Mekonos raises $4.6M for Gene Engineering Platform
Yesterday, Mekonos, a biotechnology company that is currently working on launching the groundbreaking system-on-a-chip (SoC) for targeted ex vivo gene engineering, announced that it had raised $4.6 million to accelerate their gene engineering platform for current and new commercial partnerships. The financing round was led by Novartis AG and input from institutional VCs.
The platform is a physically controlled infrastructure that enables researchers to treat therapy cells that can be controlled like data while removing statistical uncertainty. The core of the platform is a scalable gene-editing chip, which underlines a high innovative level which would have not been thinkable a couple of years ago.
With its platform, the company has achieved a breakthrough that allows for molecular delivery in gene editing and synthetic biology. It is scalable across all cell types and has shown to be a great solution for partners so far, helping them to increase capacity, increase discoveries, and develop new preclinical assets in the cell and gene therapy area.
Just in the past year, the biotech company had ensured collaborations with two top 5 pharma companies and cell therapy research groups for their high yield SoC molecular delivery. Mekonos also recently completed pilots with key top pharma companies and institutes that suggested high effectiveness of modified gene expression and cell viability. The goal now is to expand existing collaborations and find new partners to expand their research.
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