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November 2023
Cyted appoints Gail Marcus as Chair of the Board
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Cambridge, UK: Cyted, a company working on non-endoscopic diagnostics for digestive diseases, today announces that Gail Marcus has been named as the company’s Board Chair and Non-Executive Director, to support the business’s entry into the US market. She will be taking over from Will West who has served for over 3 years as Board Chair and will retain an active role on the Board.

“This milestone appointment brings an invaluable addition to the Cyted team. Gail will help drive forward work taking our minimally-invasive EndoSign® test for the pre-cancerous condition Barrett’s esophagus to patients across the US,” said Marcel Gehrung, Cyted CEO and Co-founder. “With an exceptional record of leadership in pioneering diagnostic technology companies and a deep understanding of US healthcare, she is unrivalled in terms of expertise for this post. I would also like to thank Will West for his outstanding contribution in the role and developing the organization in recent years.”

“I am excited to be leading Cyted’s expansion in the US alongside the team and determined to make sure many more physicians have the opportunity to provide convenient, accessible diagnostics to their patients,” said Marcus. “The potential to transform the way we monitor patients with chronic reflux and identify those at risk of developing cancer using minimally-invasive diagnostics is huge.”

Gail currently serves on the board of Natera (NTRA), a leading women’s health and molecular diagnostics company. She also serves on private company boards, including PathAI and Biomodal (formerly Cambridge Epigenetix). Gail is an Assistant Professor at Hofstra University in the Master’s in Health Administration program.

Prior to her current roles, Gail held senior leadership positions at CIGNA and United Healthcare and served as CEO of Caris Diagnostics, a pioneer in cancer care, and Calloway Labs, a biotechnology firm specialising in clinical toxicology laboratory services. Gail has received a DHA from the Medical University of South Carolina, an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, an MSE in Information Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Mathematics and Spanish from Wesleyan University.

November 2023
Cyted’s test clears endoscopy backlogs and delivers savings in NHS pilot
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  • Technology cut burden on endoscopy services in Barrett’s patients and delivered savings for the NHS

Diagnostic technology from health company Cyted could reduce NHS endoscopy waiting lists by over 75%, an independent evaluation of a pilot deploying the minimally invasive test in primary care and community settings has found.

“The findings of this report clearly demonstrate the huge positive impact of our technology.” said Cyted CEO and Co-founder Marcel Gehrung. “They show that we can cut waiting times, deliver earlier diagnoses, and help to relieve pressure on health systems still recovering from the pandemic. By making this technology widely available in communities we can diagnose cancer earlier improving patient outcomes”.

The Unity Insights study found Cyted’s test cleared endoscopy backlogs for four hospitals, reduced burdens on endoscopy services and would deliver a positive return on investment for the NHS. It evaluated a pilot project offering surveillance for NHS patients with Barrett’s esophagus, a precursor to cancer, in the North West of England in 2022. For five months, Cyted’s capsule sponge test, a minimally invasive alternative to endoscopies, was used to monitor patients in the community.

The test was able to identify low risk Barrett's esophagus surveillance patients who could safely wait for a routine endoscopy, while allowing a subgroup of high-risk patients to be fast-tracked for urgent endoscopies. The Unity Insights report found patients undergoing surveillance were happy to have access to the alternative to endoscopies.

Read more on the Unity Insights reporthere.

The NHS pilot project, called CYTOPRIME, was designed to assess the impact of delivering capsule sponge tests in primary care and community settings and help the recovery of endoscopy services which have been under pressure since the COVID-19 pandemic. At the start of the project, the NHS North West region had the longest waitlist for endoscopy in England, with more than 50% of patients waiting over six weeks for a potentially life-saving diagnostic test.

A total of 150 patients received the capsule sponge test, cutting the number of required endoscopies by 107 and delivering a 31% fall in patients waiting more than six weeks from referral to procedure. The backlog for Barrett's surveillance endoscopy was cleared at four NHS trusts. The implementation and outcomes of the project were modelled over 12 months, and showed the project delivered a significant cost saving. The report calculated that a single local NHS Integrated Care System could save as much as £3.86m over five years by adopting the technology.

The project was funded by SBRI Healthcare in partnership with the Lancashire & South Cumbria Cancer Alliance, the Cheshire & Merseyside and Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Integrated Care Systems, the Innovation Agency (North West Coast Academic Health Science Network), Unity Insights and Medtronic.

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October 2023
European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy recommends capsule sponge testing for Barrett's esophagus
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The European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) has published an update to the Barett's esophagus guidelines for diagnosis and management and highlighted the high-quality evidence for capsule sponge testing.

