Scientific study shows that GARDskin™ is the most accurate test for skin sensitization of chemical substances

Lund, 31 July 2018 – SenzaGen (Nasdaq First North: SENZA) announces today that a new scientific study shows that GARDskin™ can provide producers and contract laboratories with a single test for evaluating substances, with an increased accuracy as compared with the recommended combination of current market leading methods. The reason for this recommendation by regulatory authorities is the relatively low accuracy of the currently available individual methods. The positive results from the published study shows that GARDskin™ could be established as the first animal-free standalone test and thereby become a new global standard for toxicological evaluation of chemical substances.

There are more and more countries banning animal testing of ingredients and final products within the cosmetics industry. Also other industries are facing a growing demand for accurate animal-free test methods. The primary forces driving this development are stricter regulatory demands and an urge to reduce the use of animals in experimental testing.

A new scientific study confirms that SenzaGen´s test method GARDskin™ is more accurate than the other animal free methods (DPRA, KeratinoSens (ARE-Nrf2 luciferase) and h-CLAT) on the market today, for skin sensitization testing. Due to the relatively low accuracy of these methods, regulatory authorities recommend a combination of them, in order to better predict the skin sensitization activity of a substance. However, not even a combination of these tests show the same high level of accuracy as displayed by GARDskin™.

”This recently published scientific study shows that GARDskin™ can give producers and contract laboratories a possibility to use one single test to evaluate their substances with even better accuracy than a combination of several test methods. GARDskin™ has the potential to make testing of chemicals more efficient with respect to time, resources and quality”, says SenzaGen CEO Anki Malmborg Hager.

The scientific study was carried out by Dr David W Roberts at the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. The results are published in the scientific journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology and can be accessed via this link :  “Is a combination of assays really needed for non-animal prediction of skin sensitization potential? Performance of the GARD™ (Genomic Allergen Rapid Detection) assay in comparison with OECD guideline assays alone and in combination” 

 

For more information:
Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO, SenzaGen AB
Email: anki.malmborg.hager@senzagen.com
Phone: +46 768 284822

 

About GARD™
GARD™ is a group of tests for assessing chemical skin sensitizers. The tests make use of genetic biomarkers for more than 200 genes which cover the entire immune reaction and are relevant to predicting the risk of hypersensitivity. The tests have over 90 percent reliability. This compares with the current predominant test method, experiments on mice, which has an accuracy of 70-75 percent. SenzaGen’s tests are also capable of measuring the potency of a substance’s allergenic properties. Consequently, GARD tests provide a much more comprehensive basis for determining whether a substance should be classified as an allergen than current testing methods.

About SenzaGen
SenzaGen makes it possible to replace animal experiments with in vitro genetic testing to determine the allergenicity of the chemicals we come into contact with in our daily lives, such as for example in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food products and dyes. The company’s patented tests are the most reliable on the market and provide more information than traditional evaluation methods. We ourselves sell the tests in Sweden and the USA, and we sell through partners in several other countries. Over the next few years the company will expand geographically, make alliances with more distribution partners and launch further unique tests. SenzaGen has its headquarters in Lund in Sweden and a subsidiary in San Francisco, USA. For more information visit http://www.senzagen.com.

The information was submitted for publication, through the contact person set out above on the 31 July 2018 at 08.50.

SenzaGen AB is listed on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm and FNCA is the company’s Certified Adviser. For more information, please visit http://www.senzagen.com.

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SenzaGen signs distribution agreement with the French test laboratory Eurosafe

Lund, July 16, 2018. SenzaGen (Nasdaq First North: SENZA) and the French CRO Eurosafe announce today that they have entered into a distribution agreement regarding GARDskin™ and GARDpotency™.  The GARD™ portfolio consists of animal-free tests developed by SenzaGen for safety assessment of chemical ingredients and mixtures. The agreement confirms the interest in SenzaGen’s technology and opens up new business opportunities on the important French market. Under the agreement, Eurosafe will market and sell GARDskin™ and GARDpotency™ to its clients.

