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We invest in, venture-build and drive the success of truly disruptive life science and healthcare startups

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Start Codon is revolutionising the way life science and healthcare innovation is spun-out, developed and commercialised. We are based in Cambridge, England, but invest in and venture build companies nationally that are developing ground-breaking technologies and solutions. In doing so, we reduce investment risk, create opportunities and shape companies that are designed to succeed globally.

We identify and select exceptional entrepreneurs to join us and invite them to be part of our innovative 'START' programme. Through that, we leverage our deep local, national and international resources to help those entrepreneurs to establish their companies and provide them with investment, business support services, mentoring, facilities, help and guidance from our dedicated team. In addition, we also provide access to a wide network of industry leading pharma, biotech and investor contacts. In dong so, we fast-track the translation of innovative science into successful commercial companies.

If you have a disruptive technology, with a focus on therapeutics, diagnostics, med-tech and/or digital health applications, we would like to hear from you.

Why be great, when you can be epic?

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  • Pound Minimum £250K seed investment
  • Group Unique access to national and international industry leading contacts
  • Hand Hands-on support from a dedicated, experienced team across financing, fundraising, human resources, marketing, business development, IP, commercialisation, banking, insurance and much more
  • Globe Access to global partner organisations that are leaders in their field, on preferential terms
  • Innovation Ongoing mentoring from leaders and rising stars in the life sciences and healthcare sectors
"The team at Start Codon are incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and well-networked. Start Codon have benefitted our company in countless ways, offering key guidance from IP and route-to-market strategy, to hiring and business development. Their team is hardworking and committed to the success of their companies. We are in a much stronger position due to our completion of Start Codon's innovative venture building programme. I can't recommend them enough."
Jack Kennefick, CEO and Founder, Tagomics Limited
"Start Codon’s funding and unique programme was a great opportunity for Spirea to accelerate its growth and development. As an early-stage company, Spirea wanted support to build an investor-ready technical and commercial plan, and to connect with life science investors and advisors. Start Codon delivered on this, and their team helped to optimise Spirea’s messaging and prepared us for the next stage in our journey."
Myriam Ouberai, Spirea Limited
"The experience the Start Codon team brings in terms of the commercialisation of life sciences technology is phenomenal. It is run by people who have scaled life sciences companies and understand the unique challenges in this space – an absolute necessity for us at this early stage. They really helped build the foundations of the company with a vision to scale. Their network is vast too, whether around end-users, partners, customers, or investors. Beyond that, they are all just great people to work with."
Tarun Vemulkar and Jereon Verheyen, Founders, Semarion Limited
"Aside from the funding provided, the resources, expertise of Start Codon’s team and their network are by far the most incredible advantage of their program. If you wish to take your ideas to the next level join Start Codon; concepts become reality and business opportunities materialise."
Debora Lucarelli, CEO, Enhanc3d Genomics Ltd.
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