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Arix Bioscience PLC: Depixus raises EUR30.6M (GBP26.1 million) in Series A Financing

15/12/2021 8:14am

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Arix Bioscience PLC (ARIX) Arix Bioscience PLC: Depixus raises EUR30.6M (GBP26.1 million) in Series A Financing 15-Dec-2021 / 08:14 GMT/BST Dissemination of a Regulatory Announcement, transmitted by EQS Group. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

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Arix Bioscience plc

Depixus raises EUR30.6M (GBP26.1 million) in Series A Financing

LONDON, UK, 15th December 2021: Arix Bioscience plc ("Arix", LSE: ARIX), a global venture capital company focused on investing in and building breakthrough biotech companies, today notes that its portfolio company Depixus has successfully completed its oversubscribed Series A financing which raised EUR30.6 million (GBP26.1 million[1]).

Depixus is a biotechnology company developing a unique technology for the fast, accurate, and straightforward extraction of multiomic information from DNA, RNA, and proteins. Funds from the financing will enable Depixus to further develop its proprietary MAGNA(TM) instrument system, workflows, and reagents towards commercial launch.

Having participated in the first tranche of the Series A financing in February 2021, investing EUR2.7 million (GBP2.4 million[2]), Arix now has a 14.2% fully diluted ownership stake in Depixus.

Mark Chin, Managing Director at Arix and Depixus Board Director, commented: "This is an exciting time for Depixus as it moves forward with its goal to commercialise a highly innovative technology platform for the fast, accurate, and inexpensive extraction of genetic and epigenetic information from single molecules of DNA and RNA. Arix is committed to building breakthrough biotech companies, and it is a privilege to work alongside such a distinguished team of entrepreneurs and co-investors."

The announcement can be accessed on Depixus' website at: www.depixus.com and full text of announcement from Depixus is contained below.

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About Arix Bioscience plc

Arix Bioscience plc is a global venture capital company focused on investing in and building breakthrough biotech companies around cutting-edge advances in life sciences.

We collaborate with exceptional entrepreneurs and provide the capital, expertise, and global networks to help accelerate their ideas into important new treatments for patients. As a listed company, we are able to bring this exciting growth phase of our industry to a broader range of investors. www.arixbioscience.com

About Depixus(R) and MAGNA(TM)

Depixus(R) is a fast-growing innovative biotechnology company based in Paris, France, and Cambridge, UK, developing its cutting-edge MAGNA(TM) technology to reveal the secrets of the dynamic genome. The technology is set to transform our understanding of how genetics is regulated and provide powerful new insights into the mechanisms of disease.

Depixus(R) is a spin-out from Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), one of the most prestigious 'grandes écoles' in France. The company has been financed not only through equity investment but also via numerous grants, including from the EU's Horizon 2020 SME Instrument and Innovate UK programmes.

The MAGNA(TM) technology is based on an instrument system called a 'magnetic trap'. Samples of nucleic acid are captured within a flow cell and then can be analysed at multiple levels of resolution. To learn more about the way the MAGNA(TM) technology works and some of the many different assays that can be performed with the platform, please visit www.depixus.com.

Depixus Raises EUR 30.6M (USD 35.4M) in Series A Financing

-- The financing will support development of a commercial instrument system based on the company'sproprietary and disruptive MAGNA(TM) technology.

-- MAGNA(TM) is set to unlock the field of dynamic genomics.

-- Funds raised from a global investor syndicate led by Lansdowne Partners and Bpifrance and supported byfunds bringing additional experience in the life science sector.

Paris, France and Cambridge, UK, 15 December 2021: Depixus(R), a biotechnology company developing a unique technology for the fast, accurate, and straightforward extraction of multiomic information from DNA, RNA, and proteins, today announces it has raised EUR 30.6 million in an oversubscribed Series A financing. The funds will be used to further develop its proprietary MAGNA(TM) instrument system, workflows, and reagents towards commercial launch. The round was co-led by Lansdowne Partners and the PSIM Fund operated by Bpifrance on behalf of the French State, with participation by Casdin Capital, and existing investors, including Arix Bioscience. This financing brings the company's total equity and grant funding to-date to over EUR 41 million (USD 47 million).

