SDS Optic #news: inPROBE as the Polish Product of the Future and launching of the Clean Room

Here, at SDS Optic the year 2022 is extremely intense. It has been 6 months, and we have already done a lot of work and preparations for clinical trials, launching Clean Room rooms and equipment for own production of inPROBE biosensor fibre optic elements, and we also took part in international conferences and industry events. SDS Optic also received a unique distinction: the title of the Polish Product of the Future. We have a fair dose of news for you from the first half of 2022.

The inPROBE micro probe as the Polish Product of the Future

In July 2022, the ceremonial gala of the XXIV edition of the Polish Product of the Future competition took place in Warsaw, in which SDS Optic S.A. won the Special Prize, and the inPROBE microprobe was awarded the title of the Polish Product of the Future. The President of the Company, Marcin Staniszewski, personally received it from Mr. Wojciech Murdzek, the former Minister of Science and Higher Education, and current Secretary of State in the ministries responsible for science.

Polish Product of the Future is an annual competition organized by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Development and the Minister of Science and Higher Education. Since 2018, the competition has been co-organised by the National Centre for Research and Development.

Marcin Staniszewski i Wojciech Murdzek - Polski Produkt Przyszlosci2 Marcin Staniszewski i Wojciech Murdzek - Polski Produkt Przyszlosci3

Every single year the competition identifies the most original and modern solutions, products and technologies, which, on the one hand, are aimed at facilitating people’s daily functioning, improving the quality of life, improving health, and, on the other hand, those that contribute to changing production methods, increase process automation, production efficiency or contribute to environmental protection.

This year the competition was really fierce. There were 163 innovative projects submitted. The projects submitted for competition were evaluated by industry experts and the Competition Jury, which includes representatives of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, the Chancellery of the President of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Development and Technology, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland, the Polish Development Fund, the Industrial Development Agency, the Federation of Scientific and Technical Associations – the Supreme Technical Organization, the Warsaw University of Technology, the University of Warsaw, as well as the National Centre for Research and Development and PARP.

The award for our inPROBE technology is the merit of the entire SDS Optic S.A. team.

Completion of the second phase of implementation of the pilot production of optical fibre biosensors: preparation of the Clean Room

In the March 2022 current report, we informed about the completion of the first stage of the implementation milestone, that is the implementation of the pilot production line of optoelectronic parts of biosensors, which constitute part of inPROBE technology. At the beginning of July this year, we were proud to announce the completion of the next stage, which is the launch of a new clean room with an exceptionally high class of cleanliness, required for the production of optical microprobe elements.

SDS Optic clean room window3 SDS Optic clean room window2 SDS Optic clean room window4

The clean room at the SDS Optic S.A. headquarters has an area of approx. 72 sq m and consists of 5 rooms with a higher class of cleanliness, connected by special airlocks. Three of these rooms meet the requirements of the ISO8 standard, while the other two meet the ISO7 standard. This means that there is a very low concentration of particles constituting potential contaminants, which is significant for obtaining high quality products and their future commercialization. Technological and production facilities have passed their trials and have already been launched.

We are waiting for the delivery of the last devices and we expect that by the end of the year our line for pilot production will already be complete. See the full current report: https://sdsoptic.pl/raporty-biezace-spolki-sds-optic-s-a-espi/

SDS Optic S.A. among the most innovative medical startups in Poland

The “Top Distruptors in Healthcare 2022” report on the most innovative Polish startups was published last month. SDS Optic S.A. was included in this report. We are the sole company in the report to combine biotechnology with optoelectronics (photonics). Our inPROBE solution – a real-time fiber-optic microprobe for cancer diagnostics – is a revolution in the global cancer diagnostics market, with an estimated CAGR of 12% in the coming years, and its total value may increase to USD 8.5 billion by 2024.

Check out the full report: https://aiwzdrowiu.pl/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Raport-Top-Disruptors-in-Healthcare.pdf

Mikrosonda swiatlowodowa inPROBE - badania kliniczne

Consent to start clinical trials and registration with the clinicaltrials.gov system

In the first quarter of 2022, we have already conducted training courses for oncology surgeons in two medical centres selected to participate in Phase I clinical trials (safety study) of the inPROBE microprobe in the diagnosis of HER2-positive breast cancer.

