Desktop Genetics Winner of the 2016 Start-up Battle at Labiotech Refresh Conference

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 12:15

Berlin, Germany, 25th May 2016 / Sciad NewswireThe winner of the Start-up Battle, a pitching competition taking place at Labiotech’s conference Refresh in Berlin on 24th May 2016, was today announced as Desktop Genetics.  This special session was sponsored by High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF).

This fast-paced, interactive and lively session saw four innovative start-up companies pitch in front of a panel of experienced investors and potential partners including:

  • Frank Hensel - HTGF
  • Isabelle de Cremoux - Seventure 
  • Andreas Eckert – ELSA
  • Davidson Ateh - BioMoti

The judges and the public selected Desktop Genetics to win the coveted Start-up Battle competition.  Edward Perello, founder & CBO of Desktop Genetics presented the company in only five minutes, followed by 10 minutes of questions from the judges and audience.

Frank Hensel, Investment Manager at HTGF said, “Desktop Genetics was selected based on its innovative technology, business model and live pitch. All the judges were very impressed by the live pitch given by CBO and Founder of Desktop Genetics, Edward Perello. It was a difficult choice with the high caliber of contestants, all of them bringing passion and energy to communicating their vision for their business. Hopefully the relationships they have made during Refresh will help them to successfully advance their products and innovations.”

The 4 companies that presented their innovation included:

  • Desktop Genetics, London - UK
  • Eva Diagnostics, London - UK
  • BioNukleo, Berlin - Germany
  • VenomAb, Copenhagen - Denmark


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Sylvie Berrebi
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About Refresh

Labiotech Refresh is Europe’s most refreshing Biotech conference and was started by Over 150 of Europe’s Biotech leaders, innovators and enthusiasts came together to discuss tomorrow’s Biotech trends in a dynamic and relaxed atmosphere. The second edition of Refresh will take place in Paris on November 24th 2016.

About HGTF

High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is Germany’s most active and leading seed stage investor. It has been founded in 2005 and has €571M to invest in technology-driven companies.

About Desktop Genetics

Desktop Genetics is a bioinformatics company specialising in sgRNA design software, state-of-the-art CRISPR libraries, and orchestrating all aspects of functional genomic screens. Desktop Genetics is an Illumina-backed company working with Editas Medicine, Horizon Discovery, Transcriptic, Twist Bioscience, enEvolv and Imperial College London MRC.