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ZAGENO Announces Series B Funding, Led by General Catalyst, to Continue Revolutionizing the Biotech Purchasing Process

The round includes follow-on investment from Grazia Equity and
Capnamic Ventures to provide easier access to more biotech products
internationally and reduce costs for suppliers.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ZAGENO,
the leading enterprise marketplace for lab supplies, today announced it
raised a $20 million Series B round led by General Catalyst, with
follow-on investment from Grazia Equity and Capnamic Ventures. ZAGENO
curated more than 8 million research materials and products from premium
manufacturing brands on its online platform to serve this $130 billion
lab supply market. The company will use the new funding to substantially
grow its team in the United States, as well as in Germany and the United
Kingdom.


“Our mission is to accelerate innovation to make it easier for
researchers to develop medicines, therapies and scientific advancements.
We’re thrilled to announce this latest round of funding, which will
enable us to fulfill this goal,” said Florian Wegener, co-founder and
CEO of ZAGENO. “Expanding our Cambridge and Berlin-based teams is one of
our top priorities. We look forward to working closely with the many
incredible labs, researchers and purchasers of biotech and
pharmaceutical companies in the Greater Boston area, as well as Germany,
the United Kingdom and beyond.”

As former researchers, ZAGENO’s team knows first-hand how difficult and
time-consuming it can be to procure the right equipment required for
laboratory experiments. Thanks to this inside perspective, ZAGENO goes
beyond transactions by compiling product specifications in one place,
making it easy to compare and contrast items by category, brand and
price. ZAGENO’s platform brings much-needed transparency to biotech
purchasing with its proprietary Scientific
Score
, a best-in-class product rating system offering users
unbiased, peer-reviewed ratings to support accurate purchasing
decisions. For suppliers, ZAGENO’s platform enables streamlined access
to scientists and researchers across academia, pharmaceuticals and
biotech, making it easier for them to reach the customers they need most.

Spencer Lazar, Partner at General Catalyst and member of ZAGENO’s Board
of Directors, said: “ZAGENO is well positioned to revolutionize the $130
billion biotech market with its much needed one-stop shop for biotech
and pharmaceutical purchasers. We are proud to support the team as they
evolve and simplify the procurement process so that life science
researchers can spend more time doing what they do best: innovation and
discovery.”

Alec Rauschenbusch, Founder and Managing Director at Grazia Equity,
added: “We’re proud to continue our support of ZAGENO and its mission.
We’re impressed by the talent ZAGENO has already brought on board, and
the company’s rapid expansion proves there’s a real need for their
solution in the scientific community. We’re excited to see what the
company’s next chapters hold.”

By utilizing the ZAGENO platform, researchers are able to save as much
as 1.5 hours per order, freeing them to focus on their research rather
than their inventories. Just this month, ZAGENO’s platform was awarded
Frost & Sullivan’s 2019 North American Enabling Technology Leadership
Award for the seamless user experience it provides to all key
stakeholders in the life science research industry. Read more about the
award here.

About ZAGENO
ZAGENO is on a mission to accelerate scientific
innovation by streamlining biotech purchasing processes with its
award-winning, first-of-its-kind e-commerce platform. With over 8
million products available, ZAGENO makes online shopping for any
research material convenient, efficient and reliable. The ZAGENO
experience includes its Scientific
Score
, a best-in-class product rating system that offers unbiased,
peer-reviewed ratings to support accurate purchasing decisions.
Available on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices, ZAGENO makes biotech
purchases easier than ever and is an ideal sales channel for suppliers
and partners. Founded in 2015, the company is headquartered in
Cambridge, Massachusetts and has additional offices in Berlin, Germany.
For more information, visit zageno.com.
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About General Catalyst
General Catalyst is a venture capital
firm with approximately $5B in total capital raised that makes seed
through growth-stage investments. We back fearless entrepreneurs with
the potential to build foundational enterprise technologies and
ubiquitous consumer brands. With offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto,
New York City, and Boston, our portfolio companies benefit from a
bicoastal network of talent, customers, and opportunity. For more: www.generalcatalyst.com.

About Grazia Equity
Grazia Equity is one of the leading
venture capital investors working out of Germany. The company has been
supporting a large number of mostly young companies in diverse sectors,
often from their foundation to the Initial Public Offering or eventual
sale. Grazia’s success derives from a partnership with extraordinarily
strong entrepreneurial teams to turn them into international market
leaders. In contrast to other venture capital firms, Grazia
predominantly works with own capital that the partnership invests as
entrepreneurs. Grazia’s portfolio companies profit from the wide
entrepreneurial background of its partner team as well as their
extensive international network. Grazia has invested early in category
leaders such as Statista, Mister Spex, Immatics and Quantenna. For more
information see www.grazia.com.

About Capnamic Ventures
Capnamic Ventures is one of Europe’s
leading early-stage venture capital investors with offices in Berlin and
Cologne. The firm’s investment focus is on technology start-ups in
German-speaking countries. In addition, Capnamic invests with
international co-investors. All portfolio companies are supported by
Capnamic’s global industry network. The know-how of the Capnamic team is
based on more than 80 investments, numerous successful trade sales and
IPOs as well as own entrepreneurial experiences. Capnamic is managed by
Christian Siegele, Jörg Binnenbrücker and Olaf Jacobi as Managing
Partners. To find out more about our team and the founders we work with,
visit www.capnamic.com
or follow us on Twitter @Capnamic.

Contacts

Adriana Howell
BIGfish Communications for ZAGENO
[email protected]
617-713-3800

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