With MAGNA(TM), large numbers of individual molecules of DNA and RNA are captured in their native form, immobilised within a flow cell, and are then available for repeated interrogations that can reveal a broad range of features including base modifications, molecular structure, and interactions with other nucleic acids, proteins, or drugs. These capabilities unlock previously unattainable insights into the "dynamic genome" - the layers of information beyond the four-base coding sequences of DNA and RNA, that are key to gene expression, regulation, and control.

Detection of abnormal changes in base modification patterning have been shown to underpin many disease processes. The MAGNA(TM) technology will greatly accelerate access to this complex layer of the dynamic genome, opening up significant opportunities in the earlier detection and improved management of major diseases such as cancer. Moreover, the way in which nucleic acids, especially RNA, are folded and structured is also critical to biological regulation. With MAGNA(TM) these structures can often be revealed and analysed in detail. MAGNA(TM) therefore has strong potential as an aid in the discovery of drugs that either disrupt or stabilise RNA structures - affording opportunities to modulate hitherto 'undruggable' pathological cellular processes.

Gordon Hamilton, CEO and Co-founder of Depixus, commented: "We are extremely excited by the power of our MAGNA technology to overcome the current challenges of base modification sequencing and RNA structural analysis. Our technology looks set to open new horizons in applications such as biomarker discovery for liquid biopsy cancer detection, virology, and the development of drugs targeting RNA.

We are very pleased to attract such a strong group of investors, which further validates the potential of the MAGNA platform to transform our understanding of cellular processes. Thanks to the support from our new and existing investors, we will continue to recruit additional top talent in France and the UK to further develop the platform through to commercial launch and beyond."

John Berriman, Chairman of Depixus, said: "Depixus has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception. We are now confident that MAGNA instruments will provide unique and economical insights into the development and treatment of disease.

This is a very exciting time for the Company as it progresses from pre-commercial research towards the launch of products."

Lachlan MacKinnon, Board member and representative of Lansdowne commented: "I am truly excited to join the Board of Depixus at this critical moment in the company's history.

The Depixus technology will enable scientists and biotechnology companies to move from a world of measuring DNA and RNA as linear, one-dimensional sequences, to one of dynamic, three-dimensional objects with many base modifications, at scale.

Having seen the impact of methylation detection on liquid biopsy, I look forward to the company making sizeable contributions across the wider dynamic genomics landscape".

Thibaut Roulon, Senior Investment Director at Bpifrance said: "We are delighted to partner with Lansdowne to support Depixus in the development of its MAGNA instrumentation system. The company is a laureate of the final phase of France's Worldwide Innovation Challenge. Depixus has proven the excellence of its breakthrough technology for the fast, accurate and straightforward extraction of information from DNA and RNA molecules beyond their simple sequence. This opens the door for many applications such as earlier and more accurate cancer diagnosis."

Following this capital raise, Lachlan MacKinnon and Thibaut Roulon, will join Mark Chin of Arix Bioscience, Ronald Lindsay, Steve Allen, Gordon Hamilton, and John Berriman, on the Board of Directors.

The company is based in Paris, France and Cambridge, UK, and is actively recruiting top talent to join its team.

Depixus(R) recently announced the publication of a scientific paper showcasing the MAGNATM capabilities in the peer-reviewed journal Communications Biology, part of Nature Research journals. The paper, entitled 'Detection of genetic variation and base modi?cations at base-pair resolution on both DNA and RNA', can be freely downloaded here.

For further information, please contact:

Depixus(R)

Gordon Hamilton, CEO

gordon.hamilton@depixus.com

Optimum Strategic Communications

Hollie Vile, Stella Lempidaki, Zoe Bolt

depixus@optimumcomms.com

+44 (0) 20 388 296 21

About Depixus(R) and MAGNA(TM)

Depixus(R) is a fast-growing innovative biotechnology company based in Paris, France, and Cambridge, UK, developing its cutting-edge MAGNA(TM) technology to reveal the secrets of the dynamic genome. The technology is set to transform our understanding of how genetics is regulated and provide powerful new insights into the mechanisms of disease.

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