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Lunaphore raises CHF 40M to transform spatial biology


Lunaphore founders, Déborah Heintze, Ata Tuna Ciftlik, and Diego Gabriel Dupouy


Swiss life sciences company Lunaphore (RAC II) has closed a CHF 40M Series D1 funding round to accelerate its growth and market expansion. The round was led by Ernst-Göhner Stiftung Beteiligungen, with existing investors PHC Holdings Corporation, Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund, and OCCIDENT contributing. In addition to equity funding, Norgine Ventures provided a EUR 10M venture debt facility.


Lunaphore’s vision is to enable spatial biology in every laboratory. Their intuitive chip technology can extract spatial proteomic and transcriptomic data from tumors and other tissues, transforming any assay into multiplex spatial biology. Lunaphore’s technology helps identify biomarker “signatures” with clinical relevance, supporting the development of diagnostic tools and streamlining clinical trials to ultimately improve patient outcomes.


Lunaphore will use the latest funding to strengthen its growing portfolio offering and support increasing demand from customers. To name one example, Lunaphore’s COMET™ product line, a full-stack tissue analyzing platform capable of visualizing up to 40 markers in a sample within a day, has seen sales grow more than 350% over 2022. Today, some of the world’s best institutions and blue-chip pharma companies are Lunaphore customers. 


“The spatial biology field is at an inflection point, and Lunaphore is at the forefront of this movement with its radically differentiated technological approach. Since the release of the first COMET™ platform a year ago, we so far observed high customer satisfaction and unmatched traction,” said Ata Tuna Ciftlik, CEO at Lunaphore. “We are really excited to launch our comprehensive future-ready solutions. This new COMET™ product suite embeds more than ten years of cutting-edge innovation into powerful tools that accompany our customers, from instant assay creation to streamlined research and analytics. We believe that the COMET ™ product suite is a cornerstone solution that will make spatial biology an everyday tool in laboratories around the globe.”


For more information, please visit Lunaphore's website.

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