A Leicestershire founded nanotechnology startup has raised £180k from private investors and the UK’s leading early-stage investor SFC Capital.

Figura Analytics has developed technology that enables them to recognise any particle suspended in solution, which has a number of uses in drinks manufacturing – from analysing flavours and filters, through to replacing traditional microbiological tests.

The company was created in January 2021 as a Loughborough University spinout after years of research.

CEO Nick Whitehurst said:

“We are delighted to welcome SFC and our new private investors to Figura Analytics. We have had great initial feedback from the drinks industry to a completely new way for them to rapidly analyse their products and ingredients, and we look forward to building our business as we further develop our technology platform and manufacturing capability.”

Professor Claudia Eberlein, Loughborough University’s Dean of Science and Enterprise lead commented:

“I’m delighted that research ideas of our Chemistry academics have been commercialised with the support of the University and Innovate UK and our valued partner, The MTC. The seed funding will accelerate the impact potential of this exciting new platform technology and I look forward to hearing of their continued success as they grow from their base in the incubator, LU Inc. on LUSEP, the University’s Science and Enterprise Park.”

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