Awarded for cancer detection method

​Elypta, a spin-off company from Chalmers, is awarded the Nordic Life Science Award 2019.

​Elypta develops methods for early diagnosis of cancer. The company has received two prestigious awards at the Nordic Life Science Days in Malmö: The Business Class Award and the Delegates’ Choice Award, the latter being selected by popular vote at the conference.

Early detection of cancer

Elypta was founded by a PhD student (2012−2015) Francesco Gatto, and Professor Jens Nielsen, both working at the Division of Systems Biology, Department of Biology and Biotechnology at Chalmers. The company got the award for their outstanding achievement in combining cutting edge research and technology to create a disruptive platform for early detection of cancer.

The technique for diagnosis of cancer is based on the discovery of 19 metabolite biomarkers. These biomarkers were identified by Francesco Gatto, who is now Chief Scientific Officer at Elypta, during his time as a PhD student at Chalmers. The markers reflect a fundamental process of growth in tumor cells and can be detected and measured by direct analysis of blood or urine samples. The analysis can also be used to follow patient response to treatments.

Collaboration with Chalmers important

Karl Bergman, CEO at Elypta” We are very proud of this acknowledgement. Our goals to enable early detection of cancer is clearly something many people can see the value of - and may have a personal connection to. We have a total of seven people in the company who have studied or done research at Chalmers and we would never have ended up where we are today without the collaboration, still ongoing, with the division of Systems Biology,” says Karl Bergman, CEO at Elypta, and former student of biotechnology and entrepreneurship at Chalmers.

Best examples of Nordic Life Science

The Nordic Life Science Days are arranged by Swedenbio, a national non-profit association for the life science industry in Sweden. Jonas Ekstrand, Chairman of the Jury and Nordic Life Science Days Program Director, is thrilled by the caliber of this year’s nominations.

“The aim of NLSDays is to increase both investments in and collaborations with Nordic companies, and the NLS Awards helps to spotlight some of the best examples of what Nordic life science has to offer,” he says.

More about the Nordic Life Science Awards

The Nordic Life Science Awards is divided into three classes:
  • Academic Class Award:  Is given to one academic research group project with a break-through potential. 
  • Business Class Award: Is given to one life science-company products or projects that can contribute to great patient benefit.
  • Delegates Choice Award: The audience at the Nordic Life Science Days is asked vote for the company they are most likely to invest in should they be given the opportunity.

Text: Susanne Nilsson Lindh
Photo: Camille Sonally

Published: Thu 12 Sep 2019.