In the course of the training, we received feedback in form of proposals for improving the research process. We decided that the feedback received from doctors is valuable from the point of view of the target commercialization of our solution. We included these suggestions in the clinical documentation for the trial. With reliability and accuracy of reporting in mind on 7 April 2022, we notified the URPL about these significant changes.

On the basis of the submitted application, the President of URPL decided to issue an updated authorisation, thus accepting all significant changes in the clinical trial requested by the Company, including a new version of the clinical trial protocol with the required attachments.

Receiving the above consent allows us to immediately proceed to the planned initiating visits in the two contracted clinical centres in Lublin and Krakow in order to commence Phase I clinical trials on patients as soon as possible, which will depend on the schedule of planned surgeries in the above-mentioned centres.

inPROBE Fiber Microprobe – Clinical Trials

At the same time, information about inPROBE clinical trials was officially published in the renowned ClinicalTrials.gov database.

ClinicalTrials.gov (CT.gov) is a public clinical trial registry for which data is provided by the United States National Medical Library, the world’s largest medical library run by the United States federal government. The database shall provide easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical trials covering a wide range of diseases and conditions. It contains all the most important clinical trials from around the world.

Our record can be found at: https://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT05415943

inPROBE at international industry events: BIO2022 in San Diego, ASCO in Chicago and others

SDS Optic S.A. is well aware of the significance of appropriate promotion of such an innovative solution already at this stage of project development. Our objective is to reach the largest possible group of recipients interested in our technology. That is why we are continuously active in the international biotechnology arena. We are constantly expanding our network of business and scientific contacts.

After the international Arab Health Fair, that we took part in at the beginning of the year, it is now the turn for the next events that we want to mention.

BIO International Convention 2022 in San Diego (USA)
The European Innovation Council (a body of the European Commission) selected SDS Optic S.A. as one of the most technologically advanced companies to represented the European Union, as part of the OTF 2.0 program, during the International BIO International Convention 2022.

inPROBE na targach BIO2022 w San Diego

From 13 to 16 June, we presented our inPROBE technology in SanDiego (USA). The BIO International Convention is one of the largest events in the United States, grouping together the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in one place.

The unique stand of SDS Optic S.A., that was prepared especially for this event, attracted many people. Our presence under the banner of the European Innovation Council and the European Commission has created many opportunities to present inPROBE to representatives of renowned institutions from around the world. We conducted dozens of B2B talks with representatives of global companies, scientific institutions, clinics and medical units. We have considerably expanded our network of contacts. The event also gave us an opportunity to promote our inPROBE technology in the United States and we used this opportunity to 100%.

ASCO in Chicago (USA)
SDS Optic S.A. also participated in the ASCO 2022 event at the beginning of June. The event brought together more than 30,000 oncologists, scientists and other health professionals. More than 200 sessions and 2,500 posters presented within 5 days of the conference presented the results of the latest research focused on diagnosing, treating and caring for cancer patients.

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In addition to a number of new and potentially changing therapeutic options, this year’s conference highlighted the need to further develop the tools used to identify patients who can benefit from modern therapies in particular way:

– Breast cancer patients with low levels of HER2 (HER2-low) expression are a separate population that can now be effectively treated with drug complexes and HER2-targeted antibodies.
– Newly identified biomarkers can be used to predict the response to therapy for bladder, colorectal, breast and other types of cancers.

Participation in the ASCO2022, an exciting forum of innovative achievements, has confirmed our belief that in the near future, advanced diagnostic and monitoring solutions, such as the inPROBE fibre optic micro probe, will become one of the crucial elements of the cancer treatment process.

Other industry events:

BIO2022 and ASCO 2022 in the United States were not the only events we participated in. Spring and summer at SDS Optic were also associated with our presence at:

  • ESMO 2022 in Berlin
  • 8’th LSX World Congress in London
  • EU-Startups Summit 2022 in Barcelona
  • WallStreet26 Conference

The first half of 2022 is behind us, but there are still many exceptional events and successes ahead. If you want to know what is currently happening in our Company, you need to follow our social media channels.

