Anatomi Corp. Honored with 2019 Tekne Award for Innovation in Startup Category

November 21  

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — November 21, 2019 — The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named Anatomi Corp. as the recipient of the 2019 Tekne Award in the Startup category.  The company was honored at the 20th annual Tekne Awards Gala last night at the Minneapolis Convention Center, along with other Minnesota companies, individuals and technologies that positively impact the lives and futures of people around the world.

MHTA recognized Anatomi as an early-stage company with commercialized products that demonstrate significant potential, creativity and a promising future.  The biotechnology company is accelerating advances in neuroscience through its proprietary technology that enables production of human neurons from stem cells faster and more efficiently.  The company is currently marketing stem cell culture media to create human sensory neurons for pharmaceutical research in chronic pain relief.

“We are delighted to be honored by the Minnesota High Tech Association and grateful to everyone who helped us launch our company,” said Patrick Walsh, Anatomi Chief Executive Officer.  “We believe our technology can help accelerate the discovery and development of new therapies for a wide range of neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS.  Our initial focus is the large unmet need for human sensory neurons essential for pharmaceutical research into alleviating chronic pain, which affects approximately 1 out of 5 American adults, or 50 million people.”

The 2019 Tekne Awards were presented to 12 of Minnesota’s most influential companies, and recognized innovations in cloud computing, cybersecurity, Industry 4.0, MedTech and workforce development and more.

Anatomi Corp. is based on technology that Mr. Walsh and co-founder Vincent Truong developed at the University of Minnesota.  The company was launched in May 2019 by U of M Technology Commercialization’s Venture Center and was among the first startups to complete its Discovery Launchpad incubator program.  Anatomi recently received additional support for the technology’s commercialization from a Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Biobusiness Development grant.

About the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)

The Minnesota High Tech Association is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s prosperity and making Minnesota a top-five technology state. We bring together the people of Minnesota’s science and technology ecosystem and lead the way in bringing science and technology issues to leaders at Minnesota’s capitol and Washington, D.C. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy. Our members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota.

About Anatomi Corp.

Anatomi is a biotechnology company accelerating advances in neurological drug discovery.  The company manufactures and markets a proprietary stem cell culture media that enables faster and more efficient production of human sensory neurons.  These fully functional neurons, which are derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), increase the clinical relevance of pharmaceutical research in chronic pain relief.  Anatomi is developing technologies for culturing other types of human iPSC-derived neurons and neural networks for research models, drug discovery, toxicity screening and tissue regeneration.  Anatomi is a privately held company based in Minneapolis. More Info: Email: [email protected].

Media Contact:

Dave Walsh

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