Magnitude Biosciences raises an extra £225,000 to expand

Chief Executive David Weinkove said ‘This investment from Northstar Ventures and Saker Capital is a big vote of confidence in the potential for Magnitude Biosciences to disrupt ageing research and drug discovery for age-related disease. It enables us to expand our team to provides services to worldwide academic and biotech research labs, who will benefit from our professional approach and novel technology’

Magnitude Biosciences offers a wide range of automated health related assays using the tiny nematode worm C. elegans, which ages within a week. Compared to traditional preclinical assays, the combination of innovative technology and know-how developed by Magnitude Biosciences offers significant improvements in time, costs, ethics, and both quantity and quality of data generated. Many compounds that slow ageing in mice also work in C. elegans, ensuring drug predictivity.

At the end of 2018, Magnitude Biosciences raised £150,000 in seed investment from Northstar Ventures and Saker Capital. This fund allowed the company to serve its first customers, validate its technology, and develop a range of automated assays. The follow-on investment will be used to expand both the number and scale of assays offered, increase revenues and grow the team. Magnitude aims to build on its first-year success by becoming a global gold standard service used as part of the drug discovery pipeline.

Alex Buchan from Northstar Ventures said ‘One of the things that attracted us to Magnitude in the first place was the multi-disciplinary team, bringing together biologists and physicists. From what we have seen during the past year, there is real potential in Magnitude to grow a significant business bringing high-quality jobs to the North East, which is why we have invested in this second round’.

Sean Nicolson from Saker Capital commented ‘Magnitude is well positioned to support the continued investment in research and drug discovery in the fields of ageing and age-related disease. Magnitude’s technology enables it to deliver a quick, consistent service with rich data analysis offering deep insights into the potential lifespan and healthspan effects of drug candidates. The funding round gives the team the opportunity to accelerate the rate of sales growth and to continue to develop the technology.’

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Editor’s notes:

Northstar Ventures Limited
Northstar Ventures is a venture capital and social investment firm based in the North East. We provide funding for innovative, scalable businesses and high impact social enterprises. We’ve been supporting entrepreneurs since 2004, seeking out strong teams with great ideas that will drive high growth, scalable businesses, and sustainable charities. As the North East’s leading early stage investor, we have invested over £100m into start-ups, early stage businesses and high impact social enterprises in the region. Our investment managers have a wealth of experience supporting new and growing businesses and bring commercial and operational experience, PhDs and MBAs, international careers and even a micro-business or two.

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