SenzaGen AB completes successful collaboration with Beiersdorf

SenzaGen AB completes successful collaboration with Beiersdorf

2014-11-19, Lund, Sweden

SenzaGen AB, a diagnostic spin-off company from Lund University, reports the successful completion of a collaboration with Beiersdorf.

SenzaGen AB, a diagnostic company working to replace animal testing, has been collaborating with Beiersdorf to evaluate its skin sensitization test for chemicals.

SenzaGen AB is based on research at the Department of Immunotechnology at Lund University, providing animal-free, in vitro sensitization tests for the cosmetic, chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries.

Beiersdorf has been working in the development and recognition of alternative methods for more than 20 years and is one of the main players in the cosmetic industry in Europe. An industry that is highly interested in recommendations in this field – especially after the ban in March 2013 on animal testing in the cosmetic industry.

“It has been very valuable for SenzaGen to be able to challenge its skin sensitization test in an industrial setting.” says Prof. Carl Borrebaeck, chairman of the board of SenzaGen.

In the collaboration, blind testing of two industrial test sets of chemicals were performed using the SenzaGen proprietary GARD assay, resulting in an accuracy of 89%.

About SenzaGen

SenzaGen AB is an early-phase diagnostics company based on strong research and know-how of the immune system and its reaction to hazardous agents, such as irritants and allergens. The company’s products are genetic tests for sensitizing agents, which have been designed based on how indicator cells react when exposed to a variety of chemicals.

SenzaGen AB was created to meet the international demand to replace existing animal testing for regulatory purposes and to provide novel tools for early decision-making in product development. SenzaGen AB services will offer the most accurate, animal-free in vitro testing option for manufacturers of cosmetics, chemicals, food, and pharmaceuticals.

SenzaGen AB is a spin-off company founded by researchers at Lund University to bring academic results to good use for society. The company is situated in facilities at Medicon Village, Lund, Sweden.

www.senzagen.com

For more information please contact:

Carl Borrebaeck, Chairman of the Board, SenzaGen AB

carl.borrebaeck@immun.lth.se

+46 708 218330

SenzaGen AB has attracted support from LU Innovation System AB to promote commercialization

SenzaGen AB announces that LU Innovation System AB (LUIS) invests in the company.

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SenzaGen AB has attracted support from LU Innovation System AB to promote commercialization

2014-11-17, Lund, Sweden

SenzaGen AB announces that LU Innovation System AB (LUIS) invests in the company.

SenzaGen AB, a diagnostic company working to replace animal testing, is based on research at the Department of Immunotechnology at Lund University. The company provides in vitro sensitization tests for the cosmetic, chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries.

LU Innovation System AB (LUIS) has since 1999 been involved in spinning out 69 companies based on research from Lund University. The portfolio has now increased by the investment in SenzaGen AB.

“We have a strong connection to Lund University and the investment by LUIS acknowledges our work and provides us with the ability to take the next important steps in our commercialization strategy,” says Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO of SenzaGen AB.

“We are very pleased of being a partner in Senzagen, which we believe has a great commercial potential. The fact that their technology can replace animal experiments doesn´t make it worse”, says Linus Wiebe, Innovation Director Lund University and CEO LU Innovation System.

The company´s first product, a skin sensitization test of chemicals, is already on the market, and the company is working on next generation products that will address other types of sensitizers and other routes of exposure. Based on the demand from the market the company is now gearing up its commercial operations and prepares for the launch of further products.

About SenzaGen

SenzaGen AB is an early-phase diagnostics company based on strong research and know-how of the immune system and its reaction to hazardous agents, such as irritants and allergens. The company’s products are genetic tests for sensitizing agents, which have been designed based on how indicator cells react when exposed to a variety of chemicals.

SenzaGen AB was created to meet the international demand to replace existing animal testing for regulatory purposes and to provide novel tools for early decision-making in product development. SenzaGen AB services will make in vitro testing a real option for manufacturers of cosmetics, chemicals, food, and pharmaceuticals.

SenzaGen AB is a spin-off company founded by researchers at Lund University to bring academic results to good use for society. The company is situated in facilities at Medicon Village, Lund, Sweden.

www.senzagen.com

For more information please contact:

Anki Malmborg Hager, CEO, SenzaGen AB

amh@senzagen.com

+46 768 284822

Linus Wiebe, Director of Innovation, LU Innovation Systems AB

linus.wiebe@innovation.lu.se

0733- 451 240

Dr. Henrik Johansson, scientist and COO of SenzaGen AB, was awarded the LUSH Young Researcher Award 2014.

