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CryoLogyx completes £500k seed funding round

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CryoLogyx
19 March 2024
CryoLogyx

CryoLogyx, a University of Warwick spinout in cryopreservation, has closed an oversubscribed seed funding round. The £500,000 investment came from private UK business angels and the Wider Oxford Technology Angel Network (WOTAN), which includes previous investors Oxford Technology Management. The funding will be used to support commercialization of the company’s innovative cryopreserved cell technology, scale up production of its assay-ready cells and expand its reach in the UK and Europe.

CryoLogyx was spun out from the University of Warwick in 2020 by CEO, Dr Tom Congdon and CSO, Prof Matt Gibson who developed a unique cryopreservation method based on more than a decade of research. The company provides assay-ready, cryopreserved cells conveniently plated in a variety of formats and optimized for in vitro research. Its proprietary cryoprotectant technology, Cryoshield, significantly reduces post-thaw damage to allow for direct use of viable cells from the freezer in less than 24 hours, helping researchers save up to 90 per cent of their time on routine cell culture tasks.

CryoLogyx’s range of frozen, ready-to-use adherent cell lines offers scientists an efficient, reliable and cost-effective solution with enhanced reproducibility. This could help to support the development of new screening technologies and automation in drug discovery, as well as potential future diagnostic and cell therapy applications. Most recently, the ready-to-use cells enabled scientists at the Warwick Antimicrobial Screening Service to deliver a typical four-week project in four days. 

The latest funding follows earlier investment from Oxford Technology Management and private investors, alongside a £300K grant from Innovate UK in 2021. It will allow CryoLogyx to expand its team and scale production of its pioneering cell-based assays to meet increasing demand from the UK and European markets. It will also support the company’s R&D programme, allowing it to accelerate the development and commercialization of new products and services, broadening its offering to existing and prospective customers, and opening up opportunities for global partnerships.

Dr Tom Congdon, CEO and Co-founder, CryoLogyx, said: “We are grateful to our business angel investors and WOTAN for their confidence and continued support in the company's growth. CryoLogyx is proud to be empowering scientists to conduct research more efficiently using our cryopreserved, assay-ready cells and this funding will help us scale operations to ensure we meet researchers’ needs and expand our reach into new markets.” 

Dr Tim Hart, Director, Warwick Innovationswho is working with CryoLogyx to commercialise its technology, added: This funding boost is testament to the company's potential and reflects the trust investors have in CryoLogyx’s vision and leadership. It’s a truly remarkable technology with the potential to significantly reduce the experimental burden on researchers and expedite the discovery of lifesaving diagnostics and therapies. I very much look forward to seeing the company continue to go from strength to strength.”


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Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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