Avoid Target Deconvolution Bottleneck

Retrogenix Cell Microarray Technology is suited for target deconvolution. Specifically, it is used to identify the primary targets of large or small molecules that display a desired biological or clinical effect. This ranges from uncovering the primary target of antibodies or small molecule compounds identified by phenotypic screening, right through to marketed drugs where the mechanism of action has not been fully elucidated.

Given that antibody targets are predominantly plasma membrane proteins, and that antibodies require no direct labeling, our technology is used extensively for the antibody target deconvolution.


  • Novel, druggable targets
  • Receptors targeted by phenotypic molecules (antibodies, ScFvs, Fc-fusion proteins etc.)
  • Disease-specific antigens by direct screening of patient plasma samples


Phenotypic Screening Drug Discovery Process

timeline showing the phenotypic screening drug discovery process for the target deconvolution services offered at Charles River

Unrivalled Success Rates in Target Deconvolution

To date, we have identified specific, reproducible primary target receptors for 60-70% of the phenotypic molecules that have been screened. This includes projects on ‘difficult’ molecules where extensive in-house target deconvolution efforts have failed to find any specific hits or have identified many false positives. This success rate is unmatched by other techniques and is due to our extensive collection of membrane proteins that are expressed in the context of the human cell.

Phenotypic screening is a powerful approach that can identify potential therapies by selecting for disease-relevant binding and/or functional properties of molecules. The nature of phenotypic screening means that any novel targets discovered are likely to be disease-relevant, inherently linked to a desired biological effect, and druggable. Although, knowledge of the target receptor is not necessary for the development of a successful therapy, it is still fundamental for informing lead optimization and is essential in protecting the valuable intellectual property (IP) around that target.

Target deconvolution using Retrogenix Cell Microarray Technology typically results in a small number of reproducible hits that are specific to the test molecule and generally represent the primary receptor target and its different isoforms.

High Specificity

We produce a low rate of false positives ensuring that months or even years of research are not wasted chasing dead ends when validating potential target hits. Target deconvolution using our technology typically results in one or two reproducible hits that are specific to the test molecule and generally represent the primary receptor target and its different isoforms.

Scripps Study Uncovers Novel Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Drug Target

A previously unreported cell surface antigen provides a promising new immunotherapy target to treat patients with CLL. The target, Siglec-6, was identified using the cell microarray screening after attempts to uncover the antigen by immunoprecipitation and mass spectrometry proved unsuccessful.

Uncover your target


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Target Deconvolution

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