Congrats to our client MediaGamma who closed a £2m round from the UCL Technology Fund in partnership with ParkWalk Advisors and the London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF). MediaGamma is a predictive analytics software company that uses an enterprise-grade reinforcement machine learning platform to deliver decisions in under five milliseconds. Predictive analytics MediaGamma uses its ad tech machine learning platform in programmatic advertising, building and training more accurate user-profiling and bidding algorithms that vastly reduce customer acquisition costs for their clients. Howard Watt, partner, JAG Shaw Baker believes ad tech is not going away anytime soon. “Ad tech is transformative. Nearly 90%…
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. It’s imperative that anyone working with or for patients, particularly in digital healthcare, understands what it means to them and their products and services. The current focus of many GDPR-readiness seminars and guidelines is largely on the internal – for example, scoping the role of the Data Protection Officer; defining data controllers versus data processors, and unpicking the various justifications for legal processing of data. All crucial stuff, of course. But through focussing on these internal aspects of implementing GDPR, there’s a danger of missing something crucial….
In investor news, our client ETF Partners recently led a £70 million deal for E-Leather, a UK environmentally friendly materials technology company using traditional leather fibres and high-powered water to produce a technologically advanced eco-leather material. “JAG Shaw Baker has been great at giving guidance through this complicated transaction. The process would not have been as smooth without their help,” said Arne Morteani, Partner, ETF Partners. Considered an advanced GreenTech company, E-Leather creates the look and feel of traditional leather with the performance and consistency of an engineered product through a sustainable process. In 2017, E-Leather and Nike announced a strategic…
Our partner and co-founder, James Shaw, recently participated in a panel discussion about funding artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) start-ups in healthcare at Biotech and Money/Medtech and Money World Congress on 5 February 2018. Panellists included Isabel van de Keere, CEO at Immersive Rehab, Tommi Lehtonen, CEO at Blueprint Genetics, and Andrew Chapman, Digital Health, Sector Lead at Digital Catapult. As part of that panel, James wrote an opinion piece for Biotech and Money called The New Cambrian Era for Biotech Startups. Here is the article in full. ________________________________________________________________________ Healthcare is the hottest new sector for start-ups…
We’ve seen several months of milestones from our Life Sciences clients – from funding rounds to industry recognition. Here’s short round-up of their successes. INVESTMENT Our client Julz, a healthcare investment company, was one of the investors in SurgaColl in their Series A. SurgaColl is a regenerative medicine company focussed on tissue repair. The funding allowed the company to establish a new commercial headquarters in Alderley Park, Cheshire which is one of the largest bioscience campuses in the UK with more than one million square feet of prime lab space. Julz, also closed a Series A round for Stent Tek…
Our associate, Ashley Williams worked with our client Aimbrain to co-author a whitepaper, GDPR & Beyond: Collaboration, Consent, Capture and Care in the World of Biometric Data. Aimbrain has a multi-module biometrics platform that allows institutions to authenticate their customer’s identity on any device across any channel. The whitepaper looks at the first corporate use cases in the 1960s and notes that biometrics have become commonplace across banking, government, enterprise applications, physical access and more. Today, using fingerprint and facial scans to unlock devices has put biometrics in the mainstream, and the industry is worth an estimated value of $25.3 billion by…
We are very pleased to announce our new office in Cambridge. The office is part of our ongoing commitment to the Life Sciences ecosystem in the area and throughout the UK. The Life Sciences industry is worth around £64 Billion to the UK economy. The UK government is centering part of its new life sciences strategy to make Britain a world leader in Life Sciences on Cambridge. The Cambridge Cluster is already recognised as the hub of the UK life sciences industry with more than 400 companies employing an excess of 13,000 people. Earlier this year, Sir John Bell, Life…
A recent survey from Clearswift asked companies if they felt they had all the necessary processes in place to be compliant for the pending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The top five sectors from that survey that indicated they were ready included technology and telecommunications (32%), education (31%), IT (29%), business services (29%) and finance (29%). But the survey also revealed that healthcare was the least likely to be ready for GDPR and have the processes in place to comply with the legislation. GDPR takes effect on 25 May 2018 and introduces substantial changes to the EU data protection regime. The GDPR…
Congratulations to our client, Crane Venture Partners on leading the Series C $30 Million funding round for London-based Onfido. Onfido uses artificial intelligence algorithms to help websites verify people’s identities by merely using a photo-based identity document and a selfie to curb hackers and security breaches that have exposed personal information of millions of people globally. This is the second round of investment for Onfido following their round of $30 Million including two of our clients Idinvest and Wellington. In an interview with TechCrunch, Scott Sage, co-founder and partner, Crane Venture Partners, said that Onfido is one of the leading data enterprise…
Summer turns to fall, and our clients continue to show no signs of stopping. In gaming news, we advised London-based Bossa Studios on its $10 Million Series A fundraise ahead of the launch of its upcoming simulation game Worlds Adrift. Atomico led the investment with participation from existing investor, London Venture Partners. Atomico co-founder and partner Mattias Ljungman and executive-in-residence Alexis Bonte, will both join Bossa’s board of directors. In an ongoing validation of the strength of UK and European tech, Bossa will be making use of Improbable’s ground-breaking SpatialOS platform in the creation of Worlds Adrift. The Cambridge-born tech firm has…
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