SynapDx Corporation Secures $15.4M in Funding Led by Google Ventures
Investment Propels Development of SynapDx’s Innovative Blood Test for the Early Diagnosis of AutismJuly 22, 2013 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
LEXINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SynapDx Corporation, today announced it has secured a $15.4 million funding round, led by Google Ventures. Foundation Medical Partners also joined the financing as a new investor alongside founding investors North Bridge Venture Partners and General Catalyst Partners.
“SynapDx has demonstrated its commitment to improving the autism diagnostic process and can offer new hope to patients and their families for earlier detection. This investment further validates the company’s groundbreaking approach, but also underscores the need for continued autism awareness.”Tweet this
The funding will support the continued advancement of SynapDx as a next generation diagnostics and informatics company focused on pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders. SynapDx is currently developing a breakthrough blood-based autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnostic test, designed to help clinicians identify children with autism earlier than they do today.
SynapDx also announced the appointment of Google’s Andrew Conrad, PhD, to the company’s Board of Directors. Conrad is the former chief scientific officer of LabCorp and co-founder of its National Genetics Institute.
Conrad noted, “The best diagnostic tests of our era will be developed at the nexus of advanced genomics and cutting edge informatics. SynapDx stands to revolutionize the autism field while building the pediatric genomics company. Given my prior involvement on Autism Speaks’ board, I am well aware of the need for better diagnostics to help clinicians and families get children identified as quickly as possible.”
Krishna Yeshwant, MD, General Partner at Google Ventures, added, “SynapDx’s use of advanced technologies and multiple analytes to generate the most informative blood test possible is a great example of the type of industry-altering innovation we look for at Google Ventures. Andy and I look forward to focusing on this important mission and accelerating the company’s growth.”
Bill Geary, Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners, noted, “SynapDx has demonstrated its commitment to improving the autism diagnostic process and can offer new hope to patients and their families for earlier detection. This investment further validates the company’s groundbreaking approach, but also underscores the need for continued autism awareness.”
“We are excited to include Google Ventures and Foundation Medical Partners amongst our list of notable investors and recognize the transformational opportunity this presents for SynapDx,” said Stan Lapidus, CEO, SynapDx. “As our clinical study progresses and we look toward commercialization, our partnership with Google, Andy and Krishna will be instrumental for the company’s next phase.”
Foundation Medical Partners, a healthcare technology venture capital firm, brings tremendous and relevant successful investment and operating experience as well as its strategic limited partnership relationship with Cleveland Clinic, which benefits the firm and its portfolio companies.
About SynapDx Corp.
SynapDx is a private company developing laboratory diagnostic services for autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, with the initial goal of enabling earlier detection of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The company collaborates with ASD experts at leading institutions.
SynapDx was founded in 2010 and is based in Lexington, Mass.
Members of the board of directors are: Hemant Taneja, Partner at General Catalyst; Bob Carpenter, former Lead Director of Genzyme and founder of Integrated Genetics; Tom Mac Mahon, founding and former CEO of LabCorp; Stan Lapidus, CEO SynapDx; Andy Conrad, Google; Bill Geary, Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners.
SynapDx’s investors include North Bridge Venture Partners, General Catalyst Partners, Google Ventures, Foundation Medical Partners, LabCorp and The Kraft Group.
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Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.