future of biomanufacturing and that alternative non-mammalian platforms, such as fungal, algae and plant systems, will offer the low-cost solutions that CHO cannot. Make no mistake, it will be a […]

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