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SenzaGen awarded EU grant of € 2,4 million in heavy competition, to develop GARDair for industry use

SenzaGen has received a grant of € 2,4 million from the EU’s research and innovation framework program Horizon 2020 to develop GARDair, the first generation test for respiratory allergies.

GARDair is the first in vitro test that can detect air-borne chemicals that cause respiratory allergies, by using a unique gene technology. This follows the international 3Rs principle, Reduce, Replace and Refine, and is the first cell-based alternative to animal testing for the respiratory tract. The grant of 2,4 million Euros means that SenzaGen can develop and refine GARDair at the same time as being able to increase the pace of commercial development and the launch of another new product line. The grant runs for 24 months.

“We are incredibly delighted and proud to be part of the EU’s investment in the future, Horizon 2020. The fact that they choose to invest in 3Rs technologies shows how important this is. It is a confirmation of the potential of our technology platform, as well as a unique business opportunity to build on our product portfolio of commercially viable tests at a significantly faster rate, says Anki Malmborg”, CEO of SenzaGen.

“It is important in many different industries to be able to test the capacity of chemicals to affect the respiratory system, and today there are no tests for this. There’s a huge need for safety testing, and the grant from the EU gives us a unique opportunity together with partners from various different industries to develop the respiratory test of the future in accordance with OECD guidelines, says Henrik Johansson,” Senior Scientist at SenzaGen.

SenzaGen’s EU application has been coordinated by GAEU Consulting AB and received a exceptionally high score of 14,26 out of 15 in the EU evaluation, proving excellency both in the invention and in the application document.

 

For more information:
Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO, SenzaGen AB
Mail: amh@senzagen.com
Tel: +46 768 284822

 

Horizon 2020 in brief
Horizon 2020 is the EU’s framework program for research and innovation. The program is the world’s largest investment in research and innovation and has a total budget of around € 80 billion (2014-2020). The aim is to ensure the EU’s global competitiveness. For more on Horizon 2020, see: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/.

SenzaGen wins DI’s Gasellsprånget – most promising company to become Supergasell within 5 years

On May 25, SenzaGen was elected winner at the Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri’s event and competition Gasellsprånget, at the national finale in Gothenburg. After a tough round of questions and an audience poll, SenzaGen was elected winner with the greatest market potential and future outlook, leaving the competitor DigiExam a close second.

“SenzaGen has great future potential in a new and growing global market. We have been working very hard which makes it particularly rewarding to receive this award and the attention it creates. We are seeing an increased interest in our technology and I am confident that this award will lead to more exciting business opportunities in Europe and globally, says Anki Malmborg Hager”, CEO of SenzaGen.

About Gasellsprånget
Gasellsprånget is a competition highlighting Swedish growth companies on the rise. The competition is hosted by the Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri and is split into several regional competitions, from which two contestants are chosen to participate in the national finale.

“In the selection of finalists for Gasellsprånget 2016, the jury nominated the companies that have the best opportunities to become Supergasell within a 5-year period, based on analysis and on-stage presentations by the competing companies.”

 

For more information:
Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO, SenzaGen AB
E-mail: amh@senzagen.com
Phone: +46 768 284822

 

About SenzaGen
SenzaGen provides in vitro dermal and respiratory testing for the cosmetic, chemical and pharmaceutical industries replacing the need for animal testing. The company’s unique test GARD is based on research from the Department of Immunotechnology at Lund University. SenzaGen is based at Medicon Village in Lund, Sweden.

 

About GARD
By analysing 200 and 389 genomic markers, depending on the test, instead of 1-2 markers as competing methods, GARD delivers results with 90 % accuracy. This can be compared to the golden standard, animal tests on mice, that provide 72 % accuracy. SenzaGen’s test also has the ability to measure potency (strength) of a substance and can thus determine the degree to which a substance cause allergy.

