NextGen to launch

NextGen Sciences, the Huntingdon- headquartered protein technology specialist, is looking to raise up to £2.4 million with the aid of adviser Seymour Pierce, ahead of its planned AIM flotation tomorrow.

Founded in 2000, NextGen has developed a series of systems that allow researchers to better understand the role proteins can play in disease diagnosis and drug discovery. Protein analysis instrument a2DE Optimizer and gene cloning robotic system The Expression Factory are among the technologies offered by the company, via offices in Cambridgeshire and Philadelphia and a network of Far East distributors.

East of England-focused private equity fund Create Partners, which has backed the company on four further occasions since completing an initial investment in February 2004, will retain a 16.2 per cent stake post-flotation.

Leslie Copeland

Leslie Copeland

Leslie was made Editor for Growth Company Investor magazine in 2000, then headed up the launch of Business XL magazine, and then became Editorial Director in 2007 for the online and print publication portfolio...

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