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SenzaGen presenterar på Unicorn Summit den 7 mars 2017

SenzaGens vd Anki Malmborg Hager kommer att presentera bolagets spännande utveckling vid Vator Securities Unicorn Summit den 7 mars 2017.

Presentationen kommer beskriva hur företaget kommersialiserar och vidareutvecklar sina genombaserade tester (GARD), vilka kan bedöma om kemikalier vi kommer i kontakt med i vår vardag är allergiframkallande – ett ständigt ökande problem.  Testerna bygger på hur 200 gener i mänskliga celler reagerar på det ämnen som testas, vilket innebär att de är betydligt mer tillförlitliga och ger mer information än dagens analysmetoder och kan minska behovet av försöksdjur.
– Vårt test har en tillförlitlighet på 90 procent, medan djurförsök hamnade runt 75 procent, konstaterar Anki Mamborg Hager, vd för Senzagen.

Unicorn Summit är en kapitalmarknadsdag som anordnas av Vator Sercurities för att sammanföra några av de mest innovativa och snabbväxande svenska life science-bolagen med investerare. För mer information och anmälan till arrangemanget, se www.vatorsecurities.se


För mer information:

Anki Malmborg Hager, VD, SenzaGen AB
Email: amh@senzagen.com
Tel: +46 768 284822

Om SenzaGen
SenzaGen gör det möjligt att ersätta djurförsök med genetiska tester i provrör för att bedöma om de kemikalier vi kommer i kontakt med i vår vardag är allergiframkallande. Det kan till exempel handla om kosmetika, läkemedel, livsmedel och färgämnen. Bolagets patentskyddade tester är de mest tillförlitliga på marknaden och ger mer information än traditionella utvärderingsmetoder. Testerna säljs i egen regi i Sverige och USA, och genom partners i flera andra länder. De närmaste åren kommer bolaget expandera geografiskt, knyta till sig fler distributionspartners och lansera nya, unika tester. SenzaGen har sitt huvudkontor i Lund och dotterbolag i San Francisco, USA. För mer information, besök www.senzagen.com.

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/.

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SenzaGen invited to prestigious meeting at ICCVAM, US

Today, Tuesday the 27 September SenzaGen is invited to participate at a science Committee Meeting of the American organization ICCVAM *, which promotes the development of alternative methods to replace animal testing. Together with its US partner, Burleson Research Technologies, Inc., SenzaGen will participate in the official program and make a statement about Skin Sensitization Testing, the importance of secure and robust tests for classification of chemical substances with the ability to identify the potential of a substance causing allergy.

US ICCVAM is a permanent committee consisting of representatives from 15 federal regulatory and research agencies that requires, uses, generates, or disseminates toxicological and safety testing information to replace animal experiments. ICCVAM take expert advice from SACATM **, whose members include stakeholders from regulated industries, animal welfare organizations, academia, U.S. state or international regulatory bodies, and companies or organizations that develop, market or use test methods.

In connection with the SACATM meeting SenzaGen was invited together with their partner Burleson Research Technologies to make a statement in the session for Skin Sensitization Testing.

“It is a great achievement for us that we now have the opportunity, together with our partner Burleson Research Technologies, to give our views on the future development of testing in the U.S and to present GARD, before members of the prestigious SACATM. This shows that GARD is already on their radar, as the next-generation of sensitization testing. Only by cooperating at the highest level can we set a new industry standard for allergy testing in the US market, says Anki Malmborg Hager,” CEO of SenzaGen.

The ICCVAM meeting is being held in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina on Tuesday, 27 September and the CEO of SenzaGen AB, Anki Malmborg Hager will make her statement and give the recommendations in the session ICCVAM Roadmap to Skin Sensitization Testing at 11.25 am (EDT).

* ICCVAM: The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods
** SACATM: Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods

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

 

About GARD
By analyzing 200 and 389 markers, depending on the test, GARD generates massive amounts of data and delivers results with 90 % prediction accuracy. This can be compared to the gold standard, animal tests in mice, that provides 72 % prediction. SenzaGen’s test also has the ability to measure potency (strength) of a substance and can thus determine the degree to which a substance is an allergen.

About SenzaGen
SenzaGen provides dermal and respiratory in vitro 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.

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SenzaGen signs its first distribution agreement with British XCellR8, a leader in animal-free testing

In line with SenzaGen’s long-term strategy and business model, the company has now signed its first distribution agreement with the British test lab company XCellR8. The agreement confirms the interest in SenzaGen’s technology and opens up new business opportunities as XCellR8 will actively market the GARDskin for cosmetics, personal care and household products and their ingredient suppliers globally.

