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Lophius Biosciences closes additional financing round with current investors totaling 1.4 million EUR

Lophius Biosciences, a leading developer of novel, innovative T-cell-based diagnostic test systems, announced today closing  of an additional financing round totaling 1.4 million EUR. All current financial investors, such as S-Refit, High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) as well as Bayernkapital participated in this financing round. The funds will be used for the market introduction of the T-Track© CMV/EBV tests in the field of transplantation, for further development of a diagnostic test for the differential diagnosis of tuberculosis, as well as for the new development of a novel, blood-based multiple sclerosis test.

“We are very pleased to have been able to conclude this financing round with our existing investors in such a short time. Subsequent to the successful establishment of the company over the past year and the imminent conclusion of the test developments for our patented T-Track© CMV/EBV Tests, these new financial resources allow us to prepare for market entry of these tests from the beginning of 2012 with an effective team. Beyond this, we will now intensify the development of additional innovative diagnostic tests based on our patented technology platforms,” said Dr. Michael Lutz, CEO of Lophius Biosciences.

“With the aid of the financing round in the precious year Lophius Biosciences has been able to develop from an essentially academic research company into a small, highly innovative and fully integrated diagnostic company within a very short timeframe. We are absolutely convinced that the Lophius’ technologies and the products have a great potential to provide patients with large diagnostic benefits in our disease areas,” amended Bertram Gilka-Bötzow of S-Refit, Lophius Biosciences’ lead investor.

About Lophius Biosciences
Lophius Biosciences GmbH develops and markets innovative T-cell-based test systems for diagnostics and possible therapy control in the fields of transplantation, infection, and autoimmune diseases.

Contact:
Kerstin Maier
Phone: +49 941 6309 1972
kerstin.maier@lophius.de
www.lophius.de

About High-Tech Gründerfonds
High-Tech Gründerfonds invests venture capital in promising technology companies that turn innovative concepts into viable businesses. Seed financing aims to help start-ups guide their innovation to the prototype or proof-of-concept stage or to market launch. High-Tech Gründerfonds provides seed financing of approximately €500,000. It supports high-tech companies by way of its investment managers and its highly-qualified network of coaches, investors and specialists. In individual cases it can invest up to a total of €2 m per company. The investors in this public private partnership are the German Federal Ministry for Business and Technology, the KfW Banking Group as well as the six industrial groups of BASF, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, Robert Bosch, Daimler and Carl Zeiss. High-Tech Gründerfonds has an investment volume totalling approx. €272 m.

Contact:
High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
Dr. Caroline Fichtner
Senior Investment Manager
Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2
53175 Bonn
Tel.:  +49 228 82300-100
Fax:  +49 228 82300-050
c.fichtner@high-tech-gruenderfonds.de
www.high-tech-gruenderfonds.de

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