"The project for which Dr. Johansson was awarded, the Lush Prize Young Researcher Award, describes the development and use of the novel test method GARD – Genomic Allergen Rapid Detection, an assay for assessment of chemical sensitizers.

…GARD utilises an in vitro model of so-called dendritic cells, a central player in the human immune system. These cells are stimulated with any substances to be tested, and following an incubation time of 24h, the genetic material of the cells are isolated. By measurements of a certain set of genes in the cells, which could be viewed as on/off-switches of the immune response, the eventual risk of the tested substances ability to induce allergy can be predicted.” [Lush Prize Young Researcher http://www.lushprize.org/2014-prize/2014-prize-winners/]

Read more on Lush Prize Young Researcher Award web site

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

SenzaGen AB continues to gear up its operations

SenzaGen AB, a diagnostic spin-off company from Lund University, announces that Dr Carl-Henric Nilsson and Ann Gidner will join the board of directors.

2014-11-12, Lund, Sweden

SenzaGen AB, a diagnostic spin-off company from Lund University, announces that Dr Carl-Henric Nilsson and Ann Gidner will join the board of directors.

SenzaGen AB, a diagnostic company working to replace animal testing, recently announced the recruitment of Dr. Anki Malmborg Hager as CEO. The company now continues to recruit top level associates and hereby announces that Dr Carl-Henric Nilsson and Ann Gidner will join the board.

SenzaGen AB is based on research at the Department of Immunotechnology at Lund University, providing animal-free, in vitro sensitization tests for the cosmetic, chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries.

“We are entering into a very exciting commercial phase and are happy to be able to engage board members with international experience from our target markets,” says Prof. Carl Borrebaeck, chairman of the board of SenzaGen.

Carl-Henric Nilsson holds a PhD and M.Sc. in Industrial management, and is Associate Professor at Lund University, School of Economics and Management. He is CEO of Kunskapspartner AB, Chairman of Kunskapspartner Holding AB, Boardmember in FX International AB and Boffins Holding AB. Carl-Henric’s research is focused on Business development and Industrialization with numerous scientific publications. Carl-Henric is working with entrepreneurs on a global basis with a broad contact net, especially in China and the United States.

Ann Gidner holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering /Bioprocessing and a Bachelor in Business Administration. She has extensive international experience from the chemical industry with global leading positions in e.g. Cambrex and Lanxess Corporations. Furthermore, she has held managing positions in RFR Solutions AB, Semcon Caran AB, and Monocl AB. She is currently Director of Sales & Business Development Europe at Novozymes Biopharma, Copenhagen.

Other members of the board are chairman Carl Borrebaeck and deputy Malin Lindstedt.

About SenzaGen

SenzaGen AB is an early-phase diagnostics company based on strong research and know-how of the immune system and its reaction to hazardous agents, such as irritants and allergens. The company’s products are genetic tests for sensitizing agents, which have been designed based on how indicator cells react when exposed to a variety of chemicals.

SenzaGen AB was created to meet the international demand to replace existing animal testing for regulatory purposes and to provide novel tools for early decision-making in product development. SenzaGen AB services will offer the most accurate, animal-free in vitro testing option for manufacturers of cosmetics, chemicals, food, and pharmaceuticals.

SenzaGen AB is a spin-off company founded by researchers at Lund University to bring academic results to good use for society. The company is situated in facilities at Medicon Village, Lund, Sweden.

www.senzagen.com

For more information please contact:

Carl Borrebaeck, Chairman of the Board, SenzaGen AB

carl.borrebaeck@immun.lth.se

+46 708 218330

SenzaGen AB recruites Anki Malmborg Hager as CEO

SenzaGen AB, a diagnostic spin-off company from Lund University, announces the that Dr Anki Malmborg Hager will take the position as CEO for the company.

SenzaGen AB, a diagnostic spin-off company from Lund University, announces the that Dr Anki Malmborg Hager will take the position as CEO for the company.

SenzaGen AB is a diagnostic company working to replace animal testing. There is an increasing international demand to replace existing animal testing for regulatory purposes and to provide novel tools for early decision-making in product development. SenzaGen offers such a choice and its products are in vitro based tests accurately determining the sensitization ability of substances.

