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February 27, 2023

Watertown bioscience firm acquires British testing company with Milford office

A view of Sense Biodetection's office in Milford, which is located on Route 85. . Photo | Courtesy of Google Sense Biodetection's office in Milford.

Sense Biodetection, a COVID-19 testing firm with a facility in Milford, has been acquired by Watertown-based Sherlock Biosciences, a diagnostic testing company that has raised $111 million, including from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The financial terms of the acquisition, which was announced Feb. 1, were not disclosed. 

Sense is headquartered in Oxford, England. It launched its first product, a COVID-19 test called Veros COVID-19. It is being sold in Europe and South America. Sense is developing more tests for infectious diseases. The company was founded in 2014 by brothers Ralph and Harry Lamble.

Sherlock is a biotech company that is developing diagnostic tests. It was founded in 2019 and came out of the Cambridge-based Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. In November, the company received a $6-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance its rapid, instrument-free molecular diagnostic testing platform.

In March 2022, Sherlock announced it received $80 million in a Series B financing. The round was led by Hampton, New Hampshire-based Novalis LifeSciences LLC. Sherlock raised $111 million in total funding after the Series B round.

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