Summary of 2021 at SDS Optic Inc.
and the announcement of the next milestones in 2022

SDS Optic Inc., a company developing the proprietary inPROBE technology platform for real-time medical diagnosis of cancer, infectious, viral, bacterial and fungal diseases, has published its annual report for 2021. The past months have been accompanied by many milestone events for the development of the company and its product.

Summary of 2021 at SDS Optic Inc.

Marcin Staniszewski - zdjęcieIn 2021, the Company carried out toxicological tests on animals, registered a patent for its technology, and successfully acquired PLN 11 million in the pre-IPO offer and began the process of entering the NewConnect market. The debut of the Company took place in March this year. At the same time, SDS Optic has been intensively preparing for the start of clinical trials of its HER2 positive breast cancer device and has completed the first milestone on the way to launching its own pilot production of inPROBE fibre optic biosensors.

In 2021, we implemented many milestones that were of importance for the further development of our Company and we are very satisfied with the pace we have achieved. In order to point out the most important events for us, it is necessary to mention the commencement of preparations for clinical trials despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the selection of the first two clinical centres that will participate in the first stage of the research. The last round of financing marked a very important event for the Company, as we were able to attract renowned investors, and this was followed by the beginning of preparations for the debut on the NewConnect market. Finally, I would like to mention the conduct and positive completion of toxicological tests of inPROBE microprobe in a certified animal testing centresays Marcin Staniszewski, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer of SDS Optic Inc.

– Download the 2021 annual report of SDS Optic Inc. –

Further inPROBE applications

Last year SDS Optic also worked on new applications of inPROBE technology. Our subsidiary FiBioMed LTD acquired PLN 10 million from the National Centre for Research and Development for the purposes of R&D in the field of diagnostics of infectious, viral, bacterial and fungal diseases. One of the first new research areas will be the diagnosis of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Adaptation of biosensor will allow for simultaneous analysis of 96 samples (a panel of optical fibre microprobes), which in turn will allow the creation of a mobile, high-pass diagnostic device opening the possibility of safe testing of samples in real time and in large clusters of people, including in large cities, office buildings, workplaces or schools. There will also be the option of adapting the device to the analysis of other pathogens and diagnostic markers, including in the field of sepsis markers.

The FiBioMed team actively works on new fields of application for our inPROBE biosensor. Till now we managed to adjust the design of the probe in technological dimension, manufacture its crucial components, and also the biological components that are indispensable in the diagnostic process. We have the first prototypes of sensors ready. We designed and built a 3D model of the analyzer head for simultaneous handling of samples of 96 patients. We are currently working on the control software, we want the entire diagnostic process to be as automated as possible – says the President of the Company.

Summary of 2021 at SDS Optic S.A. and the announcement of milestones for 2022

Promotion of the Company on the international scene

The company was also very active in the field of promotion of its technology, participating in several major industry events such as MEDICA2021 in Dusseldorf, Life Science Open Space 2021 or the European Innovation Council Summit 21. Participation in such events allows us not only to present the product and technology to the broader market, but above all, it supports building business relations and reaching potential end customers. The potential of inPROBE technology was also noticed in Poland, where SDS Optic was included in the publication summarizing 115 of the most innovative medical entities: Top Disruptors in Healthcare 2021. It is worth noting that the partners of the report were: Google for Startups, AstraZeneca, EIT Health and PZU Zdrowie.

Financial results

SDS Optic is at the stage of confirming the effectiveness of the developed biosensor for the diagnosis of HER2-positive breast cancer, which is reflected by its 2021 financial results. Throughout 2021, The Company achieved over PLN 451 thousand in sales revenue. Other operating revenues of the Company amounted to PLN 2.66 million (compared to PLN 3.36 million in 2020) and were based mainly on subsidies acquired by the Company in previous periods. The operating costs amounted to PLN 3.97 million (PLN 3.49 million in 2020) and resulted mainly from the research and development works carried out. At the end of 2021 The Company had over PLN 8.3 million in cash, which contributed to maintaining financial stability and was related to the issues of series C and D shares carried out in the first half of the year, from which a total of PLN 11.3 million was raised. Importantly, the Company does not have any outstanding loans and credits, or debt in the form of bonds. The total fixed assets of SDS Optic at the end of 2022 amounted to about PLN 1.2 million, compared to PLN 206 thousand in the previous year.

