Metabolomic Diagnostics secures €750k in second round funding 05.02.2015
Metabolomic Diagnostics secures €750k in second round funding
Frank Walsh, partner, Enterprise Equity (manager AIB Seed Capital Fund); Katy Hyland, regulatory scientist, Metabolomic Diagnostic and Charles Garvey, CEO Metabolomic Diagnostics
Co Cork based company Metabolomic Diagnostics has secured an additional €750,000 in venture funding bringing the total investment in the company in the past year to €1.5m.
The SOSventures Ireland Fund, as well as the AIB Seed Capital Fund and Enterprise Ireland, have invested in the company, which has developed novel, predictive diagnostic tests for the early detection of pre-eclampsia during pregnancy.
Based in the Hoffmann Business Park, Little Island, Co Cork, Metabolomic Diagnostics currently employs seven people.
“The second round of funding shows the sustained confidence in our pre-eclampsia tests, which are being developed at our site in Little Island in Cork,” said Charles Garvey, CEO Metabolomic Diagnostics.
“With almost 80,000 deaths each year globally as a result of pre-eclampsia, this technology has the potential to save lives and revolutionise pre-natal care.”
Pre-eclampsia is characterised by rapidly increasing blood pressure and elevated protein in urine and once it escalates, the only treatment option is the delivery of the baby, often prematurely.
The result of significant research into metabolomic biomarkers, the diagnostic blood test will be able to detect the risk of pre-eclampsia early on in the pregnancy and ultimately save the lives of women and their babies through personalised medical interventions.