Presymptom Health is a pioneering medtech company which is developing a portfolio of diagnostic tests and decision support software to enable early diagnosis and optimal care to help save lives. Established in 2019, it was founded to exploit ground-breaking innovation to leverage the host response to detect infection and sepsis in patients up to three days before symptoms appear.
Presymptom secured initial seed funding in 2020 and 2021 to deliver its ground-breaking PRECISION and other clinical trials and to fund the development of its clinical diagnostic test portfolio.
Presymptom tests will run on the global installed based on molecular PCR genomic systems. As such, Presymptom does not need to develop its own platform and can focus instead on software and content development. In the post-COVID areas, which saw a rapid increase in the installed base, PCR systems are generally looking for “menu” (new tests) to enhance their utility. Such systems are generally “open” for 3rd party test development (as with the iPhone platform and 3rd party Apps) or can only be accessed via direct collaboration with the original platform sponsor (“closed” systems).
Presymptom is pursuing a deployment & commercialisation strategy with 2 major pillars, in order to ensure the ubiquity of its test portfolio:
Presymptom has already initiated its own development program on several open platforms, including the ThermoFisher Quantstudio 5 platform. Collectively these platforms alone are found in most clinical laboratories. Tests developed on these systems by Presymptom will be sold by global distributors. Presymptom will also drive the inclusion of its tests on leading closed systems in collaboration with market leading sponsors under a co-development & licensing model.
Dr Roman Lukaszewski, who serves at Chief Diagnostic Officer of Dstl, graduated from The University of Nottingham with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and gained a PhD in Immunology from the University of Manchester. He is now a Dstl Fellow with responsibility for the Diagnostic research programme. He has published work on the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of a number of viral and bacterial ACDP category III and IV agents as well as on the pre-symptomatic diagnosis of sepsis in patient populations. Dr Lukaszewski was the PI for the DTRA- funded project referred to in the current BAA, correlating Pre-Symptomatic Biomarkers for Sepsis” (HDTRA1-12-D-0003-0011). Dr Lukaszewski was Dstl’s Senior Scientific Advisor for the recent Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
Dr Iain Miller serves as CEO of Presymptom Health, he brings extensive medical technology commercialisation experience, and a history of entrepreneurship, including the leadership of three medtech SMEs. His career has been split between the US and the EU, with commercial strategy experience base spanning GE Healthcare, Biomerieux, Myriad Genetics, Celgene, Amgen, J&J, Sanofi, Philips, Oxford Immunotec, Abbott Diagnostics and InnovateUK, in addition to various venture-backed SMEs and investor groups. At GE, Iain served as Global Head, Precision Medicine Strategy & Partnerships and, previously, at diagnostic leader Biomerieux, led strategy and business development for the precision medicine business unit. Within the UK Department of Health, Iain has also sat on the NICE Technology Appraisal Committee and, on an ongoing basis, serve as an assessor and panellist for Innovate UK, the leading funder of health technology innovation. Iain holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and an MBA from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt Business School.
Greg Fitzgibbon serves as CTO. He has previously been a C-Suite level director in multiple biotech and diagnostics organisations developing in vitro diagnostic tests and software under ISO 13485 and IEC 62304 quality management systems, respectively. Greg has been a Clinical Director for Molecular Diagnostic Companies running COVID testing throughout the pandemic and a range of additional molecular genetic tests for laboratory clients. During his career, Greg has launched over 20 Molecular Diagnostic IVD products into markets including UK, EU, US, Canada, APAC, Brazil, Australia, and developed software as a medical device for data interpretation. Greg has previously worked for the NHS as a Clinical Director, and for Yourgene Health as Director of Clinical Affairs and for Elucigene Diagnostics as COO.
Mervyn Singer is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London. His primary research interests are sepsis and multi-organ failure, infection, shock and haemodynamic monitoring. Funding for these activities primarily comes from the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research. He developed an oesophageal Doppler haemodynamic monitor that is now in widespread use worldwide, the use of which has been shown in multiple studies to improve outcomes after major surgery and reduce length of stay. He has led on a number of important multi-centre trials in critical care. He has authored various papers and textbooks including the Oxford Handbook of Critical Care, now in its 3rd edition, and is a Council member of the International Sepsis Forum. He was the first UK intensivist to be awarded Senior Investigator status by the National Institute for Health Research, and to be invited to give plenary lectures at the European and US Intensive Care Congresses.
Simon is the Head of the Chemical, Biological and Radiological Sciences Division and a member of the Executive Team in the Defence Science and Technology laboratory (Dstl); an Executive Agency within the Ministry of Defence.
Simon graduated in 1992 with a BSc in Chemistry and Management Science. He joined the UK Civil Service in 1992 as a Scientific Officer and has had a diverse career spanning science, project and programme management and Head office roles, mainly in the area of CBRN Defence S&T.
In his current role, Simon is responsible for the leadership of approximately 620 scientists spanning all elements of CBR research and advice. Simon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and holds Chartered Manager status with the Chartered Management Institute.
Tito has served in the field of in-vitro diagnostics for over 35 years and has a proven track record of repeatedly and successfully turning innovative technology into revenue-generating platforms. He sits on boards of various diagnostic companies in UK, Europe, US and AsiaPac either as a Non-Executive Director or as a Scientific Board member.
He has held senior executive positions at EKF (2014-2016), J&J (2005-2013) and Ares-Serono (1998 – 2008) and has co-founded several start-ups in the diagnostic arena. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Biochemistry and has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics related to pathology, oncology and laboratory medicine.
He graduated from King’s College, London and earned his PhD at the Royal Postgraduate Medical Centre in London.
Oliver invests from UKI2S, an early-stage seed/series A fund that backs companies developing complex science and engineering-led solutions to global challenges. Specialising in life science investments Oliver joined UKI2S in 2014. He has therapeutic, med tech, agritech and industrial biotech companies in the portfolio and sits on the board of Ikarovec, a gene therapy company and Gyreox, a macrocycle company as well as observer positions at the cell therapy company Cytox.
Prior to joining UKI2S Oliver managed commercialisation of bioengineering and medical technologies at Imperial Innovations and worked at Ark Therapeutics as well as managing a team of biotech buy-side analysts.
Nadia is an accomplished senior executive in the Life Sciences sector with experience across several therapeutic and diagnostic areas and spanning EMEA, Asia Pacific and North America. She has held senior positions in many large Corporations including Allergan, Boston Scientific and Medtronic in addition of having accrued experience in SMEs and management consulting companies; Nadia is currently CEO of Arquer Diagnostics as is serving on several Boards as both NED and Chair.
Experienced in new product development and commercialisation, Nadia has managed robust product portfolio, led end-to-end R&D innovation and business development initiatives that strengthened organic and inorganic companies growth.