Eurosafe is a highly specialised contract research organization (CRO) with expertise in toxicology and regulatory services, and strives to present the best performing tests to its customers. Eurosafe carries out in vitro tests with focus on the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. According to the agreement, Eurosafe will market GARD™ animal free tests for skin sensitization to its large client base.

GARD™ is a platform of animal free tests developed by SenzaGen for safety assessment of chemical ingredients and mixtures. The platform offers skin sensitization testing with an accuracy of 94% and the unique possibility to add potency classification according to regulatory requirements. At the same time, GARD™ eliminates the need for laboratory animals, as the tests are performed in test tubes (in vitro).

“This agreement is important for us, as it opens up a very large market being the French cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry. We are very pleased to join efforts with a highly competent and renowned partner such as Eurosafe. Together, we have a clear vision of how GARD™ can contribute to the testing market”, says Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO of SenzaGen.

“The demand from our customers in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry for high performing animal free tests is continuously increasing and we strive to offer the best and latest technologies. The GARD™ assay portfolio is unique with its holistic approach and contributes greatly in a modern testing strategy”, says Ashwani Sharma, General Manager of Eurosafe.

For more information, please contact:

Anki Malmborg Hager,
CEO, SenzaGen AB
Email: anki.malmborg.hager@senzagen.com
Telephone: +46 768 284822

Ashwani Sharma,
General Manager, Eurosafe
Email: ashwani.sharma@eurosafe.fr
Telephone: + 33 7 85 00 40 56

 

About GARD™
GARD™ is a group of tests for assessing chemical skin sensitizers. The tests make use of genetic biomarkers for more than 200 genes which cover the entire immune reaction and are relevant to predicting the risk of hypersensitivity. The tests have over 90 percent reliability. This compares with the current predominant test method, experiments on mice, which has an accuracy of 70-75 percent. SenzaGen’s tests are also capable of measuring the potency of a substance’s allergenic properties. Consequently, GARD tests provide a much more comprehensive basis for determining whether a substance should be classified as an allergen than current testing methods.

About SenzaGen
SenzaGen makes it possible to replace animal experiments with in vitro genetic testing to determine the allergenicity of the chemicals we come into contact with in our daily lives, such as for example in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food products and dyes. The company’s patented tests are the most reliable on the market and provide more information than traditional evaluation methods. We ourselves sell the tests in Sweden and the USA, and we sell through partners in several other countries. Over the next few years the company will expand geographically, make alliances with more distribution partners and launch further unique tests. SenzaGen has its headquarters in Lund in Sweden and a subsidiary in San Francisco, USA. For more information visit http://www.senzagen.com

About Eurosafe 
Eurosafe is a French based CRO. Over 30 years Eurosafe has served its customers all around the world for developing cosmetics and pharmaceuticals with 3 kinds of services : in vitro assays, tests on volunteers and regulatory toxicology. Our offering completed now with the GARDskin™ and GARDpotency™ together with our DPRA, H-Clat and Sens-Is assays makes Eurosafe unique in the EU with a complete set of standard and innovative sensitization assays.

 

This information was submitted for publication, through the contact person set out above on July 16th 2018 at 08:50

SenzaGen AB is listed on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm and FNCA is the company’s Certified Adviser. For more information, please visit http://www.senzagen.com

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SenzaGen receives patent protection for GARDskin™ in China

Lund, July 11th 2018 - SenzaGen (Nasdaq First North: SENZA) announces today that the Chinese Patent Office (CPO) has granted a patent for GARDskin™, the company's test that analyses the risk that chemical substances will induce skin allergies. The tests in the GARD™ portfolio outperform all currently available traditional validated methods, while at the same time eliminating the need for laboratory animals, as they are performed in test tubes (in vitro). Taken in conjunction with the recruitment of a Business Development Coordinator for the Asian market, this patent strengthens SenzaGen's future market opportunities in Asia.

The recently granted Chinese patent covers the analytical methods and genetic signatures that form the basis of SenzaGen’s GARDskin™ technology. The patent is valid until October 2031.

