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Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Invests in Three More Michigan Start-Ups
Date:12/11/2008

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Three more Michigan start-up companies recently received investment commitments through the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund: Arbor Photonics, Armune Bioscience and Aursos. To date, 28 Michigan companies have received a combined $6 million in critical seed funding through the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, a collaborative effort of Michigan's 12 SmartZones.

"The Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund has had consistent deal flow since its inception last year, highlighting the need for start-up funding in the state," said Skip Simms, Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund administrator. "Michigan's start-up economy is thriving and the Pre-Seed Capital Fund is an important catalyst in the success of the businesses choosing to call our state home. More than $6 million has been invested in Michigan's economic future through the Pre-Seed Fund."

Recent funding recipients are:

-- Arbor Photonics, sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK, received $250,000. Arbor Photonics is developing a 3C optical fiber laser for the manufacturing sector, based on technology developed at the University of Michigan.

-- Armune Bioscience, sponsored by the Kalamazoo SmartZone, received $200,000. Armune's prostate cancer diagnostic test and prognostic test make significant advancements from current diagnostic and prognostic tests available on the market today. Armune is also developing a lung cancer diagnostic test and a lung cancer prognostic test.

-- Aursos, sponsored by the Kalamazoo SmartZone, received $200,000. Aursos specializes in parathyroid hormone (PTH) treatments for osteoporosis that increase bone formation and decrease bone degradation.

To date, 25 additional seed-stage companies have received funding through the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund. Fund recipients are:

    -- XG Sciences, Inc., Lansing
    -- Phrixus Pharmaceut
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