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 translational funding and equity investment packages
- Commercialisation and business development services
- Design, development and prototyping of scientific proofs-of-concepts
- Executive mentorship and global network
- Lab and office space
Our story so far
Secured > £500k in seed investments
Combined value of top 10 ventures
Our startups founders
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 Panacea Stars in 2017 shortly after creating their company. They subsequently joined the Y Combinator programme and to-date they’ve raised $8M in seed capital. They continue to expand and to grow, pushing the boundaries of precision oncology.
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 Stars in 2017, taking home Panacea Stars Develop phase prize package for that year. The company is now flourishing and have secured over £2M in funding.
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 Panacea Stars 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.
CRIAM provides fast, affordable and in-situ blood test analysis to empower people with instant information about their well-being and health conditions. The premise lies in providing to monitor, control and contain diseases worldwide. Founded by Vitor, Ana and Filipe, CRIAM joined Panacea Stars in 2018 from Portugal, and went on to secure £3.5M from Faster Capital.
Phenomic AI accelerates drug discovery with AI. They combine machine learning and phenotypic screening to unlock key discoveries that will advance medicine in the next decade. Co-founders Sam and Oren joined Panacea Stars in 2018 and raised £1.8M from Innovia Ventures and Radical Capital.
Cytera builds machines that automate the growing of human and animal cells. Formerly HackScience, Ignacio, Ali and Henry joined Panacea Stars in 2017 and subsequently participated in Y Combinator receiving £1.4M.
Caura offers a smart device that tracks molecular signature and gives instant, personalised feedback to train smarter, predict exhaustion, provide optimal dietary plans and reduce the risk of injuries. Renato, Rafael, Gillian, Alistar and Jaime founded the company and joined Panacea Stars in 2017. They continue to flourish, securing £1.2M from JamJar Investments and Social Starts. Renato and Rafael were also named Forbes 30 under 30 in 2018.
Feebris uses AI for precision detection of complex respiratory conditions. Feebris’ software platform connects to existing medical sensors, and can be used intuitively by non-doctor users, outside the clinic, to detect respiratory issues early and avoid complications and hospitalisations. Founded in 2017 by Elina and Adam, they joined Panacea Stars in 2018 and subsequently, they secured £1.1M from 24 Haymarket.
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 Panacea Stars in 2016 and were the winner of our competition for that year. Since then, they have raised over £600K of funding to continue growing their company.
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
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