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Ceres Nanosciences Establishes Nine Wastewater-based COVID-19 Surveillance Centers of Excellence Under NIH RADx Initiative

MANASSAS, Virginia – November 9, 2021 Ceres Nanosciences (Ceres), a privately held company that makes innovative products to improve life science research and diagnostic testing, is announcing the establishment of nine new wastewater-based epidemiology centers of excellence, as part of the April 2021 $8.2 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADxSM) initiative. Wastewater-based epidemiology can help communities monitor infection dynamics for SARS-CoV-2 and can serve as an early-warning system for the virus in a population, but widespread implementation has been stymied by lack of robust, high-throughput viral concentration methods.​ Ceres’ Nanotrap® Magnetic Virus Particles address...

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Genetika+ CEO Talia Cohen Solal Brings Precision Medicine to Brain Health

BioSpace // Published October 21, 2021 | By Gail Dutton Genetika+ CEO and Co-founder Talia Cohen Solal/Courtesy Genetika+.  Depression, historically, has been treated by trial and error until a therapy with a positive and stable outcome can be identified. Genetika+ is changing that with precision, personalized testing that enables the right antidepressant to be selected for patients the first time. “We’re developing a blood test to match therapies to patients,” Talia Cohen Solal, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of Genetika+, told BioSpace. The test doesn’t directly assay the blood, though. Instead, “We take the blood cells and use stem cell technology to cause...

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Genetika+ – A Pioneer in Personalized Medicine for Psychiatry – Raises $10 Million in an Oversubscribed Series A

JERUSALEM AND BOSTON (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 New investment underscores the company’s promise to transform precision medicine and mental health Genetika+, bringing the first personalized medicine platform for optimizing psychiatric and neurologic patient treatment, announced today that it has closed a $10 million Series A funding round led by GreyBird Ventures, a Boston-based VC focused on precision medicine. Also participating in the round are Meron Capital, Jumpspeed Ventures, Sapir Venture Partners, Howard Morgan Chairman of B Capital Group and Michael Zeisser of FMZ Ventures and former Chairman, Investments at Alibaba Group. Genetika+’s lead solution personalizes antidepressant treatment for each patient. The...

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Angstrom Bio Raises $3M in Private Financing

Jun 16, 2021 | staff reporter NEW YORK — Angstrom Bio said on Wednesday that it has secured a $3 million investment that it will use to launch a nanopore sequencing-based test that simultaneously detects SARS-CoV-2 infection and identifies variants of the virus and to develop a multiplexed panel for respiratory pathogens. The investment was led by GreyBird Ventures. In connection with the financing, GreyBird cofounders Scott Gazelle and Tom Miller have joined Angstrom’s board of directors. Angstrom was founded in 2019 to develop antibody therapeutics but pivoted to SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics at the start of the pandemic. The Austin, Texas-based company uses a technology, dubbed...

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Germany’s GNA Biosolutions Commercializing Rapid MDx Instrument, SARS-CoV-2 Test

Jan 27, 2021  NEW YORK – With recent regulatory approval in Germany, GNA Biosolutions has begun commercializing a rapid, moderate-throughput, sample-to-answer molecular diagnostics instrument called Octea along with an assay for SARS-CoV-2. The Munich-based firm also is using support from the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) to develop its technology into a disposable molecular diagnostics system, which it expects to be a pioneer in instrument-free home-use molecular testing.    GNA Biosolutions received Emergency Use Authorization from the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices for its SARS-CoV-2 test on the Octea instrument late last year. The Octea tests eight samples simultaneously, while...

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NIH Awards Ceres Nanosciences $8.2M for Wastewater-Based COVID-19 Surveillance

Apr 21, 2021 GenomeWeb NEW YORK – Ceres Nanosciences announced on Wednesday it has been awarded an $8.2 million contract from the National Institutes of Health’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Initiative. The funding will support the development and implementation of wastewater-based surveillance systems for COVID-19. Manassas, Virginia-based Ceres plans to develop surveillance systems using its Nanotrap particle technology at a network of sites, with an emphasis on underserved and vulnerable populations. In a statement, Ceres noted that wastewater surveillance can be used to monitor trends in SARS-CoV-2 infection at a population level, but that “widespread implementation has been stymied by...

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