This officially sets out guidance for practitioners and patients on using non-endoscopic, minimally-invasive cell collection, like Cyted's EndoSign®, as an alternative to endoscopy that can proactively care for oesophageal health and find oesophageal cancer earlier.

Capsule Sponge Testing in Action

This minimally-invasive procedure collects cell samples from the entire length of the esophagus, which are then analyzed. Based on the test results, healthcare professionals can efficiently triage patients. Those with concerning findings can be prioritized for urgent endoscopy, while others can be more easily monitored on a regular basis, ensuring timely intervention when needed.

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For more on the guidelines, click here (external link).

July 2023
Cyted CEO Marcel Gehrung gives evidence to House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee's Future Cancer inquiry
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Earlier this year the UK Health and Social Care Committee conducted an inquiry which sought to explore innovations in cancer diagnosis and treatment. By gathering evidence from a wide array of organisations and experts, it examined how these innovations can be transitioned into frontline and clinical settings.

Cyted took this opportunity to submit a written response to the inquiry detailing the potential of its diagnostics technology and was subsequently invited to present further evidence to the committee as a witness.

In July, Cyted CEO Marcel Gehrung was invited to the House of Commons to provide additional evidence in person, highlighting the importance of early intervention and cancer detection, and how we can get new diagnostic technologies to the patients who need them.

During the session, he told the Committee about how vital it is that we:

  • Use new diagnostics to identify cancers as early and widely as possible to help save lives.
  • Identify and remove barriers to patients taking tests so more people can access this service.
  • Deliver an easily accessible Heartburn Health Check to provide walk-in tests on demand.

Cyted’s written evidence can be read in full here on the Parliament website:

June 2023
Heartburn Health Check rolled out to NHS patients as test cuts waiting times and helps prevent cancer
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  • Heartburn Health Check to be offered to patients across England
  • New evidence that Cyted’s test can save money and relieve NHS pressures

A new test to detect and help prevent early oesophageal cancer will be delivered to NHS patients from this weekend. The diagnostic company Cyted will launch the Heartburn Health Check programme as part of an NHS-funded rollout, set to benefit more than 80 locations across the UK.

Cyted has already provided 15,000 early oesophageal cancer detection tests with existing technology. Now it is launching a new UKCA and CE-marked testing device - the EndoSign® capsule sponge test – which will be deployed in both clinical and community settings.

An independent report from Unity Insights concludes that Cyted’s testing could save the NHS millions of pounds as well as significantly reduce endoscopy waiting lists. The report calculated that a single NHS Integrated Care System, of which there are 42 in total, could save as much as £3.86m over five years by adopting the technology.

Cyted’s tests are more comfortable and accessible than conducting endoscopies – the current standard of care for diagnosing and monitoring patients with the precancerous condition Barrett’s oesophagus. Widespread deployment can help cut waiting lists and ease pressures on hospitals. Oesophageal cancer is one of the most malignant cancers, with over half a million people dying from the condition globally every year.

Cyted’s new device is the next generation of capsule sponge testing, featuring improved usability that makes the test easier and faster for practitioners and more comfortable for patients. The test sees patients swallow a capsule which collects cells from the oesophagus in a process that takes less than ten minutes. It can be used to monitor patients suffering from chronic heartburn and Barrett’s oesophagus, who are at risk of developing oesophageal cancer, to ensure that cancer can be quickly detected earlier and treated.

The programme of tests to be launched this weekend has been financed by the UK government’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), which provided £3.4m in grant funding to Cyted earlier this year. It will initially be offered to patients in Lancashire and South Cumbria, East of England and Wessex to both help monitor those with Barrett’s oesophagus and to identify people with persistent heartburn who are most at risk of developing cancer. This additional work will build on Cyted’s ongoing testing programme in hospitals and communities throughout the UK.

MARCEL GEHRUNG, CEO and co-founder of Cyted, said: “We want to deliver our Heartburn Health Check to as many patients as possible. Cyted’s new EndoSign® technology will ensure we can provide early cancer tests in even more communities.

“The delivery of the Heartburn Health Check in community diagnostic centres and GP clinics will make our testing even easier to access. Oesophageal cancer is a major public health concern and one of the deadliest cancers, having a survival rate of less than 15%. Simply put: faster and earlier diagnoses can save lives.”

