Grenoble, France, November 21, 2011 – CYTOO SA, a company that specializes in cell-based assays,
announced today the closing of a series C funding round of USD 10M (EUR 7M). New investors, Sham
and Entrepreneurs Fund (EF), led the round. Existing investors AURIGA Partners and Jacques Lewiner,
co-founder and president of the supervisory board at CYTOO, also participated.
CYTOO will use the financing to fully exploit its fast growing business within the global market of cell-
based assays and screening, and bring the company up to profitability. Having the potential to lead
the next innovation wave in cell-based drug discovery and in vitro toxicology, CYTOO is already on
the radar screen of several key industrial actors.
“We are very excited about joining CYTOO as it enters a new phase in its development,” says Olivier
Szymkowiak, Chief Investment Officer at Sham. “There is an exceptional opportunity for CYTOO to
revolutionize the cell culture for low and high throughput applications,” added Maciek Drozdz,
Investment Manager at EF and future Supervisory Board member.
Leveraging its exclusive technology of adhesive micropatterning, CYTOO’s products and services bring
robustness, sensitivity and powerful quantification to cell-based assays, high content analysis and cell
screening for the life science research market.
CYTOO holds an exclusive worldwide license from the Institut Curie and the CNRS (The French
national scientific research center) for the adhesive micropattern patent portfolio, as well as license
agreements with Harvard University (USA) and CEA, the largest government-funded technological
research organization in France.
“This funding represents a strong achievement in the young history of CYTOO: the company has now
the financial means for turning its technological advantage into a commercial success. A shift that the
company has already initiated with the commitment of existing investors and our support through
the expertise of Jacques Mallet, partner at Auriga Partners” added Franck Lescure, partner at Auriga
Partners and member of the supervisory board at CYTOO.
François Chatelain, CEO of CYTOO, commented: “I am excited to lead the company and thrilled to
close our series C financing round with a renowned international venture capital investors syndicate.
We are welcoming Entrepreneurs Fund and Sham who bring their high level experience in building up
successful biotech and medtech companies, we are also pleased with the continued commitment of
our historical investors. Together we are looking to move our business and technology onto the next
level of growth.”
CYTOO was advised for its capital raising by Silver Ocean Ventures' Managing Partner Dr John
Founded in 1927 by Hospital Directors, Sham is a Mutual Insurance Company specializing in risk
management of professionals in the health, social and socio-medical sectors. Sham is the French
leader in medical malpractice liability insurance. Sham has assets worth 1.4 billion Euros. Although its
investment portfolio mainly consists of traditional investments vehicles (bonds, shares, real estate,
mutual funds, etc.), Sham also invests a significant portion of its assets in innovative healthcare
About Entrepreneurs Fund
The Entrepreneurs Fund is the venture capital member of COFRA, a global, family-controlled group of
businesses. The Entrepreneurs Fund has €100 million under management, which it invests in early
stage and growth companies owning strong technology/IP, with a focus on Europe. Sectors of
interest include life sciences and clean technology. The Entrepreneurs Fund is an active investor
working closely with outstanding management teams in developing their businesses.
Auriga Partners is an independent venture capital firm based in Paris, France. It invests in innovative,
high potential ventures in information & communication technology and life science at the seed or
early development stage in Europe, North America and Israel. Auriga Partners manages three funds
totaling over €330 million. As well as investing the necessary capital, Auriga Partners also provides its
portfolio companies with its know-how in developing and solidifying executive teams, structuring
companies, broadening their networks and forming strategic & corporate alliances.
CYTOO is a distinctive Life Sciences Systems/ Tools enabling company that currently offers a
disruptive solution that brings robustness, sensitivity and powerful quantification to cell-based assays
and High Content Screening (HCS). The technology offers exquisite control over the cells’
microenvironment, leading to normalized cell morphology and behavior. CYTOO is engaged in
developing, manufacturing and commercializing innovative products to the Life Sciences research
community (industry and academia). The company has tailored a portfolio of innovative products
using its proprietary cell adhesive micropattern technologies to target first its fast growing High
Content Screening and Analysis segment within the large cell biology market.
François Chatelain, CEO, CYTOO SA
Tel: +33 (0)4 38 88 47 05; Web: www.cytoo.com