06.4.2020 – Bionomous has obtained a Tech Seed loan of CHF 100’000 from the Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT). The EPFL based start-up combines innovative micro-engineering design and machine learning methods to develop devices that automatically sort zebrafish eggs, which are commonly used in genetics, development and behavioural biology, and toxicology.
Nowadays, both academic and industrial research groups frequently use miniature biological organisms such as zebrafish Danio Rerio eggs for their studies. Zebrafish eggs are collected, screened, sorted and dispensed by hand by highly qualified staff in laboratories. Bionomous offers a robotic device that automates this process with zebrafish eggs or other miniature biological entities to facilitate and accelerate research. Indeed, the robot allows to improve efficiency with a fast, accurate and standardised process that frees precious human resources.
Incorporated in November 2019 by Frank Bonnet and Ana Hernando Ariza, the start-up benefits from the experience of the two co-founders in micro-engineering, robotics, molecular and cellular biology and marketing. After gaining numerous supports, among which EPFL Enable, EU Horizon 2020 and VentureKick, Bionomous is now raising a seed round to further develop and test a pre-industrialised version of its product.
“We plan on using the FIT loan to complete our pre-industrialised version, test it with early adopters and thereafter conceive a novel industrialised version integrating all improvements”, explains Frank Bonnet, CEO and co-founder of Bionomous. The start-up expects its first sales by the end of 2020 and to continuously increase them by targeting new market opportunities in 2022.
Source: FIT Press release