Berkeley Lights Announces GSK Acquires Third Beacon Optofluidic System to Expand Antibody Therapeutics Development

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Oct. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Berkeley Lights, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLI), a leader in digital cell biology, today announced that GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) has purchased an additional Beacon™ Optofluidic system to expand its antibody therapeutics capacity. The new Beacon system will leverage Berkeley Lights' Opto™ Plasma B Discovery workflow to perform functional analysis, further accelerating the lead selection process.

"We are pleased that GSK has again selected the Beacon Optofluidic system as part of their ongoing activities to accelerate discovery, development, and delivery of therapeutics," said Eric Hobbs, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Berkeley Lights. “BLI's platform represents a step change in high-throughput screening technology and can be used to discover new insights in functional biology research and therapeutics discovery. GSK's broadening adoption demonstrates the value of our streamlined functional screening platform that is capable of observing rare interactions, underpinned by a unique combination of high-throughput screening and live biology.”

The Beacon system purchased by GSK is inclusive of the 13 new platform placements for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, which was pre-announced on October 12, 2021.

More on the Beacon system
The Beacon system is the most flexible, advanced high throughput functional screening platform on the market with customers featuring the technology as their competitive advantage in a variety of markets including antibody discovery and cell line development, gene therapy and synthetic biology.

The Beacon system workflow is proven to be a better, more advanced way to process and analyze cells that saves customers time, money, and effort because of its:

  • Single cell-based workflow that shortens the selection process to just days;
  • Tracking of phenotype and genotype of single cells or clones; 
  • Automation and scaling workflows far beyond manual, time-intensive analysis; and 
  • Generation of greater insights through deep profiling of each cell or clone.

Berkeley Lights 
Berkeley Lights is a leading digital cell biology company focused on enabling and accelerating the rapid development and commercialization of biotherapeutics and other cell-based products for our customers. The Berkeley Lights Platform captures deep phenotypic, functional and genotypic information for thousands of single cells in parallel and can also deliver the live biology customers desire in the form of the best cells. Our platform is a fully integrated, end-to-end solution, comprising proprietary consumables, including our OptoSelect™ chips and reagent kits, advanced automation systems, and application software. We developed the Berkeley Lights Platform to provide the most advanced environment for rapid functional characterization of single cells at scale, the goal of which is to establish an industry standard for our customers throughout their cell-based product value chain.

Berkeley Lights' Beacon® and Lightning systems and Culture Station instrument are FOR RESEARCH USE ONLY. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

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