SenzaGen AB is based on research at the Department of Immunotechnology at Lund University conducted by Assoc. Prof. Malin Lindstedt and coworkers.

“The 2013 ban on animal testing in the cosmetic industry provides Senzagen with an optimal opportunity to launch many years of research into society and enter a commercial phase of our products,” says Assoc. Prof. Malin Lindstedt.

The company´s first product, a skin sensitization test of chemicals, is already on the market, and the company is working on next generation products that will address other types of sensitizers including other routes of exposure.

Based on the demand from the market the company is now gearing up its commercial operations and the first step is to recruit an experienced CEO.

“We are very happy to have been able to recruit Dr. Malmborg, who has extensive experience from commercialization of academic results, financial markets and business developments says Prof.Carl Borrebaeck, chairman of the Board of SenzaGen.

Anki Malmborg Hager has more than 20 years´ experience in both pharmaceutical and biotech companies that are spin-offs from the University. She held the position as Investment Director in Lund University Bioscience AB between 2009 and 2011 as well as management positions in eg. Alligator Bioscience AB, XImmune AB (CEO), Cantargia AB (CEO), and Diaprost AB (CEO).

“I am very pleased to have been offered this opportunity” says Anki Malmborg Hager. “The underlying research in SenzaGen is world class and the market window of opportunity is timely and very exciting. I am looking forward to joining the SenzaGen team and to lead the next steps in the commercialization of many years of first-class research”.


For more information please contact:

Carl Borrebaeck, Chairman of the Board, SenzaGen AB

carl.borrebaeck@immun.lth.se

+46 708 218330

SenzaGen AB recruites Anki Malmborg Hager as CEO

2014-11-05, Lund, Sweden

SenzaGen AB, a diagnostic spin-off company from Lund University, announces the that Dr Anki Malmborg Hager will take the position as CEO for the company.

SenzaGen AB is a diagnostic company working to replace animal testing. There is an increasing international demand to replace existing animal testing for regulatory purposes and to provide novel tools for early decision-making in product development. SenzaGen offers such a choice and its products are in vitro based tests accurately determining the sensitization ability of substances.

SenzaGen AB is based on research at the Department of Immunotechnology at Lund University conducted by Assoc. Prof. Malin Lindstedt and coworkers.

“The 2013 ban on animal testing in the cosmetic industry provides Senzagen with an optimal opportunity to launch many years of research into society and enter a commercial phase of our products,” says Assoc. Prof. Malin Lindstedt.

The company´s first product, a skin sensitization test of chemicals, is already on the market, and the company is working on next generation products that will address other types of sensitizers including other routes of exposure.

Based on the demand from the market the company is now gearing up its commercial operations and the first step is to recruit an experienced CEO.

“We are very happy to have been able to recruit Dr. Malmborg, who has extensive experience from commercialization of academic results, financial markets and business developments says Prof.Carl Borrebaeck, chairman of the Board of SenzaGen.

Anki Malmborg Hager has more than 20 years´ experience in both pharmaceutical and biotech companies that are spin-offs from the University. She held the position as Investment Director in Lund University Bioscience AB between 2009 and 2011 as well as management positions in eg. Alligator Bioscience AB, XImmune AB (CEO), Cantargia AB (CEO), and Diaprost AB (CEO).

“I am very pleased to have been offered this opportunity” says Anki Malmborg Hager. “The underlying research in SenzaGen is world class and the market window of opportunity is timely and very exciting. I am looking forward to joining the SenzaGen team and to lead the next steps in the commercialization of many years of first-class research”.

About SenzaGen

SenzaGen AB is an early-phase diagnostics company based on strong research and know-how of the immune system and its reaction to hazardous agents, such as irritants and allergens. The company’s products are genetic tests for sensitizing agents, which have been designed based on how indicator cells react when exposed to a variety of chemicals.

SenzaGen AB was created to meet the international demand to replace existing animal testing for regulatory purposes and to provide novel tools for early decision-making in product development. SenzaGen AB services will make in vitro testing a real option for manufacturers of cosmetics, chemicals, food, and pharmaceuticals.

SenzaGen AB is a spin-off company founded by researchers at Lund University to bring academic results to good use for society. The company is situated in facilities at Medicon Village, Lund, Sweden.

www.senzagen.com

For more information please contact:

Carl Borrebaeck, Chairman of the Board, SenzaGen AB

carl.borrebaeck@immun.lth.se

+46 708 218330