“China is a potentially important future market for us, and patent protection in China is another confirmation of our technology’s merits and a new milestone in establishing our unique GARDskin™ test method as a global industry standard. This complements European patent protection and further strengthens our potential in the global market of in vitro tests,” says SenzaGen CEO, Anki Malmborg Hager.

A vital part of SenzaGen’s business development is relations with contract laboratories, industry, government agencies and NGOs concerned with alternative testing methods. The market for in vitro methods is growing rapidly, although experiments on animals are still permitted for allergy tests in some parts of the world. Asia is a huge market and is growing fast, and it is therefore essential for SenzaGen to prepare the way for a future introduction of its tests there.

The announcement from the Chinese Patent Office relates to Chinese Patent No. CN 103429756 B entitled: “Analytical methods and arrays for use in the identification of agents inducing sensitization in human skin”. Corresponding patent applications are currently being processed by the patent authorities in Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, India, South Korea and the United States. 

For more information, please contact:
Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO, SenzaGen AB
Email: anki.malmborg.hager@senzagen.com
Telephone: +46 768 284822

About GARD™
GARD™ is a group of tests for assessing chemical skin sensitizers. The tests make use of genetic biomarkers for more than 200 genes which cover the entire immune reaction and are relevant to predicting the risk of hypersensitivity. The tests have over 90 percent reliability. This compares with the current predominant test method, experiments on mice, which has an accuracy of 70-75 percent. SenzaGen’s tests are also capable of measuring the potency of a substance’s allergenic properties. Consequently, GARD tests provide a much more comprehensive basis for determining whether a substance should be classified as an allergen than current testing methods.

About SenzaGen
SenzaGen makes it possible to replace animal experiments with in vitro genetic testing to determine the allergenicity of the chemicals we come into contact with in our daily lives, such as for example in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food products and dyes. The company’s patented tests are the most reliable on the market and provide more information than traditional evaluation methods. We ourselves sell the tests in Sweden and the USA, and we sell through partners in several other countries. Over the next few years the company will expand geographically, make alliances with more distribution partners and launch further unique tests. SenzaGen has its headquarters in Lund in Sweden and a subsidiary in San Francisco, USA. For more information visit http://www.senzagen.com.

The information was submitted for publication, through the contact person set out above on July 11th 2018 at 08:50

SenzaGen AB is listed on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm and FNCA is the company’s Certified Adviser. For more information, please visit http://www.senzagen.com.

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SenzaGen’s final validation report for the animal-free allergy test GARDpotency™ has been submitted to the regulatory authorities

Lund, July 9, 2018. SenzaGen (Nasdaq First North: SENZA) announces today that the company has submitted the official validation report for GARDpotency™ to the relevant regulatory authorities as a complement to the validation of GARDskin™. GARDpotency™ is the first animal-free allergy test on the market that can be used to evaluate chemicals according to the EU's CLP classification. Other initiatives to measure potency today, including animal tests, only reach an accuracy of 55%-69%. Therefore, we at SenzaGen are extremely happy to be able to present the final results of the report showing that our test can classify CLP Class 1A and 1B chemical substances, quantifying the risk of causing allergies with an accuracy of 82 percent, as determined by three laboratories. Results from the validation demonstrate that the performance of GARDskin™ together with GARDpotency™ exceeds all currently available validated methods. Worldwide approval and recommendation from ECVAM (the EU Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing) and OECD regarding the use of GARDskin™ and GARDpotency™ are expected in 2019.

GARDpotency™ is based on the same biological platform as GARDskin™ and both tests are expected to be approved and recommended at the same time. Together with GARDpotency™, which complements GARDskin™, SenzaGen’s allergy test will be unique on the market, as it is the only test that offers animal-free tests of chemicals in line with the EU’s CLP classification. The CLP classification follows the Global Harmonized System, GHS, developed by the UN to create common criteria for the classification and labelling of chemicals.

