Atlas Genetics raises £16.9m for market entry of Chlamydia-diagnostics
Bristol – Atlas Genetics has raised £16.9m from a syndicate of new and existing investors led by Novartis Venture Funds, and Consort Medical plc. The series B round will be drawn down over three years to help to commercialize infectious disease tests, especially the global launch of the Velox diagnostic-kit for Chlamydia and gonorrhea. Commercial launch of the system is planned for 2012. The money will also be used for the development of other infectious disease tests and to expand the immunoassay capability of the Velox system.
Velox is a point of care-diagnostic system for a broad range of infectious diseases using either nucleic acid or immuno-assays. Atals’s CEO John Clarkson commented: “We are delighted to welcome the new investors at this time when the company’s first productn is being transferred to manufacture and the core capabilities of the sensor chemistry are being expanded.“
The new investors in this series B financing are Novartis Venture Funds, LSP (Life Sciences Partners), BB Biotech Ventures and Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation. The newly announced financing follows a £1.5 million round in February 2011 supported by Consort Medical plc and other investors. The Company has been funded previously, and continues to be supported, by YFM Equity Partners, Braveheart Investment Group, Wyvern Asset Management, the Crescent Seedcorn Fund and private investors.