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Sano Genetics Ltd.. (1/22/24). "Press Release: Sano Genetics Raises $11.4 Million Led by Plural to Power Precision Medicine Revolution with Seamless Trials". Cambridge.

> Sano Genetics is the only software platform tailored to running precision medicine clinical trials, leveraging AI to manage all aspects from design to patient recruitment, to genetic and other biomarker testing and patient engagement

> Precision medicine is a fast-growing category - today more than 30% of trials are precision-driven which is predicted to reach 80% by the end of the decade

>Sano Genetics is experiencing huge demand for its product, experiencing 5x growth ARR year-on-year and now serving four of the major pharmaceutical companies

> New funding brings the total raised by the company to $22M to help it meet demand and further automate its processes

Sano Genetics, a software company accelerating precision medicine research, has raised $11.4 million in new funding, led by Plural with participation from existing investors including MMC Ventures, Episode 1 and Seedcamp.

Founded by Patrick Short (CEO), Charlotte Guzzo (COO) and William Jones (CTO), Sano Genetics is developing software to enable the precision medicine revolution. The company combines genetic testing, recruitment, and long-term engagement in one platform, accelerating enrollment and simplifying operations for precision medicine teams driving breakthroughs for patients.

In 2023 alone, Sano Genetics experienced 5x ARR growth year-on-year, doubled its headcount to 62, and expanded into the large pharmaceutical market, working with four of the top 20 pharma companies. The company is seeing early gains from deploying AI to streamline the trial process and delight its customers. The new funding, which brings the total raised to $22M, will be used to meet the growing demand for its products, leverage AI further and expand its reach to more countries, becoming the ultimate precision trial platform.

Solving bottlenecks in precision medicine R&D

Medical trials underpin modern healthcare yet clinical research is an incredibly complex and time-consuming process for both patients and companies running trials including pharmaceutical companies and emerging biotech startups. Access and referrals for patients to join trials often depend on the hospital or location where they’re receiving treatment - which is why recruiting for clinical trials is one of the biggest challenges in research. Only one in five trials find enough participants in the predefined time frame, which means patients continue to wait for potentially new and better treatment options.

When it comes to precision medicine, which requires understanding the genetics of patients and tailoring drugs to suit them, it can be even more difficult for researchers to find the right patients for a trial. In these highly regulated environments, it can be difficult for large organisations to incorporate the latest technology into their methodology, meaning existing solutions for patient recruitment, genetic testing and engagement can be slow and cumbersome. This is why the average R&D for a new precision oncology drug is $3.53bn, rising to $4.62bn for non-precision oncology medicines.

Sano Genetics connects patients across four countries, including the UK, US, Australia and Canada, with pharmaceutical companies and biotech companies conducting clinical trials, making it easier for patients to access precision medical treatment and for companies to bring new, effective drugs to market quickly. By providing a digital matchmaking experience for conducting clinical trials, it's quick and seamless for customers to load their new trial into the Sano platform and include the criteria for patients they’re looking for. Sano Genetics then supports with recruitment of suitable patients, including advertising through social media and via healthcare providers - onboarding participants up to three times faster than traditional methods.

Once patients are recruited, customers use Sano’s platform to manage all aspects of the trial including participant communication, facilitating genetic and other biomarker testing, returning results and even supporting patients with genetic counselling. This is all enabled through the platform’s consumer-grade interface, which prioritises security and compliance throughout.

A generational shift in drug development

Precision medicine marks a generational shift in drug development, as clinical trials using genetic data have a 26% success rate compared to 10% for standard clinical trials. Sano Genetics is the platform powering the adoption of precision medicine, enabling companies and research institutions worldwide to carry out precision medicine trials more efficiently and effectively, simplifying each step and connecting them with research participants.

The platform has supported close to 20+ different studies, from rare and ultra-rare diseases affecting newborn babies, all the way to neurodegenerative diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) - a form of motor neurone disease (MND) - and Parkinson’s. This experience supporting patients in medical research participation, inspired the platform recently to launch Light The Way, a new programme for families affected by ALS in December 2023. Light The Way offers peer support, DNA testing, genetic counselling and education. Sano Genetics will use the new funding to run similar programmes to lead the charge for predictive and preventive genetics, as part of its mission to accelerate the future of precision medicine.

Patrick Short, co-founder and CEO of Sano Genetics, said: “Precision medicine is transforming how we think about and approach healthcare, and clinical trials are the bedrock of precision drug development. In the past 12 months, we’ve scaled up our capacity to hold three times more trials than the year before and launched our first programme supporting families affected by ALS. I’m so pleased with everything the team has achieved so far and this new funding will help us to integrate LLMs and other AI tools to drive more productivity. This will help us continue our growth trajectory, particularly with the help of visionary investors like Carina Namih, who supported our seed round and is now supporting us again at Plural.”

Carina Namih, partner at Plural, said: “Precision medicine is going to transform how healthcare is delivered but it needs seamless software tools like Sano Genetics’ to accelerate its impact. My own experience of the difficulty of running clinical trials during my time leading HelixNano helped me understand profoundly just how sorely a platform like Sano Genetics is needed. Patrick and the Sano team have made huge strides in 2023, and I am delighted to be able to continue to support the company to bring faster, more effective clinical trials.”

Charlotte Barttelot, Principal at MMC Ventures, said: "We are excited to back Sano Genetics again after leading its Series A. We continue to see the pull from biopharma for a market-leading infrastructure software to underpin their precision medicine trials which has been evidenced by the strong growth in 2023. We are excited to see this accelerate into 2024."


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About Sano Genetics:

Sano Genetics’ broad mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to precision medicine. Although accessibility to DNA sequencing has surged in the past decade, precision medicine studies have failed to keep up. They are still complex, time-consuming and costly, and many potentially life-changing treatments never see daylight. Sano simplifies precision medicine studies with a 360° platform that connects every stage: strategy consultation, patient finding, biomarker screening, patient engagement and analytics. The company works with pharmaceutical companies and biotechs to find, screen, and engage participants faster and more cost effectively; with researchers to increase efficiency and impact; and with patient advocacy groups to drive research with and for their communities. Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, Sano’s diverse team combines years of expertise in medical research, genetics and security-focused software engineering. More information is available at.

About Plural:

Plural is an early-stage investment fund that backs the most ambitious founders on a mission to change the world through technology. Plural launched in June 2022 with the aim to give serious founders in Europe investors with experience to match their ambition. Based in Tallinn, Estonia and London, UK, Plural’s mission is to have GDP-level impact on Europe, address systemic risks and reduce the opportunity gap worldwide through the companies it backs.

About MMC Ventures:

MMC is a leading European venture capital firm with a focus on early stage transformative technology companies that utilise AI and data science across sectors including enterprise AI, fintech, data-driven health and cloud & data infrastructure. Examples of companies MMC has backed include: Synthesia, Signal AI, Copper, Interactive Investor, Snowplow, Current Health, YuLife and Ably.

Record changed: 2024-01-30


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