“This agreement is important for us, not only because we now see that our business model works, we also see that there is an increased interest in our technology and we get access to a new market with a well-established and highly competent and renowned partner. XCellR8 is one of the industry’s foremost ambassadors of non-animal tests, says Anki Malmborg Hager,” CEO of SenzaGen.

XCellR8 was established in 2008 with a mission to replace animal testing with methods that are both scientifically advanced and ethically sound.  The company works with a number of leading global cosmetic companies and their ingredient suppliers, and has become the “go-to” laboratory for in vitro testing expertise for both product safety and efficacy / claim support.

“By working with GARD we take a step into the future. With the use of genomics based testing we are moving towards safer and better tests, and ultimately more reliable consumer products without the need for animal testing,” says Dr Carol Treasure, CEO of XCellR8

 

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

Carol Treasure, Founder & MD, XCellR8
Email: carol.treasure@x-cellr8.com
Mobile: +44 7899 845222

 

About XCellR8
XcellR8 offers animal-free testing for companies with products on the cosmetic, personal care and household product market and their ingredients suppliers. The company helps customers develop safe and innovative new products, to follow the law, and to choose non-animal test methods that are both scientifically advanced and ethical.

XCellR8 ‘s British laboratory is accredited according to GLP standard (Good Laboratory Practice), which means that the company can offer their customers test results that can be used according to regulatory requirements to prove product safety.

XCellR8 are proactive and contributing to the global commitment to replace animal testing through research and education programs.

 

About GARD
By analyzing 200 and 389 markers, depending on the test, GARD generates massive amounts of data and delivers results with 90 % prediction accuracy. This can be compared to the gold standard, animal tests in mice, that provides 72 % prediction. SenzaGen’s test also has the ability to measure potency (strength) of a substance and can thus determine the degree to which a substance is an allergen.

About SenzaGen
SenzaGen provides dermal and respiratory in vitro 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.

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Anki Malmborg Hager elected one of the two most powerful people among Lund technology companies according to Rapidus ranking

The news site Rapidus has been looking into nealy 180 companies of extended IDEON business park in Lund, Sweden in a unique survey of decision-makers of the region. Ericsson veteran Tord Wingren and Alligator Bioscience co-founder Anki Malmborg-Hager were ranked two of the most powerful people among Lund technology companies.

Rapidus writes:

Leeding up to the expansion of the concept of Ideon, Rapidus went through the records of company boards and chief executives of all technology companies which have their registered office at Ideon Medicon Village, Mobile Heights Center and Edison Park.

In total it ads up to around 700 decision makers of almost 180 companies. Most of them only sit on one board or CEO positions however 56 of these people have posiotions in more than one technology company on the extended Ideon area. At the top of the list are a dozen people with at least three appointments, including the CEO of Jolife Erik von Schenck and Professor Carl Borrebaeck, who among several appointments is on the board of Alligator Bioscience and Clinical Laserthermia Systems.

Read the full news at Rapidus site (only subscribers)

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SenzaGen starts blogging for Swedish leading financial newspaper Dagens Industri.

Follow our CEO, Anki Malmborg Hager here on the new blog at our web site under Mixed Media/blogs or at Di Gasell.

The blog will be in Swedish

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SenzaGen initiates cooperation with partners in Europe and the US

The final and most important step in SenzaGen’s formal validation process of the sensitization test GARD has now commenced through partnerships with two external laboratories, Eurofins (Germany) and Burleson (USA). These partners will now verify GARD’s reliability and reproducibility, which will allow the test to be carried out by external contract laboratories.

In this Ring TrialSenzaGen’s partners, Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing in Germany and Burleson Research Technologies in the US, will be provided with a number of encoded chemicals to be tested with GARD. The verification of GARD as a robust and reproducible test will open up a new market for SenzaGen, at the same time confirming GARD’s unique characteristics.

“With the validation and verification of GARD as a robust test, we can now promote GARD on a broad front in our priority sectors,” says Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO of SenzaGen.

GARD has previously undergone both scientific and industrial validation. The test method, which is based on an innovative genomic technology, offers an alternative to existing tests at a time when animal testing is increasingly prohibited.

“With a successful Ring Trial we and our existing customers will have further confirmation of GARD’s quality and efficiency, and it will open up new opportunities for us, not least from a regulatory perspective,” says Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO of SenzaGen.

The current validation by Eurofins and Burleson will run during the fall and then be reported to EURL ECVAM for review and approval. The result of the validation will provide additional and enhanced opportunities to introduce GARD at various contract laboratories, thus providing increased market penetration.

