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Swedish biotech company grabs $21M Series A to detect early stage cancer

Headquartered in Stockholm, Elypta develops the first metabolism-based liquid biopsy platform to prevent cancer mortality through early detection. Now to do so, the startup manages to raise 21 million dollars in a Series A round led by Bonnier Ventures. The cancer diagnotics company’s round saw many participants including Swedish VC firms Chalmers Ventures, Norrsken VC, Navigare Ventures, Industrifonden and a privately-owned investment company Hillclimber along with Spain-based VC firm Nina Capital. This capital injection will enable Elypta to improve research specimens for early detection of multi-cancer in adults without showing any symptoms.

Elypta raises $21 million Series A to develop metabolism-based multi-cancer early detection test

Elypta, a Swedish diagnostics company aiming to commercialize the first metabolism-based liquid biopsy for early detection of any cancer, today announced the raise of $21 million in a series A financing round led by Bonnier Ventures.

Elypta, Industrifonden, Karl Bergman

“The series A is a pivotal moment for Elypta as it fully funds the development of our two leading indications,” says Karl Bergman, CEO at Elypta.

The company will use the capital to develop and validate blood and urine tests for Multi-Cancer Early Detection (MCED) in adults with no symptoms of cancer and for detection of recurrence in kidney cancer patients. The tests are based on the exhaustive profiling of human glycosaminoglycans – also known as the GAGome – as biomarkers of cancer metabolism, an approach pioneered by Elypta based on research performed at Chalmers University of Technology by founders Francesco Gatto and Jens Nielsen.

Elypta, Francesco Gatto“Our MCED test has the potential to greatly increase the share of cancers detected at the earliest stages when treatment could mean a cure besides being less costly,” says Francesco Gatto. “Detecting stage I cancer is the key challenge here, and whereas other MCED tests based on cell free DNA struggle to find cancer at this early stage, metabolism-based biomarkers could really make a difference.”

Bonnier Ventures led the round and were joined by existing owners such as Wallenberg Investment’s venture capital arm Navigare Ventures, Industrifonden, Norrsken VC, Nina Capital, Chalmers Ventures and Hillclimber. Locust Walk served as transaction advisor to Elypta.

Elypta, Bonnier Ventures, Sofia Hasselberg“Bonnier Ventures is proud to support Elypta’s excellent team in their mission to reduce cancer mortality,” says Sofia Hasselberg, Investment Director at Bonnier Ventures. “The metabolism-based technology is unique in this space and enables detection of many cancer types prior to symptoms. As it is also more cost-efficient than anything we have seen, we believe it has great potential to improve cancer outcomes.”

” We are delighted to now have Bonnier Ventures among our owners,” says Karl Bergman. “They are a financially strong, long-term investor adding great networks and industry expertise to Elypta.”

Elypta, Chalmers Ventures, Pontus Ottoson“We see a strong development at Elypta,” says Pontus Ottosson, Head of Investments at Chalmers Ventures. “Elypta has a unique potential to develop technology for early detection of cancer, which in that case will reduce cancer mortality. For us, this is an important impact investment to contribute to better cancer care.

Therefore, it is both fun and important to see that key investors follow, and that Bonnier Ventures chooses to join. We look forward to following the development of Elypta’s technology and business.”

Elypta’s multicancer test has the potential to detect more cases of cancer in the very earliest stages, which makes treatment more effective, less costly and reduces mortality from the disease.

“Elypta’s blood and urine test technology is based on biomarkers from human metabolism. The technology can enable early detection and more frequent follow-up of cancer. A technology and a test that Elypta is the first in the world with,” says Karl Bergman, CEO of Elypta.

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Nurcin Metingil
Nurcin Metingil
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