Vivacta raises US$4.5 million to commercialise piezofilm technology for point-of-care diagnostic tests

18 June 2009

Kent-based diagnostic technology company Vivacta has announced today that following successful development of its TSH (thyroid function) test, together with prototype commercial readers, it has closed a $4.5 million financing round that was fully subscribed by existing investors.

Vivacta CEO Neil Butler commented, “The success of this financing round underpins the support we have from our shareholders and signals their confidence that our ultrasensitive immunochemistry platform will reset the benchmark for diagnosis at the point-of-care.

"The clinical evaluation of the system has now commenced and we anticipate achieving regulatory clearance within 12 months. The cartridge pilot manufacturing facility has commenced weekly manufacturing campaigns for internal evaluation. Validation of the facility and product is planned for later this year”.

Vivacta’s technology was recently presented at the influential Oak Ridge Conference. Further announcements regarding commercialisation of the system are anticipated in the coming months.

Vivacta’s current investors include AGF Private Equity, HBM Bioventures, Spark Ventures and the original sponsor, Viking Technologies.

Figure 1. Blood drawn into the cartridge from capillary fillVivacta has developed an immunoassay test that can be delivered at the point-of-care. The test kit consists of a portable bench-top reader and a credit-card-sized disposable cartridge to take and analyse a pin-prick of blood. Based on piezofilm technology it can analyse whole blood for TSH in just five minutes, allowing, for the first time, testing, reporting and treatment to be done in the same doctor's appointment.

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