Mateusz Sagan - zdjęcieOur model of financial activity at the current stage of the Company’s development was largely based on grants and funds acquired from capital investors. We raise funds for a specific stage of work or project and we reliably carry them out. Our vision has convinced many private and institutional investors so far, some of whom have invested in the development of SDS Optic at the earliest stages of our journey, which is already in 2013. It should be emphasized that our business model has been very well thought out and we are well prepared to achieve the subsequent milestones.

We have a very responsible cost policy, which allows us to maintain financial stability, we do not have any long-term liabilities and we receive further tranches of grant financing on an ongoing basis, which proves our ability to obtain further demanded funds. One of the objectives for the coming quarters is to build the value of the Company’s assets, including fixed assets, and to carry out further stages of R&D work. Our overarching goal is to commercialize the first use of inPROBE, which will allow the Company to generate the first significant amounts of revenue in the coming yearssays Mateusz Sagan, Chief Business Officer, SVP at SDS Optic Inc.

On the eve of inPROBE clinical trials

Since the beginning of 2022, the SDS Optic team has been intensively preparing for the commencement of Phase I clinical trials of the inPROBE microprobe. In the first quarter, training was conducted in carefully selected and contracted clinical centres for physicians and medical staff, who will participate in the research. This gave them the opportunity to submit their proposals for testing procedures. The company openly accepted these reports and, in consultation with a professional CRO advisor, who coordinates the research process, decided to update the necessary documentation at the Office for Registration of Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Biocidal Products (URPL). Organizational procedures were also been developed and tested to assist in the smooth implementation of the research.

Magdalena Staniszewska_zdjecie do artykuluWe will be the first in the world to detect and measure the concentration of the HER2 tumour biomarker in the tumour area without simultaneously acquiring the affected tissue from the tumour (biopsy). In clinical trials, we expect confirmation of information obtained in animal models, and the acquired knowledge will be of great importance for the further development of our inPROBE technology and the possibility of its accurate calibration against traditional methods of histopathological diagnosis – the IHC or FISH methods. We currently await the update of the consent to conduct the trial that we first received at the end of 2021. We decided to introduce and report changes to the research procedure to make it even more reliable and provide the greatest possible value in the process of development of the entire technology. We also have the final report in mind, which will be created after the end of this and the subsequent phase of research and which will be important evidence for the introduction of our solution to the wider market. We are also thinking about the process of its commercialization, we are already taking care that the commercial, clinical and regulatory values of our technological documentation are as high as possibleexplains Magdalena Staniszewska PhD, DSc – co-author of the technology and Chief Science Officer of SDS Optic Inc.

The budget for both phases of the clinical trial was secured by the Company from the funds obtained under the SME Instrument Horizon2020 program. The value of the current financial expenditures related to the development of inPROBE technology amounted to approx. PLN 43 million, of which approx. PLN 7 million will be allocated to clinical trials on patients. These funds were acquired, among others, from the SME Instrument Horizon2020 programme run by the European Commission, the National Centre for Research and Development and from our capital investors.

SDS Optic Inc. has developed an innovative and globally unique inPROBE fibre optic micro-probe. It is a biosensor with a high level of sensitivity and specificity, allowing for biological measurement of the concentration of a specific biomarker or a dedicated compound in the patient’s body (in vivo test), eliminating the need to collect tissue (perform biopsy). The basic field of application, the development and commercialization of which the Company is currently focusing on, is diagnostics, as well as targeted treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer markers. SDS Optic technology could be an alternative or complementary diagnostic method for the more time-consuming and invasive traditional biopsy.

Market reports indicate that the average annual growth rate of the global market for HER2 molecular diagnostics in 2019-2025 will be 12%, increasing the value of this market to over USD 6.4 billion in 2025. In 2019, more than 7.5 million tests were performed in the area of HER2 molecular diagnostics of a total value of more than USD 4.1 billion.

Announcement of the implementation of the subsequent milestones of SDS Optic Inc.

The second half and the end of 2022 will keep our Company equally busy. SDS Optic is completing preparations for clinical trials divided into phase I (safety) and phase II (validation), and at the end of the year it intends to launch the upcoming pilot production line of its biosensors. At the same time, the Company initiated its search for a specialized advisor in the future process of commercializing the biosensor for diagnosis in HER2-positive breast cancer and is preparing to launch its branch together with a research and development centre in the United States.

