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SenzaGen AB completes successful collaboration with Beiersdorf AG.

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%.

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SenzaGen AB attracts financial support from LU Innovation System AB.

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.

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

Linus Wiebe, Director of Innovation, LU Innovation Systems AB
linus.wiebe@innovation.lu.se
0733- 451 240

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SenzaGen recruits Dr. Carl-Henric Nilsson and Ann Gidner to the Board of Directors

-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.

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

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SenzaGen receives financial support

SenzaGen is proud to be awarded financial support by IKS Accelerator.