Challenging perceptions. Transforming innovations. Changing lives.
We collaborate with the most exciting sci-entrepreneurs to help transform bold visions into thriving companies that improve people’s lives.
Life changing Science
Building successful life sciences and healthcare ventures is technically challenging, pricey and unpredictable. Too often we’ve seen them fail to reach the public sphere.
We have developed the knowledge, network and tools to help founders overcome these challenges and ensure valuable science is translated into tangible technologies.
From concept to market
We invest time, resources and capital to de-risk and fast-track your development. Whether you have the seed of a scientific innovation or are building your proof of concept, our multi-phase framework is designed to help you translate your vision into a thriving business.
What we offer
- Non-dilutive prizes, services and equity investment packages
- Lab and office space
- Executive mentorship and global network
we support with
- Proof of concept generation, validation and development
- Strategy development, route to market and business planning
Our story so far
Our startup founders
Enterobiotix are leveraging the untapped potential of the human microbiome to develop novel medicinal products that restore health and prevent disease, with an initial focus on infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They are developing and advancing three core product portfolios that build on the science of faecal microbiota transplantation. Founder James started the company as a 21-year-old medical student and joined Panacea in 2017, taking home the prize package for that year. The company is now flourishing and have secured over £2M in funding.
VisusNano Ltd. is developing a drug-eluting intraocular lens implant, for use in patients undergoing cataract surgery. Their product improves patient outcomes, obviates the need for eye drops after surgery, and avoids the need for laser treatment after surgery. Co-founders Joanna, Elodie, Philip, and Darren joined PanaceaStars in 2016 and were the winner of our competition for that year. Since then, they have raised over £450K of funding to continue growing their company.
DJS Antibodies’ proprietary antibody discovery technology delivers unprecedented success rates in the discovery of functional antibodies to GPCRs. Built on a deep understanding of immunology and antibody production it enables them to discover functional antibodies to complex protein targets. Co-founders Joe and David joined PanaceaStars in 2016 while completing their respective DPhil at the University of Oxford. They have since raised £2.5M in pre-seed funding to continue develop their venture.
Cambridge Cancer Genomics
Cambridge Cancer Genomics (CCG) uses advances in machine learning, AI and big data analysis to power a new type of cancer treatment regimen. Their mission is to ensure that each patient has the right treatment to beat their cancer. Co-founders John, Harry, Evaline, and Nirmesh joined PanaceaStars back in 2017 shortly after creating their company. They subsequently joined the Y Combinator programme and raised $4M in seed funding. They continue to expand and to grow, pushing the boundaries of precision oncology.
What our partners say
“Through our partnership with Panacea we have been able to help young entrepreneurs bring exciting new ground-breaking ideas into the health and life sciences field. Our partnership has helped nurture and encourage this next generation of innovators to transform concepts into attractive commercial propositions.”
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Panacea as a mentor over the last few years and have been consistently impressed with the quality of the teams and the science in the start-ups they support. It’s been great to see how Panacea has grown in this time to offer key support to entrepreneurs in the UK and globally”
“J A Kemp’s experience with PanaceaStars has been awesome! The PanaceaStars team is engaging, talented and they know how to deliver results. Every year we get to meet and mentor numerous brand-new tech start-ups. It’s a privilege to help these companies understand and protect their IP as they turn their science into marketable products. Thank you PanaceaStars!”
Dr Peter Silcock,
J A Kemp
‘’The KPMG Tech Growth team are continually looking to engage with and support exciting businesses with excellent potential. We are therefore delighted to have the opportunity, through workshops and mentoring, of working with the PanaceaStars businesses as part of the broad package of support that the company provides.‘’
Technology Sector Team,
“One of BD’s key external innovation initiatives includes identifying transformation startups that combine cutting edge technology, 21st century business models and relentless entrepreneurs. We are therefore excited to be a first time partner with PanaceaStars to source innovative startups...”
Strategic Technology Partnerships Team, Becton Dickinson Technology & Innovation
How do I get involved?
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