Venture Challenge alumnus Scope Biosciences raises €1 Million funding from GenDx
WAGENINGEN - Diagnostic startup company Scope Biosciences B.V. has raised €1 Million funding from Utrecht based GenDx, specialized in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) products for transplant diagnostics.
Elaborating on the work of Dutch Spinoza-winning scientist prof. dr. John van der Oost and ass. prof. dr. Raymond Staals at Wageningen University, Scope Biosciences applies CRISPR-Cas’ inherent specificity and ease of use to develop a molecular diagnostic platform. This will revolutionize the field of diagnostics as the simplicity of the assay promises to bring highly accurate molecular diagnostics outside the research laboratory like clinical bedside applications.
Scope Biosciences will benefit from GenDx’ experience to speed up developing and marketing the ScopeDx platform. Furthermore, Scope Biosciences plans to use the funding to grow its research and development team, and expand on the running partnerships in the development of rapid diagnostics for infectious diseases in healthcare, veterinary and agri-food applications.
The collaboration with GenDx is mutually beneficial, as it will entail a co-development trajectory to develop ScopeDx applications for transplant diagnostics.
Dr. Wietse Mulder, CEO of GenDx, commented: “We are excited to collaborate with such a motivated and energetic team of Scope Biosciences that is supported by WUR, the renowned scientists Van der Oost and Staals and the seasoned businessmen Math Kohnen and Wil Hazenberg. We truly believe that together with them both Scope Biosciences and GenDx will be able to deliver meaningful products to the field of diagnostics based on CRISPR-Cas technology.”
Niek Savelkoul, CEO of Scope Biosciences, commented: “The proprietary ScopeDx CRISPR-diagnostic platform has shown its incredible potential in various applications in the last 3 years of its development, and with this investment we can bring the first ScopeDx products to the market. We are delighted to see such excitement from GenDx who recognize the potential of the ScopeDx platform technology. We are looking forward to working with and learning from this leading provider of transplant diagnostics.”