Andrew Alliance Secures Series B Financing

06.08.2014 15:13

Andrew Alliance announced the closing of a series B financing round from Omega Funds, a leading global healthcare fund specializing in late stage life science investments. The Omega investment will enable Andrew Alliance to expand the reach of its well-received robots, by enabling new developments and the establishment of commercial operations in the U.S. market.

In addition to the closing of the financing round Andrew Alliance announced that the Company will be opening up a Boston office in Copley Square. “Thanks to our growth strategy of investing in education, innovation and infrastructure, Massachusetts continues to lead the world in life sciences,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “We welcome Andrew Alliance to Massachusetts and look forward to their contributions to our thriving life sciences community.”

In January 2013, Andrew Alliance introduced a novel co-worker robot, called Andrew, designed to assist scientists in a routine laboratory operation called “liquid handling”. Andrew takes over the manipulation of commercial laboratory pipettes designed for manual operations, and frees scientists from the stressful execution of painful and repetitive laboratory pipetting work. Andrew enables scientists and technicians to readily automate both new and established protocols, all the while removing health risks and errors, and delivering reproducible and traceable results.

Elected “New Product of the Year” shortly after its introduction in 2013 by the Society of Laboratory Automation and Screening and by the MIPTEC Industry leaders, the Andrew robot was rapidly adopted by many academic and pharmaceutical customers across the world who quickly understood that Andrew provided an attractive alternative to either error-prone manual pipetting, or the burdensome adaptation of their protocols to highly complex automation systems designed specifically for high capacity activities.

“We were impressed by the application breadth of the Andrew pipetting robot. It is a unique combination of very advanced software, simple and yet versatile user interface, and robotic vision capability: the robot can be deployed in research, diagnostic and clinical laboratories across the life sciences industry,” said Otello Stampacchia of Omega Funds.  “In this industry, screening and testing technologies continue to evolve, industrial and academic laboratories cannot afford any longer to rely on subjective manual operations with their lack of precision and scalability. We are truly delighted to participate in Andrew’s growth and success going forward, and to be able to contribute to shaping the next era of research by substantially improving one of the most repetitive and common tasks in life sciences laboratories worldwide”.

“The global trend of using Co-worker Robots in industrial applications has not yet reached the life science research field. However, the lack of simple-to-use but effective liquid handling solutions at the bench is a ball and chain for most researchers, wasting intellectual talents in repetitive and painful manual operations that add little value,” said Piero Zucchelli, CEO, Andrew Alliance. “The benefits to individuals are matched by benefits for the organization, since the Andrew robot can be amortized in less than a year of use. We believe Boston will be an ideal base for our US operations due to its leading academic and clinical institutions, and to the large concentration of life sciences start-ups and pharmaceutical companies.”

Dr. Vincent Ossipow, Venture Partner with Omega, will join Dr. Piero Zucchelli and Dr. Sam Eletr, co-founder of Andrew Alliance and past co-founder of Applied Biosystems, on the Board of Directors.

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