faCellitate is a Venture Team of Chemovator GmbH. It was created in 2018 from a BASF research project by an interdisciplinary team consisting of chemists and biologists with long-term experience in material design. The resulting product ideas have been developed to market maturity in the Chemovator, the internal business incubator of BASF.
faCellitate specializes in the development of polymer surface coatings for laboratory consumables to create a fully synthetic, biologically relevant environment for cell-based assays. The highly defined and standardized products are used in areas of biomedical research such as cancer and stem cell research, early drug discovery and toxicology to enable and significantly refine the efficiency and predictability of preclinical cell-based models.
In May 2020, the team launched BIOFLOAT ™, their first product line that offers an advanced cell-inert surface coating for 3D culture with superior reliability and consistency.
faCellitate-surface coatings are conveniently applied to consumables such as dishes, multiwell plates, cell culture bottles or bioreactors. The BIOFLOAT™ technology creates a highly defined and cell-repellent surface that adapts to the shape of the consumables. Inert polymers enable cells to grow in a three-dimensional space and form uniform multicellular spheroids, providing a more biologically accurate model system than classic 2D culture on flat surfaces.
Further products leveraging faCellitate’s smart polymer platform are in development.
faCellitate will spin-out from BASF in the upcoming months and is looking for a series A investment at a ticket size of EUR 2.2 M. The main targets include building up adequate Sales force and distribution partnerships as well as complete the product development for 2nd product launch.
Also, stay tuned for faCellitate’s episode on Start Up the Science premiering next Tuesday!