A company working to develop a lung cancer diagnostic has raised
more than half a million pounds of funding from a group of
investors in the Yorkshire region.
York-based Cizzle Biotech is developing a blood test that has
the potential to detect lung cancer in its early stages using
technology developed within the University of York.
The Company is founded around the work of Chief Scientific
Officer Dr Dawn Coverley on a marker called Ciz1 and is led by CEO,
John Lucas. It secured £546,000 investment including £325,000 from
Finance Yorkshire's Seedcorn Fund.
The Company's existing investors Yorkshire Cancer Research and
White Rose Technology Seedcorn Fund also continued to support the
company, investing £150,000 and £50,000 respectively.
Commenting on the Company's business and the new financing, Dr
"Lung cancer is responsible for more deaths of cancer patients
than breast, colorectal and cervical tumours combined and, unlike
these other forms of cancer, there is no screening program in place
to identify patients when lung cancer is at an early
"As a result, patients are often diagnosed late and prognosis is
poor. We are developing a new test that has the potential to
detect early stage lung cancer simply and quickly using a small
"We plan to work with leading cancer institutions across the
globe to further demonstrate the clinical benefits of our
technology. We are hoping to develop the product to a stage
where we can to partner with a leading player in the diagnostic
industry who will be able to take the test through the required
clinical and regulatory processes and to the market place.
"To achieve these goals, this new investment is critical.
"Finance Yorkshire have been very supportive throughout the fund
raising process and Investment Manager Heather Roxborough gave us a
lot of guidance. We are delighted to have Finance Yorkshire as our
new lead investor and also that Yorkshire Cancer Research and White
Rose remain supportive of our work."
Dawn Coverley, founder and CSO of Cizzle added;
"There is so much good scientific research in British
universities that could, with the right investment, be translated
into a clinically useful commercial product. Sadly, most
don't receive the necessary support to make this transition.
This investment is very important to Cizzle and will allow us to
develop a technology that could have a big impact on the lives of
Heather Roxborough, Finance Yorkshire Investment Manager,
"John and Dawn have worked hard to develop the technology to its
current stage and needed the extra finance to take it forward. We
are very pleased to have closed this investment and look forward to
working with Yorkshire Cancer Research, White Rose and the Cizzle
team during 2012.
"We believe Cizzle is developing an exciting technology, which
holds realcommercial promise and has the potential to save many
(Pictured: John Lucas and Heather