Glycoprotein VI is a platelet-specific collagen receptor critical for in vivo formation of arterial thrombosis. It is also considered as an attractive target for the development of anti-thrombotic drugs because blocking glycoprotein (GP)VI inhibits platelet aggregation without inducing detrimental effects on physiologic hemostasis. Here, we present data on the identification, in vitro and ex vivo pharmacology of a humanized Fab fragment designated as ACT017. ACT017 was selected out of 15 humanized variants based upon structural and functional properties. It was produced under GMP-like conditions followed by detailed physico-chemical analysis and functional characterization indicating high antigen-binding specificity and affinity. In addition, we demonstrate, in a dose-escalation study, that ACT017 has a high capacity to specifically inhibit collagen-induced platelet aggregation ex vivo after injection to the macaque without inducing thrombocytopenia, GPVI depletion or bleeding side effects as is the case for conventional anti-platelets. Therefore, ACT017 is a promising therapeutic candidate for the development of a new generation of safe and efficient anti-thrombotic drugs.