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£2.45m to further develop early stage skin cancer test

£2.45m to further develop early stage skin cancer test

Sharon McKee

Apr 25 2022

(L–R): Jane Meaney (Marketing Director), Prof. Penny Lovat (CSO) and Dr Marie Labus (CEO), pictured at The Biosphere, Newcastle

Northstar Ventures is delighted to continue investing in AMLo Biosciences Ltd (AMLo), with further funding from the North East Innovation Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

AMLo, an innovative medical device company spun out of Newcastle University specialising in the early detection of skin cancers, has secured significant further investment totalling £2.45m.

At present all early stage melanomas are treated in a similar way, sometimes involving invasive surveillance diagnostics designed to identify the few high-risk melanomas at the expense of the many. AMBLor®, AMLo’s “rule-out” prognostic test for early stage skin cancer, can accurately identify genuinely low risk, early-stage melanomas, potentially relieving thousands of patients from the risks associated with surveillance techniques and significant anxiety.

The round, including new investment from Ascension’s Life Fund and Conduit’s EIS Impact Fund, as well as re-investment from NorthStar Ventures, Future Planet Capital’s BIF Opportunities Fund, Esperante, and a number of Angel Investors, highlights the continued confidence in the technology and leadership of the business.

AMLo’s CEO and co-founder, Dr Marie Labus said:
“This funding allows AMLo to embark on the next step of our journey with the resources to potentially relieve countless people with early stage melanoma from the anxiety and follow-up burden that should be reserved for those with higher risk disease. I am delighted to welcome several new investors, and especially to see such strong additional commitment from our previous partners. Our levelling up from an academic spin-out to a commercial success is critical to ensure we have the resources to further drive innovation in medical devices across our markets.”

The funding will facilitate the completion of essential clinical studies, providing the evidence required to gain inclusion in Clinical Guidelines in key markets and supporting the launch of AMBLor® in the UK and US in 2022 and Australia in 2023.

Alex Buchan, Investment Director, Northstar, said:
“We have worked with AMLo since inception and have been consistently impressed by the quality of the technology and the expertise of the team. This investment gives the company the fuel to accelerate development and bring a valuable prognostic tool to market, meeting a real unmet need. Amlo is a great example of one of the growing number of female-led businesses which are coming out of the region’s universities.”

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