Stay tuned!

SDS Optic #news: next milestones and inPROBE development

The first quarter of 2022 is already behind us. As we announced during our debut on the NewConnect market, this year is rich in many important events. We are consistently pursuing all of the Company’s objectives and are pleased to announce the achievement of the subsequent milestones of the inPROBE project – an optical fibre micoprobe for the diagnosis of HER2 positive breast cancer. What exactly happened in our Company?

Achieving the milestone in the field of implementation of the pilot production of fibre optic biosensors

Shortly after the debut of SDS Optic on the NewConnect market, in the ESPI system we published a current report on the completion of the first stage of milestone realisation in the field of implementation of pilot production of optoelectronic parts of optical fiber biosensors for use in inPROBE microprobes.

This stage consisted of: the design process, ordering and purchasing of dedicated personalized fixed assets (production equipment and machines) worth PLN 2.4 million in total. To achieve this goal, our Company obtained funds from the issue of D-series shares and the purchase of which is indicated in the Information Document, as one of the key objectives to be achieved after the Company’s shares were listed at the NewConnect market.

This constitutes a huge step towards achieving manufacturing independence in the production and preparation of the optoelectronic (photonic) parts of optical fibre biosensor (microprobe).

The creation of a professional production line together with the expansion of the R&D team in the area of photonics will enable us to manufacture up to 50 thousand proprietary biosensors per year.

As part of the implementation of the next stages, we plan to:
– start-up and calibrate production processes,
– hire new members for our R&D team,
– carry out the process of validation and certification of the planned production.
– elaborate certified process and production documentation.

Full ESPI report (PL): https://sdsoptic.pl/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/4_2022_Raport-biezacy-ESPI_SDS-Optic_www.pdf

SDS Optic Inc. as one of the 20 most innovative companies in the European Union will represent the European Pavilion at the BIO 2022 conference in San Diego, USA

At the end of March, we received information that our Company was included in the 20 most technologically advanced companies in the European Union. SDS Optic Inc. and the rest of the selected companies will represent the EU in a special pavilion at the BIO 2022, the largest event of this type in the USA. The conference brings together the most important players in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

SDS Optic na BIO2022 w San Diego

From 13 to 16 June, during the conference, we plan an intensive exchange of knowledge with specialists from the BioTech and Pharma industries. This time will definitely also be filled by networking with potential future partners. We believe that our technology can significantly improve the quality of services and products in many sectors related to medicine. We want to strongly promote our inPROBE technology in terms of drug delivery monitoring in real time. The BIO 2022 event is a great opportunity to do so. The conference abounds in numerous interesting lectures and lectures that not only allow us to keep track of the latest information from the world of medicine and pharmacology, but also significantly increase our levels of creativity.

The first investor chat at SDS Optic Inc.

On 12 April, the first investor chat of SDS Optic Inc. took place. Our Leadership Team talked about the most important and interesting events in the life of the Company.

The Company was represented by:
🔹Marcin Staniszewski, Chairman of the Board, Founder and Shareholder
🔹Magdalena Staniszewska, Director of Research and Development, Founder and Shareholder
🔹Mateusz Sagan, Chief Operating and Business Development Officer and Shareholder.

Investors could first-hand receive up-to-date information about our inPROBE fibre microprobe for less-invasive diagnosis of cancer, infectious and fungal diseases, and real-time drug delivery monitoring.

The webinar present:
🔹What is our development strategy
🔹What is the process of cancer diagnosis today and…
🔹 how the inPROBE microprobe will change that process in the future
🔹What business model related to commercialization is implemented by the Company
🔹What targets and plans have been adopted at SDS Optic for the next 12 months

During the webinar we also:
🔹Present the principles of inPROBE technology
🔹Present our industrial property rights policy
🔹Present the Company’s current technical infrastructure
🔹Tell you how the development process of the production facilities will look like

Watch the webinar recording ⤵️


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Signing an annex to the grant agreement under the SME Instrument Horizon2020

Since our debut on the NewConnect market, we also signed an annex to the agreement with the European Commission regarding the Company’s acquisition of a grant in the amount of €3,985,000 from the SME Instrument Horizon2020 programme. As part of this co-financing, development works are carried out, as well as clinical research and certification of the HER2+ breast cancer diagnostic microprobe device, developed under the inPROBE brand, are financed.

