George Dunbar Joins Akadeum’s Board of Directors

September 2018

Akadeum Life Sciences has recently added George Dunbar to our Board of Directors. George has spent his career as an executive and leader of numerous biotech companies. He most recently served as president and CEO of ISTO Biologics, a  private cell therapy and biologics company acquired by Thompson Street Capital in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to ISTO, he was a Venture Partner with Arboretum Ventures, a leading life science venture …

First-of-Their-Kind Microbubble Products Commercially Available

September 2018

We are excited to announce that we making our microbubble-based T cell and B cell isolation kits available for purchase to early access users. A radical simplification over existing technologies, the use of microbubbles enables users to perform the entire cell separation process within a single tube and without a magnet. Akadeum has recently completed a beta testing program where key opinion leaders from across the United States performed testing …

Akadeum Advances Next Generation Cell Isolation Technology

April 2018

We have successfully demonstrated use of microbubbles for isolation of human T-cells and mouse B-cells. As a result, we are running a closed beta testing program with key thought leaders in immunology, cancer, and stem cell research. In order to examine circulating tumor cells for research or medical care, cancer specialists must first sift through tremendous numbers of normal cells. It is common for normal cells to outnumber cancer cells …

Akadeum Recognized for Best New Technology at CYTO Innovation

August 2017

Akadeum’s groundbreaking microbubble technology—which allows for fast, easy removal of target cells from biological samples—was recognized as the best new technology at CYTO Innovation 2017. Each year, the top minds in cytometry—which refers to the methodology used to extract quantitative information from individual cells—join together at ISAC’s CYTO Innovation to present the industry’s new technologies in the technology showcase. This year, we rose to the top as the clear winner. …

John Younger Featured in Science Magazine

May 2016

John Younger, Akadeum’s co-founder and chief science officer, was recently featured in a Science Magazine article on entrepreneurs. Alongside other science-based startup leaders, John discussed his journey from working in emergency medicine at the University of Michigan to developing a small microbubble cell sorting technology company. John and co-founder Brandon McNaughton launched Akadeum in an incubator in downtown Ann Arbor. “From a table in the basement, the two took preorders, engaged …

Akadeum CEO on Sirius XM with Steve Blank

March 2016

Akadeum CEO Brandon McNaughton recently sat down for a discussion on Sirius XM with Steve Blank. Steve interviewed Brandon as part of Entrepreneurs are Everywhere, and they discussed topics ranging from cell separation with microbubbles to figuring out how to move an idea from an idea to sales. See select quotes from the interview below. Entrepreneurs are Everywhere “The show follows the journeys of founders who share what it takes …

Akadeum Aims to Disrupt Cell Sorting Technology with Microbubbles

November 2015

Recently, Akadeum and our revolutionary cell sorting technology was featured in Xconomy Detroit. The article focuses on Akadeum’s lean startup method and how it prioritizes customer discovery and feedback. “The two main cell-sorting technologies being used right now, Younger says, involve a ‘wonderful but slow and expensive’ laser-activated method or one that relies on magnets to separate cells from their surroundings. ‘We’re faster than lasers and more gentle than magnets,’ …

Akadeum Life Sciences Closes $1 Million in Financing

October 2015

Akadeum has secured a $1 million investment led by Michigan eLab, which includes Detroit Innovate, Invest Michigan, University of Michigan MINTS, and Jeffrey Schox, a nationally renowned patient attorney. “What truly excited us at Michigan eLab was not only the disruptive nature Akadeum’s BACS™ microbubble solution has on the market, but the intense customer focus the founding team had, including embracing lean startup methodologies typically found in software companies,” said …

Michigan eLab Invests in Akadeum Life Sciences

January 2015

Michigan eLab, LLC. is a venture capital firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their first local investment? Akadeum Life Sciences. Since Akadeum’s microbubble cell sorting technology can reduce the time and cost of isolating cells, and Michigan eLab’s investment of $150,000 will be used to make our technology more effective for cancer research. “While traditionally it can take two or three days to grow enough target cells in a culture to …

Cell Isolation Technology Demonstration at We Make Health Fest

August 2014

We demonstrated Akadeum’s cell isolation and sorting technology at the We Make Health Fest on August 16, 2014. The fest, hosted by the University of Michigan, focused on the connection between health and technology. Our presentation emphasized how Akadeum’s microbubble technology can be used to purify cell samples and test food for pathogens quickly and at a low cost. Thank you to everyone who attended We Make Health.