SenzaGen elected winner at Gasellsprånget in Malmö

After a thrilling presentation and questioning round, SenzaGen was elected the winner at the local edition of Gasellsprånget in Malmö, Sweden. SenzaGen now has the opportunity to win Gasellsprånget on a national level at the finale in Gothenburg, on May 25

On May 11, the Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri hosted the local edition of Gasellsprånget in Malmö, Sweden. A competition which names the fastest growing companies in Sweden. The event was hosted at Clarion Hotel & Congress Malmö Live where participants got the opportunity to listen to presentations about entrepreneurship and development in the region, as well as mingle and network. SenzaGen was one of two companies who, during the evening, had the opportunity to present their company to the audience and a panel experts. After a round of questions from the experts, the audience voted and announced SenzaGen as the winner of Gasellsprånget Malmö.
“This feels like a great win and shows that there are many who believe in us, our business model and the team that we have put together to take the company forward. This event was a very good and exciting environment to pitch in, with many interesting questions from the panel of experts. I am delighted and overwhelmed by all who voted for us, says Anki Malmborg Hager”, CEO of SenzaGen.

Two finalists, selected by a jury, will now move forward and get to compete in the national finale at Gasellträffen in Gothenburg, on May 25. Based on the jury’s deliberation, analysis of the companies and an on-stage company presentation, the jury will select the finalist with the best opportunity to become a Supergasell within a 5-year-period.

 

For more information:
Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO, SenzaGen AB
E-mail: amh@senzagen.com
Phone: +46 768 284822

SenzaGen once again makes it to the 33-list

For the second year in a row, SenzaGen takes a place on the prestigious 33-list where the magazines Ny Teknik and Affärsvärlden for the ninth time appoint the hottest young technology companies in Sweden. The presentation took place at the Munich Brewery in Stockholm on April 12.

Based at Medicon Village in Lund, SenzaGen develops and implements animal-free tests on chemicals and proteins for classification of sensitizers, primarily for the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. SenzaGen’s test GARD (Genomic Allergen Rapid Detection) has been developed over the last 15 years ad measures significantly more parameters than existing tests on the market, as the test is based on gene analysis in human cells. This makes GARD the safest and most efficient test. GARD has mainly been used for testing in the cosmetics industry and the EU has a ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals. In the spring of 2016, GARD has also started to be used in the pharmaceutical industry for the genetic testing of potential drugs in the early phase development.

During 2015 SenzaGen completed a new share issue of M 44 SEK in order to accelerate the company’s development, scale up the sales organization, finalize the ongoing validation processes and develop new tests in GARD portfolio. The company opened a subsidiary in the US early 2016 in order to increase its market penetration.

“We appreciate the attention that making it to the 33-list gives us. Being a pioneer, breaking traditional behaviors and patterns with new technology, is challenging but so far SenzaGen has been successful. We see a large interest, a growing demand and a real need for our test in a variety of industries”, says Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO of SenzaGen.

About the 33-list
The 33-list is based on nominations by companies from all over Sweden and the winners are appointed jointly by the editorial staff of the NyTeknik and Affärsvärlden. The jury looks for companies with a unique product or service based around a clear innovation with great international potential – an innovation that has the potential to change the rules of the game in their industry. To make it on the list must now be based in Sweden up to 7 years old. For more information, visit http://www.33-listan.se

For more information:
Anki Malmborg Hager,
+ 46 768-284 822, amh@senzagen.com

SenzaGen på 33-listan in NyTeknik (in Swedish)
​http://www.nyteknik.se/startup/33-listan/vaxer-snabbt-med-djurfria-tester-6540474

SenzaGen nominated for Guldråttan -the Golden Rat

SenzaGen has been nominated for the honorable price “Guldråttan” -the Golden Rat, a prize awarded by Djurens Rätt (the Animal Rights) to companies that make exceptional contribution to animal wellfare.

SenzaGen is able to greatly reduce animal use with their animal free allergy tests for cosmetic ingredients, raw material production and the pharmaceutical industries. With the company’s test GARD, which is performed in vitro, the number of animals used for testing in these industries can be heavily reduced and now that SenzaGen is expanding globally, the impact can be even greater.

“Guldråttan is Sweden’s finest animal rights prize and awarded since 1987 by Djurens Rätt to a person or persons who have made an exceptional contribution during the year to animal well fare” Djurens Rätt says ontheir site.

