Sphere Fluidics

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Sphere Fluidics
Private
IndustryResearch and Development
FoundedFebruary 24, 2010 (2010-02-24)
FounderDr. Frank. F. Craig, Professor Wilhelm Huck, Professor Chris Abell and Dr. Maher Khaled
Headquarters
Babraham
,
United Kingdom
Area served
Worldwide
Servicesbiochemical and anti-micobial screening, synthetic biology, genome editing of single cells.

Sphere Fluidics is an England-based Life Sciences Research and Development company specializing in developing novel tools for biopharmaceutical discovery and development, cell therapy engineering, analysis and isolation.[1] Sphere Fluidics has been named one of the UK's top 50 disruptive SMEs by Real Business in 2015.[2]

History[change | change source]

Sphere Fluidics Limited was originally established in 2010, by two chemistry professors of Cambridge University, namely, Professor Chris Abell[3] and Professor Wilhelm Huck along with Dr. Frank F. Craig, an entrepreneur, and Dr. Maher Khaled, a Cambridge University Enterprise.[4]

In 2013, Sphere Fluidics spun out of Cambridge University to a new research facility in Babraham Research Campus. In 2013, Sphere Fluidics won an award for academic spin-outs at the ACES awards.[5][6]

Overview[change | change source]

Sphere Fluidics operates in various markets including biopharmaceutical discovery and development, anti-microbial screening, synthetic biology and genome editing of single cells. [1]

In January 2017, Sphere Fluidics launched an e-commerce platform which had, microfluidic products, research instrument accessories, and microfluidic biochips, in its product line.[7][8]

In July 2017, Sphere Fluidics won “Best Investment in Life Sciences” Award, in the event held by the UK Business Angels Association.[9][10]

Funding[change | change source]

Sphere Fluidics has raised £11 million as of 2017, from investors namely, 24 Haymarket[11], Amadeus Capital Partners, Greenwood Way Capital, University of Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge, Parkwalk Advisors, Providence Investment Company, London Business Angels[12], Envestors, Angels5K, Cambridge Angels, Q-Ventures and a Japanese corporate investor.[13][14]

Cyto-Mine Technology[change | change source]

Cyto-Mine Technology is one of the patented products of Sphere Fluidics.[15]

Cyto-Mine technology is the integrated device that is able to automatically perform single cell analysis, sorting, imaging and dispensing into individual wells of microtitre plates in a single compact system.[13] Based on the research made by Professors Chris Abell and Wilhelm Huck, this biochip system can automatically process millions to billions of miniaturised tests in tiny picodroplets.[16]

According to the scientists at Sphere Fluidics, Cyto-Mine can perform millions of single-cell assays daily, offering up to a 100-fold improvement over conventional techniques, at lower capital and operational cost. [13]

References[change | change source]

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  6. "Sphere Fluidics Wins Award for Academic Spin-Outs Labmate Online". www.labmate-online.com. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  7. Dealmakers, BioPharma (2017-01-24). "Sphere Fluidics Launches E-commerce Site Allowing Researchers Rapid Access to Specialist Microfluidic Products". BioPharma Dealmakers. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  8. "Sphere Fluidics Launches E-commerce Site Allowing Researchers Rapid Access to Specialist Microfluidic Products - Scientific Technology News". Scientific Technology News. 2017-01-24. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
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  11. "Investment flows towards Sphere Fluidics · Articles · Global University Venturing". www.globaluniversityventuring.com. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  12. "London Business Angels investment helps Sphere Fluidics close £1.6m early stage funding round". Business Matters. 2013-03-10. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Sphere Fluidics: biotherapeutics device attracts $7m investment - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
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  15. "Sphere Fluidics: Ramping up Growth to Find the "One in a Billion"! | Evaluate". www.evaluategroup.com. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
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