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SpinDiag closes second financing round of EUR 3.0 million (USD 3.4 million) to complete product development of its point-of-care screening system for antibiotic-resistant bacteria

One year after its seed financing, SpinDiag GmbH closes a second financing round of EUR 3 million (USD 3.4 million) as planned. The financing will enable SpinDiag to complete the product development of its first product for screening for antibiotic-resistant bacteria and to start clinical trials. This will pave the way for regulatory approval in the EU.

To finance the current Series A, SpinDiag won over Mr. Werner Geissler as well as its existing investors once again. “Mr. Geissler is a global sales and marketing expert who can provide us with excellent support in making the best possible market entry in the EU and the US”, Dr. Daniel Mark, co-founder and CEO of SpinDiag, points out. “From the very beginning, I was convinced by the market fit and the scalability of SpinDiag’s products as a solution for urgent problems of global scale” reports Mr. Geissler. In his over 30 years with the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), Mr. Geissler most recently was Vice Chairman of Global Operations with worldwide responsibility for approximately $80 billion in revenue and over 100,000 employees. Prior, he took care of important P&G brands such as Ariel, Gillette, Max Factor, Oral-B from various locations in Germany, Japan, Turkey, Switzerland and the US.

SpinDiag’s fast and reliable diagnostic system will enable easy and efficient infection diagnostics. For the first time, healthcare facilities will be able to economically test all at-risk patients for all relevant antibiotic-resistant bacteria at their admission with SpinDiag’s first product, immediately decide on hygiene measures and may thus treat carriers of such bacteria in isolation from other patients. This will enable an efficient and safe admission process to increase patient safety and avoid costs for unnecessary isolation or even outbreaks.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria detected by the test, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), carbapenemase-producing (CPO/CRE) and extended-spectrum betalactamase-producing (ESBL) organisms, were recently attributed responsibility for more than 30,000 deaths per year in the EU in a study published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). These figures have more than doubled since 2007. In addition, 75% of them were hospital-acquired infections, so-called nosocomial infections. This makes prevention particularly important. “The SpinDiag system will provide healthcare facilities with a standardized, efficient and economical screening process that transparently focuses on patient safety,” emphasizes Dr. Mark Keller, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of SpinDiag.

“It is important to us to make SpinDiag a sustainable, innovative and valuable investment in the future for everyone involved: Future products in the SpinDiag family include tests for the diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections (STI), respiratory tract infections (RTI), and resistant tuberculosis (TB),” emphasizes Dr. Oliver Strohmeier, co-founder and CTO of SpinDiag. He adds: “With the product development status achieved to date, SpinDiag has already been able to eliminate all significant technical risks from the project for its first and subsequent products.” All components were successfully integrated into the system and pilot trials at the University Hospital of Freiburg were completed with very good results. At the same time, SpinDiag was able to underpin its unique selling proposition of an outstandingly intuitive and simple operation of the system by successful usability tests with health care professionals. “Usability is the key to ensure the lowest possible workload and the safest and quickest possible test execution,” said Keller. In April this year, at the 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Madrid (Spain), SpinDiag presented its system to the general public for the first time, which was very well received by the wide range of professionals. The event resulted in valuable contacts to established corporations as potential strategic partners, as well as to sales partners and future pilot customers. In addition to this preparation of the EU market, SpinDiag successfully carried out the planning for FDA approval for the US market with the German Accelerator Life Sciences (GALS) and deepened its understanding of the American market.

According to a report by Grand View Research, the global market for point-of-care diagnostics of infectious diseases is expected to reach USD 7.2 billion by 2020. SpinDiag will address this market with a widely patented device platform that will deliver reliable results in laboratory quality and with great efficiency – from integration into existing processes, to outstanding ease and safety of use, to extremely fast availability of results. In short: an economical system for increased patient safety.

Glossary

  • An antibiotic is a bacteriocidal or bacteriostatic substance produced by microorganisms (bacteria, fungi) of which minute concentrations inhibit the growth of bacteria.
  • A base is a component of nucleic acids. There are four different bases: adenine, guanine (purines), cytosine and thymine or uracil (pyrimidines). In RNA, thymine is replaced by uracil.
  • The life sciences involve the research, development, and marketing of products, technologies, and services on the basis of modern biotechnology.
  • There are two definitions for the term organism: a) Any biological unit which is capable of reproduction and which is autonomous, i.e. that is able to exist without foreign help (microorganisms, fungi, plants, animals including humans). b) Definition from the Gentechnikgesetz (German Genetic Engineering Law): “Any biological unit which is capable of reproducing or transferring genetic material.“ This definition also includes viruses and viroids. In consequence, any genetic engineering work involving these kinds of particles is regulated by the Genetic Engineering Law.
  • Screening is a systematic test procedure that is used to identify certain characteristics within an array of samples or persons. In molecular biology screening is used to filter a designated clone out of a gen bank, for example.
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is characterized by a progressive degeneration of motor nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. When the motor neurons can no longer send impulses to the muscles, the muscles begin to waste away, causing increased muscle weakness.
  • The term mikrofluidic describes the study of the flow behaviour of fluids at a micro-scale.
  • Staphylococcus aureus is a widespread, globular and immobile bacterium that can be found in the environment as well as on the surface of the skin and the mucosas. If it enters the body, e.g. caused by a weak immune system, it is able to cause pyic infections, food poisoning and pneumonia, which are potentially lethal.
  • In medicine, oral means that substances are taken up through the mouth. Anatomically, oral means something that lays towards the mouth.
  • Computer tomography (CT) is a imaging technique to display the structures within the body. Therefore, radiograms are taken from different directions and are analysed by a computer to get a three-dimensional image.

About SpinDiag:
SpinDiag GmbH was founded in 2016 and is based in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Based on a widely patented centrifugal microfluidics platform, the company is developing a point-of-care diagnostic system as a safe, simple and efficient rapid test for numerous infectious diseases. The first product will enable the guideline-compliant screening of patients for antibiotic-resistant bacteria at their admission. The company has already received numerous awards, including multiple from experts in the healthcare sector such as BBraun in the code_n competitionand the Techniker Krankenkasse together with Handelsblatt in the health-i competition.

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