Arsenal Capital Partners-backed CellCarta buys Biogazelle

Montreal-based CellCarta, formerly Caprion-HistoGeneX, has acquired Biogazelle, a Ghent, Belgium-based specialist in applications to support pharmaceutical research, clinical trials and diagnostic test development.

Montreal-based CellCarta, formerly Caprion-HistoGeneX, has acquired Biogazelle, a Ghent, Belgium-based specialist in applications to support pharmaceutical research, clinical trials and diagnostic test development. No financial terms were disclosed. CellCarta, a provider of precision medicine laboratory services to the biopharmaceutical industry, is backed by Arsenal Capital Partners.

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MONTREAL, Dec. 14, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – CellCarta, a leading global provider of precision medicine laboratory services, announced today the acquisition of Biogazelle (“Biogazelle”), a leader in genomic testing solutions. Located in Ghent (Belgium), Biogazelle develops and deploys high-end digital PCR (dPCR), quantitative PCR (qPCR) and RNASeq assays for its pharmaceutical and biotech industry clients.

With decades of experience in gene expression analysis, the Biogazelle team is uniquely positioned and skilled in the application of quantitative PCR and digital PCR. Co-founders Jan Hellemans and Jo Vandesompele are internationally recognized for setting standards in gene expression analysis.

Biogazelle, a Ghent University spin-off with the financial support of BNP Paribas Fortis and the investment funds of Qbic, PMV and the Fournier-Majoie Foundation, was the first European laboratory to offer the dPCR technology and is still at the forefront of dPCR-based research. The group also provides dedicated RNA sequencing workflows on clinical samples such as liquid biopsies and FFPE tissues.

“Biogazelle’s exceptional genomics expertise will enable CellCarta to further support its clients’ therapeutic development strategies, offering them key solutions to address their clinical challenges and move their immunology and other programs forward” said Martin LeBlanc, CEO of CellCarta. Acquiring Biogazelle strengthens CellCarta’s growth strategy to become the leading provider of precision medicine services and will allow the organization to extend genomic services from discovery to clinical settings. “We are very excited to join forces with CellCarta. With both organizations driven by scientific excellence and innovation, it’s the logical next step for us to maximally leverage our know-how and services on a truly global scale.” said Roel Sterken, CEO of Biogazelle.

While continuing to offer its current breadth of genomic services, Biogazelle will become CellCarta’s Center of Excellence for the development of complex genomic biomarker assays. The acquisition allows CellCarta to expand its offering to clients in fields with high demand in genomic analysis, such as immuno-oncology and cell and gene therapy.

About CellCarta
CellCarta is a leading provider of specialized precision medicine laboratory services to the biopharmaceutical industry. Leveraging its integrated analytical platforms in immunology, histopathology, proteomics and genomics, as well as related specimen collection and logistics services, CellCarta supports the entire drug development cycle, from discovery to late-stage clinical trials. The company operates globally with 10 facilities located in Canada, USA, Belgium, Australia, and China.