Our Immuno-oncology Alliance with Ono and LifeArc

Our Immuno-oncology Alliance works with academic researchers to accelerate the translation of discovery science into new therapeutics for the benefit of cancer patients.

We've joined forces in a multimillion pound partnership between Ono Pharmaceutical Co, LifeArc and Cancer Research UK to deliver the immunotherapies of the future. The alliance brings together CRUK’s network of world-leading scientists and the drug discovery expertise of the CRUK Therapeutic Discovery Laboratories, with LifeArc’s renowned therapeutic antibody engineering and development expertise, and Ono Pharma’s considerable track record and resources in developing cancer immunotherapies.

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If you have an immuno-oncology target or technology, we’d love to hear from you.

Benefits of working with us

We can help you translate your research for the benefit of cancer patients. You will be part of a true partnership, helping to steer the project while benefiting from the resources and expertise of the alliance partners.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Be the expert PI and work closely with the alliance to build the drug development work plans
  • Deliver aspects of the workplan in your lab, backed by our resources
  • Access technologies, tools and reagents to enable the drug discovery process
  • Continue your academic research around the target
  • Co-author on papers and patents

We will bring:

  • The therapeutic antibody engineering and development expertise of LifeArc
  • Ono’s experience developing cancer immunotherapies
  • The small molecule drug discovery expertise of CRUK’s translational research facilities
  • The financial resource needed to drive the project forward
  • Business development expertise, to ensure the collaboration is smooth and successful

Successful projects have the potential to be clinically and commercially developed by Ono.

How to work with us

If you think we could work together, we’d love to talk to you. Contact us to arrange an informal, confidential discussion of your opportunity.

Our flexible approach is driven by the needs of each individual project and the interests and strengths of the partners. If both parties are interested in developing a collaboration, our scientific team will work closely with you to develop a plan, which will be reviewed by the alliance partners before a decision is made to proceed.

Our partnership

Ono Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, headquartered in Osaka, Japan, is an R&D-oriented pharmaceutical company committed to create innovative medicines in specific areas. It focuses especially on the oncology and diabetes areas.

LifeArc is a medical research charity with a 25-year legacy of helping scientists and organisations turn their research into treatments and diagnostics for patients. The charity brings together a network of partners to tackle specific diseases and directly funds academic and early stage research. So far, LifeArc’s work has helped to develop four drugs (Keytruda®, Actemra®, Tysabri® and Entyvio®) and a test for resistance to carbapenems.

Cancer Research UK is Europe’s largest independent funder of cancer research. We have a strong track record of funding breakthrough discovery science, including seven Nobel Prize winners, and an extensive translational research infrastructure which has played a role in developing 8 of the world’s top 10 cancer drugs.

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If you have an idea, get in touch to discuss how we can work together.

Katherine Kelly

Strategic Alliance Manager


More opportunities to translate your research

We have a range of funding opportunities to help you translate your research into novel cancer therapies, backed by the experts and state-of-the-art technology of our drug discovery and development infrastructure.