After completing a PhD at Oxford, chief executive Ryan Cawood, 36, set up Oxford Genetics with Leonard Seymour, 62, in 2011. Now named Oxgene, its technology platforms are used to accelerate the discovery, development and manufacture of cell and gene therapies. It has redeployed some of its technologies to develop a potential Covid-19 vaccine, and to discover antibodies that could help neutralise the virus. Its scientists are collaborating with Oxford-based The Native Antigen Company to scale up the manufacture of Covid-19 antigens — molecules that stimulate the development of antibodies. Sales reached £6m this year, with existing investors Mercia Asset Management participating in a further £3m investment round in May.
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