The EU Chemicals Agency ECHA, which regulates chemical use based on the REACH Regulation, requires that chemicals that may induce sensitivity (sensitization) must be potency-classified according to CLP. This has so far only been possible with a so-called LLNA (Local Lymph Node Assay) evaluation, which is an in vivo test using animals. SenzaGen’s GARD™ test platform is based on human cells in vitro and genomic biomarkers, constantly delivering better accuracy than animal tests.

“Potency is extremely difficult to measure. We are therefore very happy to be able to report these results. In view of the impressive validation results for GARDpotency™, we look forward to receiving the authorities’ response regarding GARDskin™ and GARDpotency™ in 2019. As a consequence of these good results, we are planning to communicate sales targets for the coming years during the second half of this year. A positive response would make our allergy test the first animal-free test that can be used for classification in accordance with CLP, the EU’s standard,” says Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO of Senzagen.

The results from the validation report will be presented at forthcoming scientific conferences.

For more information, please contact:
Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO, SenzaGen AB
Email: anki.malmborg.hager@senzagen.com
Telephone: +46 768 284822

About GARD™
GARD is a group of tests for assessing chemical skin sensitizers. The tests make use of genetic biomarkers for more than 200 genes which cover the entire immune reaction and are relevant to predicting the risk of hypersensitivity. The tests have over 90 percent reliability. This compares with the current predominant test method, experiments on mice, which has an accuracy of 70-75 percent. SenzaGen’s tests are also capable of measuring the potency of a substance’s allergenic properties. Consequently, GARD tests provide a much more comprehensive basis for determining whether a substance should be classified as an allergen than current testing methods.

About SenzaGen
SenzaGen makes it possible to replace animal experiments with in vitro genetic testing to determine the allergenicity of the chemicals we come into contact with in our daily lives, such as for example in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food products and dyes. The company’s patented tests are the most reliable on the market and provide more information than traditional evaluation methods. We ourselves sell the tests in Sweden and the USA, and we sell through partners in several other countries. Over the next few years the company will expand geographically, make alliances with more distribution partners and launch further unique tests. SenzaGen has its headquarters in Lund in Sweden and a subsidiary in San Francisco, USA. For more information visit http://www.senzagen.com.

The information was submitted for publication, through the contact person set out above on the 6 July 2018 at 08:50

SenzaGen AB is listed on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm and FNCA is the company’s Certified Adviser. For more information, please visit http://www.senzagen.com.

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SENZAGEN AB

The shareholders of SenzaGen AB, reg. no. 556821-9207, (the “Company”) are hereby summoned to the annual general meeting on Tuesday 8 May 2018 at 19.00 in BioForum at Medicon Village, building 406, Scheelevägen 2 in Lund. Notice of Annual General Meeting

The shareholders of SenzaGen AB, reg. no. 556821-9207, (the “Company”) are hereby summoned to the annual general meeting on Tuesday 8 May 2018 at 19.00 in BioForum at Medicon Village, building 406, Scheelevägen 2 in Lund.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

SenzaGen’s Annual Report 2017 has been published

The Annual Report 2017 of SenzaGen AB has been published and is available in Swedish at the company’s website senzagen.com/investors/rapporter-. Printed versions of SenzaGen’s Annual Report can be obtained at the company’s office at Medicon Village, Scheelevägen 2, 223 81 Lund, Sweden.     For more information, please contact: Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO, SenzaGen AB Email: […]

The Annual Report 2017 of SenzaGen AB has been published and is available in Swedish at the company’s website senzagen.com/investors/rapporter-.
Printed versions of SenzaGen’s Annual Report can be obtained at the company’s office at Medicon Village, Scheelevägen 2, 223 81 Lund, Sweden.

 

 

For more information, please contact:
Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO, SenzaGen AB
Email: anki.malmborg.hager@senzagen.com
Telephone: +46 768 284822

 

About GARD™
GARD is a group of tests for assessing chemical skin sensitizers. The tests make use of genetic biomarkers for more than 200 genes which cover the entire immune reaction and are relevant to predicting the risk of hypersensitivity. The tests have over 90 percent reliability. This compares with the current predominant test method, experiments on mice, which has an accuracy of 70-75 percent. SenzaGen’s tests are also capable of measuring the potency of a substance’s allergenic properties. Consequently, GARD tests provide a much more comprehensive basis for determining whether a substance should be classified as an allergen than current testing methods.

