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From a near-infinite set of possibilities, we can identify the variants that present the greatest threats.

Viral outbreaks are inherently unpredictable.

Many of the world’s most threatening viruses continue to evolve faster than new medicines can be developed.

Instead of chasing viruses as they evolve, we are working to get ahead of them. To do this, we built Octavia™.

Octavia

[ ok-tey-vee-uh ] noun

The inspiration to call our platform Octavia stems from the ancient Roman play of the same name, with its themes of premonitions.

Meet Octavia™

Octavia is our technology platform.

Octavia generates maps of existing and potential viral variants based on their ability to bind human cells and evade antibodies. Using these maps, we can define the combination of antibodies (antibody repertoire) that would best protect us against current and future threats and fill gaps in our defenses with new medicines – specifically, vaccines and antibodies.

Unlike fully computational approaches, our platform is designed from the bottom-up to seamlessly integrate experimental insights and artificial intelligence.

Octavia relies on several enabling technologies like protein display systems, deep mutational scanning, single-cell sorting and deep sequencing.

Here's how it works:

Apriori isolates a key protein from our target virus

Octavia generates millions of synthetic variants in vitro from anchor sequences

We relocate the protein to a display system that lets us measure how the proteins interact with antibodies (antibody drugs or antibodies induced by infection or existing vaccines) as well as human receptors for viral entry into cells

We use the resulting massive protein–protein interaction data set to train our biologically motivated AI using machine learning

Our AI then deduces possible future variants and how they might bind to different antibodies, modeling how each variant would behave in real life and identifying variants that pose the greatest potential threat

This allows us to reverse engineer variant-proof vaccines and antibody drugs that confer protection against a broad range of the most concerning future variants

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Imagine a vaccine or antibody drug…

…that protects not only against variants in circulation today, but against those that will emerge in the coming weeks, months and even years. Imagine a world where public health policy is based on an accurate understanding of how vaccines, therapeutics and people’s natural immunity interact with existing, newly emerging and potential variants of concern.

With Octavia we can make this vision a reality.