Lucero unveils rebrand as they enter next stage of development.
Lucero will ring in the new year with generous funding from the European Innovation Council (EIC) to continue the development of our 3D cell culture handling platform.
Lucero awarded 900 000 SEK Vinnova Innovative Startups Stage 2 grant to build on Stage 1 progress in preparation for an on-site pharmaceutical pilot project and Seed round funding.
Lucero has moved its offices to AstraZeneca’s BioVentureHub in Mölndal, Sweden.
The consortium aims to develop a “near-patient drug development” strategy that includes using 3D cell models comprised of patient-derived cells. The strategy will reduce clinical failures, enable the development of more effective treatments at a lower cost, and allow the right drug leads to be matched with the right patient subgroup.
Out of 934 applicants, Lucero was selected by Vinnova, Sweden’s Innovation Agency, as one of the recipients of the Innovative Startups Stage 1 grant. The grant is targeted towards early-stage startups that are based on innovative products and services and that show global growth potential. The money is meant to help startups develop their prototypes and business models, as well as create strategies to protect and commercialize their intellectual assets.
Lucero has been selected by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, as one of the semi-finalists in the Pre-Seed, Healthcare category of their Photonics West Startup Challenge. This is the second time in a row that Lucero has been selected to participate in the competition, which will be held digitally this year on May 26th.
With the help of ACTPHAST4.0 partners, VUB B-PHOT Brussels Photonics and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, both world leaders in photonics education, research, and innovation, Lucero aims to optimize our optical setup to maximize its potential to work with 3D cell models, as well as to reduce the size of the system itself.
Chalmers Ventures hosted their annual Accelerator Pitch event during the first week of November. The event showcases new additions to their Accelerator program with a friendly pitch competition. This year, the event was held digitally and the best pitch was decided by public vote.
The Lucero team would like to extend our warmest thanks to the Nordic Startup Awards team and to everyone who voted for us. It is such an honor to be chosen from a group of such strong companies. A big congratulations to the other Swedish nominees, Spermosens, Deversify, tendo, and Flow. As well as to the other national winners, Particle3D, CLEX Bio, SurgeryVision, and Controlant.