Cyted acquires Pathognomics Ltd

Acquisition supports expansion and scaling of digital pathology and diagnostic reporting services

19 October 2020

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CAMBRIDGE, UK, 19 October 2020: Cyted Ltd (“Cyted” or “the Company”), a developer and provider of artificial intelligence technology and digital diagnostic infrastructure to enable earlier detection of disease, today announced it has acquired Pathognomics Limited, a provider of digital pathology and clinical diagnostic laboratory services, based in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The acquisition of Pathognomics will provide Cyted an accredited laboratory environment and digital pathology technology, enabling the rapid uptake and expansion of the pipeline of novel biomarkers and artificial intelligence (AI) technology at Cyted. Cyted and Pathognomics have already worked together to successfully set up and launch diagnostic services for the earlier detection of oesophageal cancer. Cyted and Pathognomics will now look to scale their combined diagnostic reporting services and infrastructure to further support both existing and future healthcare partners.

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All Pathognomics employees will now join the Cyted group, taking the Company’s total headcount from 15 to 23. Pathognomics’ Co-Founder and Laboratory Director Christopher Evagora will become Cyted’s Senior Director of Laboratory Operations, and Alec Hirst, Co-Founder and Project Director will become Cyted’s Senior Director of Business Technology. Cyted will remain headquartered in Cambridge whilst laboratory operations will continue in Huntingdon. To accommodate the expanding teams, the Company is increasing its laboratory and office space.

Marcel Gehrung, CEO, Cyted, said:

We are delighted to expand our team with the acquisition of Pathognomics. We have seen great synergy in our work and values through our partnership to launch and deliver our integrated diagnostic service. Merging the two companies is the next step in fulfilling our vision at Cyted, to change lives by enabling earlier disease detection and diagnosis.

Christopher Evagora, Senior Director of Laboratory Operations, Cyted, commented:

“From our first conversations with Cyted, it was clear that the diagnostic technology and infrastructure being developed by the team will bring significant benefit to patient care. Over the past four years, we have established and optimised our workflow here at Pathognomics. I look forward to expanding the scope of our services to the next level with the formal merging of the two companies.”

Alec Hirst, Senior Director of Business Technology, Cyted, added:

“Since establishing Pathognomics in 2016 we have successfully brought digital tools to the pathology sector. We have developed, adapted, and expanded the technology that underpins our services to deliver their full potential. The ethos behind Cyted and the team’s proven track record resonated with us from day one. This opportunity will bring to the frontline the next generation of digital pathology through the implementation of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms in a fully digital laboratory.”

About Cyted

Cyted is enabling the earlier detection of disease, providing products and services that combine proprietary artificial intelligence technology and digital diagnostic infrastructure with next generation biomarkers.

With significant expertise in pathology, the Company is developing a pipeline of digital and molecular tests for disease detection and risk stratification to streamline diagnostic and clinical workflows. Cyted has the capacity to rapidly implement its sample processing and analysis workflow at scale via Dialogical®, its proprietary pathology reporting platform based on machine learning algorithms.

The Company’s services and products are initially focused on oesophageal cancer, where the combination of an identifiable at-risk population coupled with excellent therapy options offers a unique opportunity to improve patient outcomes through early detection.

About Pathognomics

Pathognomics was founded in 2016 and has rapidly become a provider of integrated state of the art Laboratory Services.

Pathognomics provides a complete histopathology and clinical diagnostics service for the dissection, processing and reporting of pre-prepared slides, blocks, and wet surgical specimens through our ISO15189:2012 accredited medical laboratories. Pathognomics also offers a fully managed service for tissue retention in regards to Coroners’ work.

Pathognomics is based in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK.