Liz Chipchase explains in the video how the Cytosponge test helped to save her life.
More than 15,000 NHS patients have already benefited from the Cytosponge test in more than 80 primary and community care sites across the UK.
The new financing includes a £3.4 million NHS Cancer Programme grant provided with the support of SBRI Healthcare.
The rest is made up of both equity and grant funding for cancer diagnostic technology, co-led by BGF and Morningside Ventures.
How does the Cytosponge work?
Cytosponge is a small coated pill on a string that contains a sponge.
It’s easy for people to swallow, and when the pill reaches the stomach, the coating dissolves and the sponge expands.
When the sponge is pulled back up, it collects some of the cells lining the oesophagus on its way.
The cells collected are sent off for analysis in the lab, where a simple antibody test called TFF3 is carried out by pathologists, which can easily spot the signs of a precancerous condition called Barrett’s oesophagus.
"Early stage cancer is a major global health issue, and we believe that our technology has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of even more patients and their families." Said Dr Marcel Gehrung.
As an early cancer diagnostics company, Cyted is a prime example of bringing ground-breaking science to industry.
The company’s innovative diagnostic platform combines a non-invasive test with data-driven biomarkers for early detection and risk stratification of cancers and inflammatory diseases.
The new funding will be used to scale up existing markets, as well as entering the US market, and continuing Cyted’s research and development programmes.
It will also support the further expansion of Cytosponge testing to NHS patients in primary and community care settings in the East of England, Lancashire and the Wessex NHS region.
Lucy Edwardes Jones from BGF said: "Cyted is one of the most innovative companies at the intersection of diagnostics and cancer. Cyted is addressing a real-world issue with a simple and scalable solution.
"Their technology is already being used across the UK health system with the potential to have a significant impact on patients around the world.”
More about oesophageal cancer
Oesophageal cancer is a global public health priority, with late diagnoses and long waiting times for endoscopies leading to poor survival rates.
Earlier diagnosis and better monitoring of Barrett’s oesophagus patients, who are at higher risk of developing oesophageal cancer, can help ensure that cancer is caught early and treated.
By identifying cancer in its earliest stages, the Cystosponge test helps to reduce the number of unnecessary endoscopies, has the potential to significantly improve patient outcomes and save lives – and is already doing so.
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