May 2023
Early cancer diagnostics company Cyted raises $16.8m in new funding
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  • Financing includes a $4.2m (£3.4m) NHS Cancer Programme grant
  • Patients across UK already benefiting from early cancer test
  • New investment will be used for commercial growth and R&D programmes

Cambridge, UK, 17 May 2023, 15.00 GMT:Today, the early cancer diagnostics company Cyted announces a funding round of $16.8 million (£13.4m) co-led by BGF and Morningside Ventures with participation from private investors. The investment includes a £3.4m ($4.2m) non-dilutive grant from the NHS Cancer Programme, announced last month.

The financing will be used to scale in existing markets, as well as entering the US market, and further develop Cyted’s research and development programmes across gastrointestinal cancers and diseases. It will support the expansion of Cyted’s work providing early detection tests for oesophageal cancer to NHS patients in primary and community care settings.

The NHS Cancer Programme grant, provided with the support of SBRI Healthcare, will be used by Cyted to offer further tests in the community in Lancashire and South Cumbria, the East of England and the Wessex NHS region. It follows a £500,000 grant from SBRI Healthcare in Spring 2022 for a separate project providing community testing in the North-West of England.

Cyted’s innovative diagnostic platform combines a non-invasive test with data-driven biomarkers for early detection and risk stratification of cancers and inflammatory diseases. Its first application is in esophageal cancer.

Founded only three years ago, the company has already delivered over 15,000 tests to diagnose and monitor patients suffering from Barrett’s esophagus, a precursor to esophageal cancer, in more than 80 sites across the UK. Created by a team including Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald OBE and Dr Marcel Gehrung, both from the University of Cambridge, Cyted is a prime example of bringing ground-breaking science to industry. The test has also been undergoing rollout in community settings since August 2022, including primary care sites.

Esophageal cancer is a global public health priority, with late diagnoses and long waiting times for endoscopies leading to poor survival rates. Earlier diagnosis and better monitoring of Barrett’s esophagus patients, who are at higher risk of developing esophageal cancer, can help ensure that cancer is caught early and treated. By identifying cancer in its earliest stages, Cyted's technology helps to reduce the number of unnecessary endoscopies, has the potential to significantly improve patient outcomes and save lives - and is already doing so.

"We are thrilled to have the support of existing and new investors as we work to bring our diagnostic products to more markets" said Cyted CEO Marcel Gehrung."This funding demonstrates a vote of confidence in our technology. Early-stage cancer is a major global health issue, and we believe that our technology has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of even more patients and their families".

The company plans to use the funding to strategically expand its team, scale geographically, and pursue new development efforts. Cyted is committed to making early cancer detection accessible to everyone, ensuring that patients at risk of cancer get the care they deserve.

Lucy Edwardes Jones from BGF said: “Cyted is one of the most innovative companies at the intersection of diagnostics and cancer. The company is addressing a real-world issue with a simple and scalable solution. Their technology is already being used across the UK health system with the potential to have a significant impact on patients around the world.”

"We are excited to continue our commitment to Cyted’s fight against upper gastrointestinal cancers," said Anthony Aiudi from Morningside. "Cyted's technology will revolutionise the way we detect and monitor the earliest stages of disease. The proven clinical adoption and traction over recent years demonstrate an exciting opportunity for early cancer diagnostics and targeted screening".

April 2023
Cyted awarded £3.4m SBRI grant
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  • Major new funding for innovative CYTOPRIME2 diagnostics programme in the NHS
  • Grant brings Barrett’s oesophagus test to more primary and community settings
  • Extra support to help triage waiting lists and reduce pressure on endoscopy services

Cyted, a leading UK-based medical technology company, today welcomes the announcement that it has been awarded £3.4 million in grant funding to offer more diagnostic tests to NHS patients in primary and community care settings.

The significant injection of funds from NHS England’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) will allow Cyted to run additional primary care clinics identifying patients suffering from Barrett’s oesophagus. Chronic reflux patients benefiting from the programme will be able to take a test in community settings to diagnose Barrett’s oesophagus symptoms, without needing to go into hospital.

As Barrett’s oesophagus can progress to become oesophageal cancer, swift diagnosis of the condition helps to identify more cancers early in future. The testing allows patients who have signs of early cancer to be prioritised for endoscopies, making it easier to triage waiting lists and reduce pressure on endoscopy services.

The grant comes from the NHS Cancer Programme, supported by SBRI Healthcare and Accelerated Access Collaborative, to enable the enhancement of efficiency, coordination and communication throughout the care pathway for people living with chronic reflux.

The new funding follows a £500,000 SBRI grant awarded last year to Cyted to pilot its test technology in community care settings in the North West of England. Both grants were awarded as part of Cyted’s work to bring more testing into the community to increase accessibility for people living with chronic reflux and Barrett’s oesophagus.

Cyted’s diagnostic platform brings together a non-invasive test with data-driven biomarkers for early detection and risk stratification of cancers and inflammatory diseases. Its first application is in oesophageal cancer. Cyted has already delivered over 15,000 tests in more than 80 hospitals to diagnose and monitor patients who are suffering from Barrett’s oesophagus. Across the world, late diagnoses and long waiting times for endoscopies can lead to poor survival rates. Cyted’s technology helps to identify cancer in its earliest stages when treatment can be more effective.

Cyted CEO Marcel Gehrung said: “Today’s announcement is great news for Cyted and for patients. It means we can get more quick, efficient tests out into communities, and make sure people can receive swift diagnoses without having to come into hospital. We are building on a long partnership with the NHS and looking forward to expanding that work.

“This substantial grant underlines the global potential of Cyted’s diagnostic technology. Worldwide, oesophageal cancer is a major global health issue and our non-invasive test can make a significant contribution to shortening waiting times and saving lives.”

The grant was awarded through an SBRI Healthcare competition. SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England & NHS Improvement initiative, supported by the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and managed by LGC Group.

March 2023
Transforming the earlier detection of oesophageal cancer
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Clinical and non-clinical colleagues interested in capsule sponge testing from across the UK will come together on 25 May to discuss what has been achieved to date and how this emerging technology will deliver real-world impact at a system level and transform the upper GI care pathway.

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September 2022
Cyted reaches 10,000 NHS early cancer tests milestone
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The early cancer test allows patients to swallow a capsule which collects cells from the oesophagus in a process that takes just ten minutes and can be delivered in the community. This technology is more comfortable and more accessible than conducting endoscopies – the current standard of care for monitoring Barrett’s oesophagus patients.

Oesophageal cancer remains a pressing public health priority, with late diagnoses leading to poor survival rates. Cyted’s highly effective diagnostic pathway to detect early-stage oesophageal cancer can reduce NHS backlogs and relieve pressures on endoscopy services.

"There is huge potential to build on this work to support many more patients and develop new diagnostic tests in future.”

Cyted team celebrates the milestone

The test is currently used in more than 50 hospitals in England and Scotland and is being trialled in community settings from August 2022, including in GP surgeries. The NHS has provided £500,000 of funding to pilot testing in community care across North-West England.

Marcel Gehrung, CEO and co-founder of Cyted said

“This milestone shows the difference that our test is making for many thousands of patients. This technology delivers quicker and less intrusive monitoring, freeing up NHS resources.

“The next stage will see the early cancer test used in GP clinics and community diagnostic centers. It’s exciting to see an innovation created in the UK making such a positive impact for patients. There is huge potential to build on this work to support many more patients and develop new diagnostic tests in future.”

Read more from Marcel here

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Recognizing Excellence: Our Awards and Accolades

We take pride in our commitment to innovation, excellence, and pioneering healthcare solutions. Our dedication to transforming diagnostics and improving patient outcomes has not gone unnoticed. Our achievements inspire us to continue pushing the boundaries of what is possible in healthcare.
HSJ Partnership Awards
Diagnostics Project of the Year, in partnership with Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB
The Medilink Healthcare Business Awards
One to Watch Award
Healthcare Honors Award
Outstanding Innovation for CYTOPRIME1, alongside Lancs & South Cumbria NHS Trust
Barclays Entrepreneur Awards
Eagle Labs Innovation Award
HSJ Awards
Modernising Diagnostics — alongside Calderdale & Huddersfield FT; and University Hospitals of Leicester Trust
Laing Buisson
Innovation in Health Tech
OBN Awards
Outstanding Contribution to Population Health Through Innovation for our CYTOPRIME 1 project, alongside Lancashire & South Cumbria Cancer Alliance
Innovate Awards
Best Established MedTech Company
NHS Parliamentary Awards
Excellence in Health Care Award, alongside Lancs & South Cumbria Cancer Alliance
Laing Buisson
Innovation in Health Tech
Cancer Research Horizons
Startup achievement of the year
Prix Galien
Best Medical Technology
Cofinitive, 21 to watch
Cyted’s CEO named top 21
Cambridge Judge Business School
Graduate business of the year
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Cyted’s CEO, Marcel Gehrung awarded the Alexander Fleming prize
Forbes 30 under 30
Cyted’s CEO, Marcel Gehrung named on Forbes 30 under 30 in the Science & Healthcare category