It is now possible to vote on who should be awarded Guldråttan 2016. Voting will run until April 10 and the winner will be presented at Djurens Rätts National Conference in Stockholm on 14-15 May.

Participate and vote at http://www.djurensratt.se/guldrattan2016 (in Swedish) Link no longer available

SenzaGen receives Honorary Prize in PwC’s annual Innovation Award

In the competition for This year’s Innovation appointed by PwC and Lund Innovation Systems, Malin Lindstedt and Anki Malmborg Hager at SenzaGen gets the Honorary Prize and is awarded 50.000 SEK.

At the awards ceremony held at Lund City Hall the winner received a prize of SEK 150 000 and two other projects; SenzaGen “Animal free allergy test” and Erghis “Touchless Interaction in Healthcare” received a Honorary prize for their inventions.

Congratulations to Malin and Anki for their great achievements of innovative research and commercialisation of the invention of high relevance for the industry.

Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO of SenzaGen through to final in SKAPA innovation prize

Anki Malmborg and SenzaGen is one of the two winners of the region final of Sweden’s biggest innovation prize, the SKAPA Prize. The winner of this development prize and the winners of the prize for Future Innovators were presented last Monday in a ceremony at the High Court in Malmö. The governor Margaret Pålsson and ALMI Skåne’s CEO Anders Norman handed out the prizes to the proud winners. All four winners are moving on to the national finals.

In the motivation for giving the prize for SKAPA-innovation to Anki Malmborg you can read:
The company has presented advanced research in a transparent, commercial manner and has quickly proven that it can significantly minimize the proportion painful animal testing considerably, as well as it wil deliver added value to their different customer groups.

Read the press release on ALMI’s newsdesk (in Swedish)

SenzaGen wins innovation prize SKAPA and is appointed as provincial finalist

SenzaGen has won yet another award and was recently appointed the provincial finalist in Skåne and will thereby have the opportunity to win the national innovation award SKAPA, the country’s largest and most prestigious innovation prize. The SKAPA Prize is awarded to innovators in order to support the commercialization of their products.

The prize is awarded by the Foundation SKAPA in cooperation with ALMI. It is the regional ALMI companies in cooperation with local inventors’ associations affiliated to the Swedish Inventors Association which has chosen the county finalists for the award.

The appointment means that SenzaGen have the opportunity to be appointed Swedish champion of innovation. As the county finalist, SenzaGen receives a prize worth SEK 25 000 with the option to gain an additional SEK 550 000 (maximum spread over three laureates) if they succeed as winners of the national prize.

– SenzaGen has been able to package advanced research in a transparent, commercial way and have in a short time shown that they will be able to both significantly minimize the number of animal tests  being performed and deliver a better accuracy in the tests and hence a better value to their customers. It is going to be very exciting to follow the company in the future! says Johan Olsen, ALMI

The national final is being held on 5 Nov 2015 in Stockholm.

Almi Invest awards SenzaGen the prestigeous Annual Keywhole investment prize. “Årets titthålsinvestering”

– The investment will be used to sharpen Senzagen business model and develop software linked to cell-based in vitro assays, says Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO at SenzaGen.

Press reslease at ALMI’s newsdesk

SenzaGen one of the five most praised companies in Swedish business media

SenzaGen one of the five most praised companies at Ny Teknik & Affärsvärldens big Inovation Event for the 33 most promising young innovativ companies in Sweden.

The final ceremony for the 33-list was held in Stockholm were the hottest new technology companies in Sweden were presented. The list is presented without ranking but five companies were elected for special attention and SenzaGen was awarded a prize from ALMI, a strategic partner and SenzaGen given investment money for further development of the company.

Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO of SenzaGen features in film about the company from the event.
Film  (in Swedish)

About the 33-list
The 33-list is based on nominations by companies from all over Sweden and the winners are appointed jointly by the editorial staff of the NyTeknik and Affärsvärlden. The jury looks for companies with a unique product or service based around a clear innovation with great international potential – an innovation that has the potential to change the rules of the game in their industry. To make it on the list must now be based in Sweden up to 7 years old. For more information, visit http://www.33-listan.se