Swift Biosciences Launches Next Phase of Company Growth and Expansion
News Jul 04, 2017
Swift Biosciences recently announced the completion of a Series D funding raise of $12.2 million. The company also announced the addition of two new directors to its board, positioning the company for accelerated growth.
Funding for Growth
The Series D round was led by Arboretum Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with follow-on investment from existing Swift investors. The funding will help fuel growth by expanding the company’s global commercial channels and enhancing its manufacturing and operational capabilities.
Aimed at revolutionizing basic and clinical research, Swift’s novel Accel-NGS™ technologies accelerate the discovery, identification and characterization of genes and the underlying genetic variation in diseases of the genome. Swift’s unique approaches enhance existing next-generation sequencing (NGS) platforms by providing the ability to sequence challenging and low-input biological samples, including DNA derived from archived tumors and liquid biopsies.
“This is an exciting time for Swift as we expand our commercial and manufacturing teams to meet the growing demand for our products,” said Timothy Harkins, president and CEO of Swift Biosciences. “Swift’s products have been one step ahead of the market, positioned to enable the new applications coming from low-input samples, like detecting tumor variants in liquid biopsies.”
Expanding the Board of Directors
Swift also announced the appointment of Dan Kidle and Mark Lewis to the company’s board of directors. These two appointments expand the board to seven members. Kidle has been elected as chairman of the board.
Kidle, a principal at Arboretum Ventures, joined the board concurrent with Arboretum’s Series D investment in Swift.
“I’m excited by the use of genomic sequencing data to fuel the discovery of disease biomarkers,” said Kidle. “Few companies are challenging the status quo to make next-generation sequencing more accessible to the basic and clinical research community in the same innovative way as Swift.”
Lewis brings over 40 years of global experience in the life sciences industry. He has held research and development, commercial and general management roles at leading organizations including BD Biosciences, Molecular Dynamics, Nycomed-Amersham and Beckman Instruments. Most recently, Lewis held senior vice president roles at Illumina in customer support, general management and product development, where he led the development of the HiSeqTM and MiSeqTM sequencing platforms.
“With this latest round of funding, an experienced management team, high quality manufacturing, unique technologies, intellectual property and products, Swift has everything in place to transform the way scientists are approaching NGS-based studies,” said Lewis.
CRISPR Reveals New Targets for Promising Cancer DrugsNews
Novel screening method identifies new drug targets that could potentially enhance the effectiveness of PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors, a promising new class of cancer immunotherapy.READ MORE
Study Indicates 75% of Human Genome is Non-functionalNews
An evolutionary biologist at the University of Houston has published new calculations that indicate no more than 25 percent of the human genome is functional.READ MORE
Edith Heard Unanimously Selected as Next Director General of EMBLNews
At its 53rd meeting yesterday, EMBL Council selected Edith Heard as the organization’s fifth Director General. Heard’s mandate is scheduled to begin 1 January 2019.READ MORE
Comments | 0 ADD COMMENT
EMBL Course: Next Generation Sequencing: RNA Sequencing Library Preparation
Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018
EMBO Practical Course: Microbial Metagenomics: A 360º Approach
Apr 23 - Apr 30, 2018
EMBL Course: Next Generation Sequencing: Whole Genome Sequencing Library Preparation
Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018
EMBL Course: Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing
Apr 09 - Apr 12, 2018