 

About SenzaGen
SenzaGen makes it possible to replace animal experiments with in vitro genetic testing to determine the allergenicity of the chemicals we come into contact with in our daily lives, such as for example in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food products and dyes. The company’s patented tests are the most reliable on the market and provide more information than traditional evaluation methods. We ourselves sell the tests in Sweden and the USA, and we sell through partners in several other countries. Over the next few years the company will expand geographically, make alliances with more distribution partners and launch further unique tests. SenzaGen has its headquarters in Lund in Sweden and a subsidiary in San Francisco, USA. For more information visit www.senzagen.com.

 

The information was submitted for publication, through the contact person set out above on the 29 March 2018 at 08:50 AM.

SenzaGen AB is listed on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm and FNCA is the company’s Certified Adviser. For more information, please visit www.senzagen.com.

SenzaGen signs key license agreement in the US with Burleson Research Technologies

Lund, March 7, 2018 – SenzaGen (Nasdaq First North: SENZA) announces today that the company has signed a strategically important license agreement with the well renowned Burleson Research Technologies Inc. (BRT). BRT will market and provide GARD™ in the US and perform the test in its laboratory in North Carolina. BRT is the first US […]

Lund, March 7, 2018 – SenzaGen (Nasdaq First North: SENZA) announces today that the company has signed a strategically important license agreement with the well renowned Burleson Research Technologies Inc. (BRT). BRT will market and provide GARD™ in the US and perform the test in its laboratory in North Carolina. BRT is the first US laboratory to offer GARD™, which displays a higher accuracy than other available test methods and reveals if chemical substances are causing allergies in humans.

Burleson Research Technologies, Inc. (BRT) is a contract research organisation (CRO) in the US, specializing in immunotoxicology. The company is an important supplier of chemical safety testing for the cosmetic and chemical industries and participates in ongoing programs to analyse and validate alternative methods, aiming at reducing the use of animals in chemical testing. BRT was part of the successful ring trial in the validation of GARDskin™ which was completed in the autumn of 2017 and showed the unsurpassed accuracy of 93.8%.

Under the terms of the agreement, BRT will immediately include GARDskin™ and GARDpotency™ as a leading part of its chemical safety testing services to clients in the cosmetic, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries worldwide.

“This new license agreement with a highly respected American CRO is a significant step to provide GARD to a broader market and is crucial for meeting the US customers´ demand with local service providers. We are confident that GARD will play a prominent role in the ongoing process to reduce the use of animals in chemical testing.  Our test is the best performing in vitro method, outperforming available animal methods”, says SenzaGen’s CEO Anki Malmborg Hager.

“We are looking forward to providing our customers access to the GARDtests – a robust animal free test with high accuracy that has potential to become a widely used method for characterizing allergy provoking properties of chemical substances. Our experiences from participating in the successful validation trial show that that the test is both reliable and easy to perform”, says Gary Burleson, CEO of Burleson Research Technologies.

 

For more information:
Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO
SenzaGen AB
Email: anki.malmborg.hager@senzagen.com
Telephone: +46 768 284822

Florence Burleson, Executive VP,
Burleson Research Technologies, Inc.
Email: fburleson@brt-labs.com
Telephone: +1 919-719-2500

 

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 immunotoxicology studies. 

About GARD™
GARD is a group of tests for assessing chemical sensitizers. The tests make use of genetic biomarkers for more than 200 genes which cover the entire immune reaction and are relevant to predicting the risk of hypersensitivity. The tests have over 90 percent reliability. This compares with the current predominant test method, experiments on mice, which has an accuracy of 70-75percent. SenzaGen’s tests are also capable of measuring the potency of a substance’s allergenic properties. Consequently, GARD tests provide a much more comprehensive basis for determining whether a substance should be classified as an allergen than current testing methods.

