Apitope was set up with initial funding from the Richard Daniels Family and subsequently support from the Wellcome Trust, Sulis Seedcorn Fund (now Wyvern) and the University of Bristol.

In 2008, it raised EUR 10 million from LRM, Vesalius Biocapital, Vinnoff and UHasselt. Additional funding was provided by Fast Forward LLC, an organization founded by the National MS Society, to accelerate promising research discoveries into the development pipeline.


Vesalius Biocapital Partners invests in companies active in human health through venture capital funds raised since 2007. With over € 120 million under management in two funds, Vesalius Biocapital Partners plays the role of lead investor in the large majority of its financing rounds.


As an impact driven Investment Company, LRM is the catalyst for the transition of Limburg’s “production economy” towards an innovative and technological economy. With its uniquely intertwined offer of venture capital and infrastructure, LRM contributes to the transition of the economic DNA of Limburg.

Fast Forward

As an important part of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s research infrastructure, investments through Fast Forward continue to propel progress in significant ways. The Society will continue to boldly close the gap between promising discoveries and the commercial development necessary to get new treatments to people with MS.

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. They support the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. Their breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health.


PMV nv is an independent investment company. PMV collaborates with private partners via funds and public-private partnerships. Particular emphasis is placed on sustainable energy, biotech, cleantech, life sciences and infrastructure for the future. PMV manages a portfolio of EUR 900 million in assets. PMV also undertakes commissions on behalf of the Flemish Region.

Universiteit Hasselt

Hasselt University is an independent innovative university which is regionally anchored and has a pronounced international orientation. The university stands for excellence in education, top research in spearhead fields and active engagement in innovation and entrepreneurship. The overall objective is to combine academic excellence with economic and social relevance.

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is renowned for its learning, discovery and enterprise. International collaboration is key to realising our institutional mission to pursue and share knowledge and understanding; both for their own sake and to help individuals and society fulfil their potential.


Wyvern is independent from, but closely allied with, its university partner’s, the university of Bristol and Southampton university and has preferred access to investment opportunities originating from this technology cluster. The fund is prepared to invest from the creation of a company and will invest additional capital to fund its future growth. We encourage other investors to join us at all stages and build syndicates with “deep pockets” to provide the necessary capital to build significant businesses.