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Publicerat: 2023-11-22 09:11:18

Katalysen Ventures AB: Venture Targeter joins leading European venture investors in inaugural special situation investment

Venture Targeter AB ("Venture Targeter"), a strategic investment company founded by Katalysen Ventures AB (publ) ("Katalysen Ventures"), has successfully completed its inaugural special situation investment alongside prominent European venture investors. In collaboration with business angels and entrepreneurs, Venture Targeter is pleased to announce its participation in the acquisition of QuTEM (formerly Vironova BioAnalytics) (the "Company"), positioning itself as the second-largest shareholder in the company. Katalysen Ventures, holding a 33% stake in Venture Targeter, further strengthens its commitment to supporting early-stage innovation with the inclusion of Venture Targeter in its portfolio following this milestone transaction.

Venture Targeter is pleased to announce its participation in the acquisition of QuTEM (formerly Vironova BioAnalytics), a leading provider of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) services, alongside QuatreLab (a quality control company created by Columbus Venture Partners) and Accord Investment Partners. This will enable QuTEM to enhance its capabilities and continue to deliver TEM analyses according to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for the pharmaceutical industry. QuTEM has established a strong reputation as a trusted partner for pharmaceutical companies globally, known for its commitment to high-quality standards. 

The partnership with Columbus Venture Partners through Quatre Lab, Accord Investment Partners and Venture Targeter brings together valuable experience and new resources for QuTEM. This collaboration will empower QuTEM to expand its services, invest in advanced technologies, and accelerate development efforts. The company will maintain its focus on providing GMP-compliant TEM analyses crucial for pharmaceutical research, development, and quality control.

Josefina Nilsson, CEO of QuTEM (formerly Vironova BioAnalytics), expressed enthusiasm for the acquisition, saying, "We are excited to join forces with these new partners to allow us to provide the pharmaceutical industry with top-quality TEM services, and to expand our capabilities, drive innovation and better serve our clients."

Javier García, co-founder and general partner of Columbus Venture Partners, also expressed his excitement about this acquisition. "Vironova BioAnalytics has a strong track record of delivering precise and reliable TEM analyses. We see potential in this collaboration and are committed to supporting the company's growth and mission in the pharmaceutical sector."

For more information on Katalysen Ventures, please contact:
CEO Peter Almberg
Phone: +46 76 860 37 00

About Venture Targeter AB: Venture Targeter AB is a Swedish investment company with a strategic focus on special situation investments. It is owned and operated by business angels, entrepreneurs and Katalysen Ventures AB, a notable player in the investment space.

About QuTEMQuTEM offers market leading and unique analysis to researchers, developers, and manufacturers of advanced therapeutics. QuTEM is starting with an impressive range of clients across academia, SME biopharma companies, big pharma, CDMOs and QA specialists. With a commitment to quality and precision, the company supports pharmaceutical companies in their research, development, and quality control efforts.

QuTEM's unique capabilities include:

- Highly accurate determination of capsid size distribution, going far beyond full/empty analysis and providing highly accurate measurements of capsid content down to numbers of kilobase pairs.

- Offer an extensive service portfolio including a wide range of analyses e.g., AAVs, adenoviral vectors, lentivirus, VLPs, LNPs, liposomes., etc. to support biopharma needs.

- GMP compliance; QuTEM's predecessor company was the only globally GMP certified provider of these services and all workflows, software and data handling is performed in with full GMP compliance.

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About Quatre Lab: Quatre Lab is a Contract Research Organization (CRO) based in San Sebastian (Spain) engaged, among others, on the practice of quality control tests analysis for Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs) and related services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other companies involved in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medicinal product research, development, manufacturing and/or commercialization.

About Columbus Venture Partners: Columbus Venture Partners is a Spanish venture capital management company thatbrings a unique approach to investing in outstanding opportunities across all stages of (bio) pharmaceutical drug development and advanced biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies. The company manages over $250 million across its three funds and has built an impressive track record of performance with recently successful exits in Viralgen, Askbio, PTS, Sanifit, or Recovid, among others. The Columbus professional team combines solid scientific, medical, and business knowledge with extensive experience in the field of biotechnology entrepreneurship. For more information, please visit

About Accord Investment Partners: Accord Partners is a UK based investment firm, founded in 2020 by Sam Breuning. Accord focuses on backing ambitious management teams, with capital and support to enable them to take their businesses to the next level. Accord's other investment in the pharmaceutical sector is the Contained Air Solutions, which it is growing organically and through acquisitions into a globally focused business across containment, automation, and advanced therapeutics.

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