Cambridge, UK, 18 September 2020 – Microbiotica, a leading player in microbiome-based therapeutics and biomarkers, has been named Business Weekly Young Company of the Year 2020.
The “Young Company of the Year” category is awarded to the most exciting recently incorporated enterprise in any sector that has made significant progress in the last 12 months. Microbiotica has been recognised for its continued development in using human data to drive new therapeutic strategies in the microbiome to fulfil its potential as a new class of medicine.
Microbiotica has addressed the challenges of taking microbiome therapeutics into a rational, data-driven era. Its platform, evolved from technology developed over more than a decade at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, comprises the world’s leading microbiome Culture Collection and Reference Genome Database, advanced Microbiome Bioinformatics and Machine Learning technology, and an unprecedented capability to isolate all the gut bacteria from any one human. The Company is able to use these tools to comprehensively analyse large clinical datasets, discern specific bacteria associated with patient phenotypes, and identify candidates for therapeutics or biomarkers to manage drug treatment.
Earlier this year, the Company signed a collaboration agreement with Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) to develop microbiome co-therapeutics and biomarkers for cancer patients receiving checkpoint inhibitor therapy. This collaboration represents further progress by the Company into the immuno-oncology field, having discovered a key predictive biomarker and therapeutic with an established preclinical proof-of-concept.
This collaboration is a further validation of the Company’s technology following a major collaboration with Genentech/Roche in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and one with University of Adelaide to develop novel bacterial therapy for Ulcerative Colitis (UC). The therapeutic in UC has also made significant progress in the past 12 months, with key preclinical proof-of-concept established.
Dr Mike Romanos, CEO of Microbiotica, said of the win: “This year has been significant for Microbiotica; and Dr Trevor Lawley (co-founder and CSO) and I are proud that the company has been recognised for the milestones it has achieved over the past year. Winning this award is a testament to the entire team here, as well as the quality of our ongoing programmes and collaborations. I believe that we have built a world-leading platform that best positions us to explore the microbiome as a new class of medicine in a wide range of diseases, with much further progress in the coming years”
Microbiotica is a leading player in the field of microbiome-based therapeutics, biomarkers and targets. The Company is building a growing pipeline of best-in-class differentiated products based on high quality clinical datasets and unique bacterial signatures that drive biology, identified by its proprietary platform.
Consisting of the world’s leading microbiome Reference Genome Database, Culture Collection, mass culturing technology (Personalised Bacterial Bank) and proprietary AI tools, Microbiotica’s platform enables unrivalled strain-level microbiome analysis linked to patient phenotypes. The Company’s current therapeutic areas of focus are immuno-oncology and IBD, and it has established major clinical and academic partnerships, including a $534m collaboration with Genentech.
Spun out of the Sanger Institute in 2016 by Dr Mike Romanos, Dr Trevor Lawley and Professor Gordon Dougan, the Company is based at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridge, UK, with offices in the Biodata Innovation Centre and laboratories in the Sanger Institute. Microbiotica’s investor syndicate includes Cambridge Innovation Capital, IP Group plc and Seventure Partners.
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