 

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

Brian Rogers, CEO, SenzaGen Inc
E-mail: brian.rogers@senzagen.com
Phone: +1 530 304 7648

 

About Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing, Munich
Eurofins is one of the world’s largest laboratory groups with over 23,000 employees in 39 countries and more than 225 laboratories worldwide. The company offers comprehensive service that include testing of drug substance, final product, intermediates, and starting materials for both small and large molecule drug products as well as chemical and microbiological analyses in agriculture, food and environment.

About Burleson Research Technologies
Burleson Research Technologies (BRT) is a Contract Research Organization (CRO) in North Carolina that provides laboratory services to clients from the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical manufacturing, government, and healthcare industries with proof-of-concept, preclinical, and clinical immunotoxicology studies.

 

About GARD
By analyzing 200 and 389 markers, depending on the test, GARD generates massive amounts of data and delivers results with 90 % prediction accuracy. This can be compared to the gold standard, animal tests in mice, that provides 72 % prediction. SenzaGen’s test also has the ability to measure potency (strength) of a substance and can thus determine the degree to which a substance is an allergen.

 

About SenzaGen
SenzaGen provides dermal and respiratory in vitro 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 Immuno Technology at Lund University. SenzaGen is based at Medicon Village in Lund, Sweden.

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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

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SenzaGen´s share issue oversubscribed – raises MSEK 44

SenzaGen has just completed a share issue to accelerate the company’s rapidly growing revenues, scale up the sales organization, complete ongoing validation processes and develop new tests in the GARD portfolio. The interest has been overwhelming which is why the Company, at an Extraordinary General Meeting on Monday, October 5, 2015 decided to extend the offer from MSEK 25 to 44. Vator Securities acted financial advisor regarding the share issue.

“The interest regarding our share issue has exceeded all expectations. It is an acknowledgment of the superiority of SenzaGens test, and the need for animal free allergy tests in the market”, says Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO at SenzaGen.

With their base at Medicon Village in Lund, SenzaGen develops and implements animal free allergy tests of chemicals and proteins, especially for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry. SenzaGen’s test GARD (Genomic Allergen Rapid Detection) is based on more than 15 years of research and measures significantly more parameters than existing tests on the market. It makes GARD a much safer and more effective test than other options. GARD eliminates the need for animal testing and enables customers to develop and provide safer consumer products and to offer their employees a better working environment.

SenzaGen’s original ambition was to bring in MSEK 25. As a result of the great interest in the Company, it was decided at an Extraordinary General Meeting on Monday, October 5, 2015 to increase the share issue to MSEK 44, even if the interest was much higher. The proceeds will primarily finance the scaling up of the sales organization, validation process and the development of new tests in the GARD portfolio. In addition to the financing and development of the operational business, SenzaGen will also aim at listing the company on First North during 2017.

“As the interest for our GARD products is growing, we are also aiming at listing the company on First North in order to facilitate and finance the continued expansion and development internationally”, says Anki Malmborg Hager.

Vator Securities acted financial advisor.

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

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Ian Kimber joins the board of SenzaGen AB

SenzaGen AB, a diagnostic spin-off company from Lund University, is proud to announce that Prof. Ian Kimber will join the Board of Directors.

SenzaGen AB is a diagnostic company working to replace animal testing for sensitization predictions.

Prof Ian Kimber is currently Professor of Toxicology and Associate Dean for Business Development in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester. He has broad research interests at the interface between toxicology and immunology, with a particular focus on allergy and inflammation.  Professor Kimber holds, and has held, a variety of positions on national and international expert and scientific advisory committees. Currently these include the following:  Member UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Committee for Safety of Devices, Programme Advisor Food Standards Agency Food Allergy and Intolerance Research Programme, and member MRC Translational Research Group. Professor Kimber was previously President of the British Toxicology Society (BTS) (2012-2014), and Chairman of the Board of the UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) (2008-2013).  

“I am delighted to be joining the Board of SenzaGen at such an exciting period of growth. Since our initial studies that led to the development and ultimate validation of the Local Lymph Node Assay I have maintained a keen interest in chemical allergy and in the development of novel approaches for improved hazard identification and risk assessment. In this respect harnessing fully the opportunities afforded by developments in the biomedical sciences is critical, and the work of SenzaGen in exploiting a genomic approach to pathway analysis and risk assessment is at the cutting edge of new developments”, says Prof Kimber.

Ian Kimber has published over 600 research papers, review articles and book chapters, and serves currently on the editorial boards of toxicology, immunology, dermatology and pathology journals.

“We are very happy to have Prof Kimber on board in SenzaGen”, since he is one of the forerunners in sensitization testing, says Prof Carl Borrebaeck, “his knowledge and interest in the field of allergy and replacement of animal testing with new technologies is very important to us. We value his participation in developing the next generation tests.”