About SenzaGen
SenzaGen makes it possible to replace animal experiments with in vitro genetic testing to determine the allergenicity of the chemicals we come into contact with in our daily lives, such as for example in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food products and dyes. The company’s patented tests are the most reliable on the market and provide more information than traditional evaluation methods. We ourselves sell the tests in Sweden and the USA, and we sell through partners in several other countries. Over the next few years the company will expand geographically, make alliances with more distribution partners and launch further unique tests. SenzaGen has its headquarters in Lund in Sweden and a subsidiary in San Francisco, USA. For more information visit www.senzagen.com

 

This information is information that SenzaGen is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the contact person set out above on the 7 March 2018 at 10:00 CET.

SenzaGen AB are listed on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm and FNCA is the company’s Certified Adviser. For more information, please visit www.senzagen.com

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SenzaGen appoints new Chief Scientific Officer

Lund, March 7, 2018 – SenzaGen (Nasdaq First North: SENZA) today announced that the company has recruited Dr Gunilla Grundström as its new Chief Scientific Officer. She has more than 10 years of commercial experience in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industry and comes most recently from a position as Senior Research Manager at Baxter. […]

Lund, March 7, 2018 – SenzaGen (Nasdaq First North: SENZA) today announced that the company has recruited Dr Gunilla Grundström as its new Chief Scientific Officer. She has more than 10 years of commercial experience in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industry and comes most recently from a position as Senior Research Manager at Baxter.

Gunilla Grundström holds a Masters degree from Lund University and has a Ph.D. in medical biochemistry. She has previously held senior positions within AstraZeneca’s and Gambro’s research organizations, and since 2013 she has been Senior Research Manager at Baxter in Lund. In her role as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) she will be responsible for SenzaGen’s long-term development strategy and product portfolio.

“Gunilla has a solid scientific background, many years’ experience in managing complex research and development projects and an excellent understanding of the customer needs that we strive to satisfy. I look forward to her contribution towards the development of new products based on our unique technology platform GARD,” says SenzaGen’s CEO, Anki Malmborg Hager.

Gunilla Grundström takes up her position at SenzaGen on 1st May 2018. She succeeds Henrik Appelgren, who for personal reasons is moving to a part-time role in the company focusing on regulatory issues.

 

For more information, please contact:
Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO, SenzaGen AB
Email: anki.malmborg.hager@senzagen.com
Telephone: +46 768 284822

 

About GARD™
GARD is a group of tests for assessing chemical skin sensitizers. The tests make use of genetic biomarkers for more than 200 genes which cover the entire immune reaction and are relevant to predicting the risk of hypersensitivity. The tests have over 90 percent reliability. This compares with the current predominant test method, experiments on mice, which has an accuracy of 70-75 percent. SenzaGen’s tests are also capable of measuring the potency of a substance’s allergenic properties. Consequently, GARD tests provide a much more comprehensive basis for determining whether a substance should be classified as an allergen than current testing methods.

 

About SenzaGen
SenzaGen makes it possible to replace animal experiments with in vitro genetic testing to determine the allergenicity of the chemicals we come into contact with in our daily lives, such as for example in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food products and dyes. The company’s patented tests are the most reliable on the market and provide more information than traditional evaluation methods. We ourselves sell the tests in Sweden and the USA, and we sell through partners in several other countries. Over the next few years the company will expand geographically, make alliances with more distribution partners and launch further unique tests. SenzaGen has its headquarters in Lund in Sweden and a subsidiary in San Francisco, USA. For more information visit www.senzagen.com

 

The information was submitted for publication, through the contact person set out above on March 7, 2018 at 08:45 CET

SenzaGen AB are listed on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm and FNCA is the company’s Certified Adviser. For more information, please visit www.senzagen.com

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SenzaGen signs its first global licensing agreement with Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing Munich

Lund, 15 February, 2018 – SenzaGen (Nasdaq First North: SENZA) announces today that the company has signed a global licensing agreement with the leading contract research organization Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing Munich (Eurofins BPT Munich), to market the GARD™ test to its clients. GARD™ is a genome-based test, with higher accuracy than other available test […]

Lund, 15 February, 2018 – SenzaGen (Nasdaq First North: SENZA) announces today that the company has signed a global licensing agreement with the leading contract research organization Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing Munich (Eurofins BPT Munich), to market the GARD™ test to its clients. GARD™ is a genome-based test, with higher accuracy than other available test methods that gives the customers important safety information whether chemical substances are at risk of causing allergies in humans.

Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing is the largest network of harmonized bio/pharmaceutical GMP/GLP product testing laboratories worldwide with 30 facilities all over the world, providing comprehensive laboratory services for the world’s major pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. The Munich subsidiary of Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing was part of the successful ring trial in the validation of GARDskin™, which was completed in the autumn of 2017.

Under the terms of the agreement, Eurofins BPT Munich will immediately include GARDskin™ and the add on test GARDpotency™ as a leading diagnostic tool in its chemical safety testing services to clients in the cosmetic, chemical and pharmaceutical industries worldwide.

“This new license agreement with such a major and strong partner provides an important stepping stone in the global marketing of GARD and it is also a hallmark of the high quality and relevance of GARD. We are very pleased to sign this important deal, in particular since Eurofins BPT Munich is a leading player in chemical safety testing, with a pronounced mission to contribute to global health and safety,” says SenzaGen’s CEO Anki Malmborg Hager.

GARDskin has the potential to meet the increasing demands in the cosmetics, chemicals and pharmaceutical industries for reliable, animal-free testing methods to assess the allergy-inducing properties of chemical substances. The test is in the process of obtaining regulatory approval and inclusion in international test guidelines.

 

For more information:
Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO, SenzaGen AB
Email: anki.malmborg.hager@senzagen.com
Telephone: +46 768 284822

 

About Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing, Munich
Eurofins BPT Munich is part of the world’s largest network of biopharmaceutical GMP/GLP testing laboratories. With more than 30 years of experience Eurofins BPT Munich provides a comprehensive testing portfolio to its clients in the fields of biopharma product testing, medical device testing and human safety testing.

Eurofins BPT Munich is a leader in in vitro and ex vivo safety testing. By offering its clients a comprehensive set of alternative in vitro and ex vivo test methods Eurofins BPT Munich provides the full service toxicological evaluation under GLP.

Eurofins BPT Munich offers clients the flexibility to choose from its fee-for-service, FTE, and the award-winning Professional Scientific Services® (PSS) service models in order to meet clients’ specific project needs.
For more information please visit:     www.eurofins.com/human-safety-testing

 

About GARD
GARD is a group of tests for assessing chemical skin sensitizers. The tests make use of genetic biomarkers for more than 200 genes which cover the entire immune reaction and are relevant to predicting the risk of hypersensitivity. The tests have up to 90% reliability. This compares with the current predominant test method, experiments on mice, which has an accuracy of 70-75%. SenzaGen’s tests are also capable of measuring the potency of a substance’s allergenic properties. Consequently, GARD tests provide a much more comprehensive basis for determining whether a substance should be classified as an allergen than current testing methods.

About SenzaGen
SenzaGen makes it possible to replace animal experiments with in vitro genetic testing to determine the allergenicity of the chemicals we come into contact with in our daily lives, such as for example in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food products and dyes. The company’s patented tests are the most reliable on the market and provide more information than traditional evaluation methods. We ourselves sell the tests in Sweden and the USA, and we sell through partners in several other countries. Over the next few years the company will expand geographically, make alliances with more distribution partners and launch further unique tests. SenzaGen has its headquarters in Lund in Sweden and a subsidiary in San Francisco, USA. For more information visit www.senzagen.com

 

This information is information that SenzaGen is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the contact person set out above on the 15 February, 2018 at 10:30.

