LUNAC Therapeutics wins 'Start Up of the Year' at Medilink Healthcare Business Awards
Leeds, UK, 25 June 2021: LUNAC Therapeutics (LUNAC), a UK based drug discovery company focused on the development of advanced life-saving anticoagulants has been announced as the Start Up of the Year award winner at the 2021 Medilink North of England Healthcare Business Awards.
The Medilink Healthcare Business Awards showcase the best in the Life Sciences sector in this region. Shortlisted organisations represent industry, academia and the NHS from across the North West, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber. The Start Up of the Year award recognises newly established companies that show a promising future. The winners were unveiled in a virtual event that took place on 29 June.
About LUNAC Therapeutics
LUNAC Therapeutics is a spin out from the University of Leeds pursuing the discovery of next generation oral anticoagulant therapies with a reduced risk of causing bleeding compared to current treatments. LUNAC’s primary focus is on the inhibition of activated Factor XII (FXIIa), a clotting factor enzyme which plays a role in pathological clot formation (thrombosis), but not in the stemming of bleeding (haemostasis).
The business is founded on IP generated by Professor Helen Philippou (Professor of Translational Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds) and Dr Richard Foster (Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Leeds), built on a decade of academic research into FXIIa in association with some of the world’s leading supporters of scientific and medical research, including the Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation and the UK’s Medical Research Council. Investors include Epidarex Capital and Mercia Asset Management PLC. LUNAC was the 2020 Start Up of the Year winner at the BioNow awards and 2021 Start Up of the Year award winner at the 2021 MediLink North of England Healthcare awards.