The Commission thus confirmed the legitimacy of using the remaining part of the subsidy, originally granted in 2017. The remaining amount of €985,000 is still available to SDS Optic Inc. These resources will be used to carry out the clinical research undertaken, to finance the remuneration of the R&D team and the administration and management, as well as the work in the field of certification and communication and commercialisation of inPROBE technology.

The annex was concluded in order to coordinate the schedule of the project implemented under the SME Instrument Horizon2020 programme with the work schedule of SDS Optic Inc.

Full ESPI report (PL): https://sdsoptic.pl/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/4_2022_Raport-biezacy-ESPI_SDS-Optic_www.pdf

SDS Optic won the Innovation radar Prize 2020 for the best innovation created by Women.

SDS Optic has been granted “Women-led Innovation” award at Innovation Radar Prize 2020, a prestigious achievement announced yearly by the European Commission. The  competition recognizes the best European innovation and its founder.

The award has been granted for inPROBE – a photonics-based microprobe for a quick and precise breast cancer diagnostic.

Breast cancer is one of the most common form of cancers. Every year more than 1,7mln women are diagnosed globally, with more than half a million deaths. A clear opportunity and chance for these patients is fast and reliable diagnosis,  that today is fully based on tissue biopsy and the time consuming histopathology testing.

We can change this status quo with the innovation created by Magdalena Staniszewska, PhD DSc, Co-Founder & CSO of SDS Optic Inc. The inPROBE is a disruptive diagnostics device, offering quick and precise targeted tumor markers assessment.

SDS Optic has received almost €4mln European Commission funding from the SME Instrument Horizon2020 program to run clinical trials and certification of the inPROBE.

European Healthtech Investment Forum 2020

Great news for us that we’ve been selected to present inPROBE technology at the Tech Tour Healthtech 2020 in Helsinki. The fourth edition of the European Healthtech Investment Forum 2020 will take place on 10-11 March 2020 in Helsinki, bringing together leading investors from Europe and some of the most promising Healthtech entrepreneurs of Europe and Finland. The event will concentrate on the following subsectors: Digital Health, Medical Devices & Diagnostics, Personalized Health. 40 of the best European early stage Healthtech companies will be selected to present at the event by the investors from our selection committee. The applying companies will be assessed on the basis of their business potential, product and technology merit, competitive position, investment or partnering interest, team experience and project quality. The event will once again allow entrepreneurs to meet and present themselves to active international investors and corporations seeking investment and partnerships. SDS Optic will be represent by our Chief Business Officer Mateusz Sagan.

Bootcamp at University City Science Center in Philadelphia

University City Science Center it’s a dynamic hub of innovation in Philadelphia. It has 55+ year legacy of building and delivering successful acceleration and incubation programs with a broad network of academic and research institutions. SDS Optic as only company from Poland has been invited for the newest edition of Bootcamp which is dedicated to companies interested in expanding their business operations in US. Our Business Chief Officer Mateusz Sagan spent 5 days on pitching sessions, talking about how to move and launch business in United States, legal aspects, IP exploration and protection, medtech and biotech regulatory pathway, reimbursement and patient journey. It was great opportunity to interact with Philadelphia medtech and biotech ecosystem, including bioincubators, great startups, Pennsylvania state authorities and mentoring sessions with several great local personalities.

World Forum for Medicine – Medica 2019

The world of medical technology meets there – in Dusseldorf. We’ve had the pleasure to present our technology at the World Forum for Medicine – Medica 2019.This is the world’s largest event for the medical sector. For more than 40 years it has been a firm fixture on every expert’s calendar. There are many reasons why MEDICA is so unique. Firstly, the event is the largest medical trade fair in the world – it attracted more than 5,500 exhibitors from 71 countries in 17 halls. Furthermore, each year, leading individuals from the fields of business, research, and politics grace this top-class event with their presence — naturally alongside tens of thousands of national and international experts and decision-makers from the sector. This edition was specialfor us because we’ve had opportunity to present our new and refresh stand. Whole event became succesfull. It was great opportunity to meet interesting people, talk about breakthrough technologies and gain new business contacts. Let’s see some photos.

