Diagnostics and monitoring of respiratory disease using biomarkers in saliva.
The Investment Opportunity
COPD specifically refers to a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulty and mainly affects smokers in later life. According to the World Health Organisation, it is the third greatest cause of death worldwide. However, Glyconics advise it is currently an under-diagnosed condition with a high proportion of sufferers unaware of their diagnosis. To date, there is no existing state-of-the-art technology available to identify disease severity, disease progression or indicate early exacerbation (periods of time when symptoms can particularly flare up) in COPD.
The Company aims to address this unmet need through its innovative point-of-care test technology. Glyconics has developed a low-cost, easy-to-use, hand-held, miniaturised device for easy detection and monitoring by healthcare workers. The device works by simply applying a small saliva sample from a patient onto the surface of the device. The sample is internalised, and the composition is analysed by the Company’s unique software which identifies the infra-red spectrum pattern, with results given in less than 10 minutes. The result will give an indication of whether the patient has COPD and whether an exacerbation is imminent.
Milestones to Date
Deepbridge initially invested £150k via Deepbridge Life Sciences SEIS.
Working with NHS Portsmouth for the collection of saliva samples for testing.
Included in the Journal of MHealth, “Global Digital Health Top 100 Companies”.
Featured in Business Weekly’s “Top 50 Ones to Watch”.
Named as one of the “80 standout European start-up pioneers driving seismic change in the post-pandemic world” by FT-backed innovation website, Sifted.eu.
Dr Niall Gallen, CTO named in the “#21toWatch people shortlist”.
£140k grant awarded as part of the Defence and Security Accelerator (‘DASA’).
Achieved ISO 13485 certification.
Risks and Important Information
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