 SenzaGen AB are listed on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm and FNCA is the company’s Certified Adviser. For more information, please visit www.senzagen.com

 

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SenzaGen’s final validation report of GARDskin™ submitted to regulatory authorities – reveals highest test prediction accuracy in the field

Lund, January 12, 2018 – SenzaGen (Nasdaq First North: SENZA) announces today that the company has submitted the final report for the validation of GARDskin™ to the regulatory authorities. Global regulatory approval and recommendation by ECVAM and OECD on the use of GARDskin is expected in April 2019. The final result presented in the report […]

Lund, January 12, 2018 – SenzaGen (Nasdaq First North: SENZA) announces today that the company has submitted the final report for the validation of GARDskin™ to the regulatory authorities. Global regulatory approval and recommendation by ECVAM and OECD on the use of GARDskin is expected in April 2019. The final result presented in the report shows an unprecedented over all prediction accuracy of 93,8% in determining whether chemical substances are at risk of causing allergies. This proves that GARDskin™ outperforms all current available validated methods.

 

The analysis of the data has been performed by an independent validation statistics consultant, according to the regulatory requirements. This analysis is the base for the official report now sent in to ECVAM. The data shows that the mean accuracy from all three independent laboratories (Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing in Germany, Burleson’s Research Technologies in the United States and SenzaGen’s own laboratory in Lund) is very high, reaching an accuracy of 93,8%.

The validation has included a large number of coded chemicals unknown to the validation laboratories, to enable the blinded testing demanded in this process. All laboratory results have been provided in a blinded manner to an external validating statistics consultant, who has now decoded the identity of the chemicals to compare the GARD classification performed at each lab, and analysed the prediction accuracy of GARD in classifying compounds as non-sensitizers or sensitizers. The validation report also includes data on the robustness of the test platform and its transferability.

The results in this report constitutes the basis for the evaluation of SenzaGen’s tests in the ECVAM Scientific Committee and within the OECD for regulatory approval and Test Guideline recommendation on the use of GARDskin. The regulatory decision from OECD is expected in April 2019. GARDpotency™, which is based on the same biological platform, is being validated in parallel with GARDskin™, and is thus expected to be approved and recommended at the same time.

“These excellent validation results underpin the potential for GARD testing to become a game changer in in vitro allergy testing. We have long been aware of its high performance, and the validation now also provided by independent laboratories is of course very satisfying. Importantly, the validation has highlighted the simplicity of assay transfers to other labs. This adds to the confidence of further laboratories around the world to set up our unique assay,” says Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO of SenzaGen.

A comprehensive report of the results will be presented at the Society of Toxicology’s 57th Annual Meeting 11-15 March in San Antonio, US.

 

For more information:
Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO, SenzaGen AB
Email: anki.malmborg.hager@senzagen.com
Telephone: +46 768 284822

 

About GARD
GARD is a group of tests for assessing chemical skin sensitizers. The tests make use of genetic biomarkers for more than 200 genes which cover the entire immune reaction and are relevant to predicting the risk of hypersensitivity. The tests have up to 90% reliability. This compares with the current predominant test method, experiments on mice, which has an accuracy of 70-75%. SenzaGen’s tests are also capable of measuring the potency of a substance’s allergenic properties. Consequently, GARD tests provide a much more comprehensive basis for determining whether a substance should be classified as an allergen than current testing methods.

 

About SenzaGen
SenzaGen makes it possible to replace animal experiments with in vitro genetic testing to determine the allergenicity of the chemicals we come into contact with in our daily lives, such as for example in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food products and dyes. The company’s patented tests are the most reliable on the market and provide more information than traditional evaluation methods. We ourselves sell the tests in Sweden and the USA, and we sell through partners in several other countries. Over the next few years the company will expand geographically, make alliances with more distribution partners and launch further unique tests. SenzaGen has its headquarters in Lund in Sweden and a subsidiary in San Francisco, USA. For more information visit www.senzagen.com 

The information was provided by the contact person for publication on 12 January 2018 at 08:45.

SenzaGen AB are listed on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm and FNCA is the company’s Certified Adviser. For more information, please visit www.senzagen.com