Breast Fest 2019 the biggest event became great success

In the World Breast Cancer day, we’ve launched the biggest charity event in our company home town. Breast Fest has mobilized many habitants of Lublin City. Hundreds of women has heard about event and visited us at this day. The Breast Fest was organized for the purpose of building awareness of breast cancer among women. Our main aim was to examine as many women as possible. We’ve engaged doctors, oncologists, diagnostics and offered free breast usg examination and mammography. Finally all hours were fully booked. Whole event was organised with support of Polish Amazons Foundation. Every woman has found something for herself, in programme we had: discussion panels, free examinations, special women zone with many benefits for visitors, discounts from local clinics, psychooncologists, personal trainers and dietician advices. Breast Fest 2019 was a great success, the event has enjoyed the honorary patronage of the President of Lublin City.

SDS Optic – Startup of the Year by Newsweek Poland


Polish edition of Newsweek has awarded main prize to SDS Optic. We’ve been choosen as Startup of The Year and considerd most innovative and promising company.
SDS Optic has been picked up by a jury of leading investors and startup experts. We are so proud because there has been a lot of competition. Winning the Newsweek award gave us the extra boost that contributed to our fantastic growth over the past 12 months – says Mateusz Sagan, Supervisory Board Member, who has represented us at grand final in Warsaw.

SDS Optic chosen to take part in Euronext Programme

We are happy and thrilled to announce that we have been chosen, as the only company from Poland, to participate in the executive Pre-IPO 5th edition of Euronext #TechShare Class 2019-2020. Mateusz Sagan, SDS Optic Chief Business Officer and Supervisory Board Member, will take part in 2 academic seminars in Rotterdam and Lisbon as well in 4 workshop sessions in Berlin moderated by Euronext and key institutional partners, incl. investment bankers, legal advisers and auditors.

#TechShare, launched in September 2015, is the only European programme dedicated to tech companies focused on the future IPO. With annual cohorts of fast‐growing European tech companies, the programme is an educational network designed to help these high‐potential businesses understand the role of capital markets and how they can help them reach the next stage of their growth. Last year, for the first time Euronext welcomed companies from outside its domestic markets, with participants from Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The 2019-2020 class has a broad diversity with participants from across Europe: 13 from Belgium, 35 from France, 23 from Germany, 6 from Ireland, 12 from Italy, 12 from the Netherlands, 7 from Portugal, 12 from Spain, 12 from Switzerland and exclusively one from Poland.

The 132 tech companies participating have convened at Rotterdam’s Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship on 20 and 21 September for an academic campus on capital markets and TechShare 2019/2020 Class Kick-Off.Over the course of two days, top executives from companies in the life sciences, cleantech and TMT industries across Europe have been working with professors from the Rotterdam School of Management under the form of expert sessions and group workshops. Topics covered included the entrepreneurial mindset, leading growth, scaling beyong borders, attracting talents and managing ownership.

In addition, founder stories from Onno van de Stolpe, CEO of Galapagos and Brent Wissink, CFO of Takeaway.com have related their experience of the IPO process and how they used capital markets to grow their business internationally.

The eight-month training, from September 2019 to April 2020, is structured around three main complementary modules, before graduating from the programme in May 2020:
• Two academic campuses with leading business schools, Rotterdam School of Management and Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon next March 2020;
• Four workshop sessions in each country with expert partners about the IPO process, the legal perspective, IPO valuation, equity story, financial communication, corporate governance and postlisting life;
• Individual coaching with audit firms, lawyers and communications/investor relations specialists providing customised advice on a more bilateral basis.

“Taking part in the #TechShare Pre-IPO Programme is a key milestone for us at SDS Optic to learn all key aspects of becoming public company and bulding value to our shareholders. Based on key takeaways from the programme we will be able to prepare a long term IPO strategy and detailed action plan. The kickoff at Rotterdam’s Schoold of Management has been a great networking event, mindsetting experience and keynotes from CEO of Galapagos and CFO of Takeaway.com have been tremendous” – says Mateusz Sagan, Supervisory Board Member and participant in the programme.

Euronext Press Release can be found at the following link, as well as profiles of all participating companies:
https://www.euronext.com/en/about/media/euronext-press-releases/fifth-edition-techshare