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Huge congratulations to Vishal Marria, CEO and founder of Quantexa for winning the Developing Entrepreneur Award, in recognition of outstanding personal and company achievements.

Hazy, the data anonymisation software developer formerly known as Anon AI, has won M12’s Innovate AI award, receiving a $1million investment from M12 in partnership with Notion.

Innovate AI is a global competition launched by M12, formerly Microsoft Ventures, to recognise and award capital to high-potential AI and machine learning start-ups. Ten finalists each in North America, Europe and Israel competed in a live pitch-off where their ideas were evaluated by a panel of experts from Microsoft and a local venture capital manager.

The UCL Technology Fund (UCLTF), UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (UKI2S), alongside support from Innovate UK, have invested in UCL spinout company Glialign Ltd, which is developing a novel cell therapy for peripheral nerve repair. 

Hundreds of thousands of people every year are affected by severe peripheral nerve damage, resulting in paralysis and loss of sensation, often accompanied by chronic pain. Current therapies are successful in fewer than half of cases and often require grafting of a nerve from another part of the body. …

We are delighted to announce that Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) has completed the acquisition of Grapeshot Limited. Since 2014, the Albion VCTs have invested a total of £2.9m in the business and on the assumption that the full escrow is received, the exit  represents a return of c.10x for the Albion VCTs.  

Grapeshot provides brand safety and pre-bid contextual solutions to over 5,000 of the world’s leading marketers. Each month, over 38 billion programmatic ad impressions are enhanced using Grapeshot’s Contextual Intelligence Platform in…

Albion has led a £6.5 million Series A investment round in PayAsUGym (‘PAUG’), the online fitness marketplace, alongside existing co-investor Concentric and individual angels. The investment will be used to build the team, further enhance the product, grow the gym network and overall user base.

PAUG enables gym users to access a national network of thousands of health and fitness clubs, pools, classes and spas, on a flexible pay-as-you-go, short-term pass or unlimited membership basis. The company has rapidly expanded its range of venues…

- Agreement strengthens Orchard’s position as a global leader in gene therapy for rare diseases

- GSK takes 19.9% equity stake in Orchard and seat on board

GSK and Orchard Therapeutics today announced a strategic agreement, under which GSK will transfer its portfolio of approved and investigational rare disease gene therapies to Orchard, securing the continued development of the programmes and access for patients. This acquisition strengthens Orchard’s position as a global leader in gene therapy for rare diseases. GSK will continue to…

Twenty-two leading financial services companies have so far pledged their commitment to help create a culture of social impact investing in the UK.

The signatories which include Albion have pledged to work together to drive forward the key recommendations of the Advisory Group to Government on Social Impact investing. Earlier this month, The Prime Minister, Theresa May, asked Elizabeth Corley, vice chair of Allianz Global Investors, to lead an industry taskforce to progress the Advisory Group’s recommendations.

The statement of…

The UCL Technology Fund has invested in MediaGamma, the predictive analytics software company, as part of a £2m round in partnership with ParkWalk Advisors and the London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF).

MediaGamma has developed a world leading enterprise-grade reinforcement machine learning (self-learning) platform, delivering decisions in under five milliseconds. It has proven its technology in programmatic advertising, building and training more accurate user-profiling and bidding algorithms that vastly reduce customer acquisition costs for…