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Monthly Newsletter – March 2021

Friends and Colleagues,
 

As we close out the first quarter of 2021, our portfolio companies continue to hit major milestones and drive market awareness with new product launches, high-profile additions to Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees, award wins, and more. Several members of the Anzu Partners family have also been working hard with the announcement of Anzu Special Acquisition Corp I. You can find more details and photos on the virtual Closing Bell ringing ceremony that took place earlier this month!  

Here’s a quick preview of the highlights from the past several weeks:

  • Liquid Instruments launched a groundbreaking new product, Moku:Go, to help science and engineering students push past the traditional boundaries of teaching labs and classrooms.
  • Niron Magnetics and 6K expanded their Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards with high-profile leaders across government, technology and industry.
  • InterVenn was recognized as the 2021 Most Innovative Company for Diagnostics and Beyond by Buzz of BIO. 
  • Several portfolio companies announced key developments with strategic business programs and partnerships including BioSkrybImmunoScape and Aspinity.
  • Anzu brought on several new team members across investment and operations.
  • Anzu Partners sponsored a SPAC focused on identifying high-quality businesses with transformative technologies for industrial applications. Managing Partner Whitney Haring-Smith, along with other members of the Anzu SPAC team virtually rang the Nasdaq Closing Bell earlier this month.

Thank you for your continued support and we’ll see you in Q2.

Sincerely,
David Michael, David Seldin, and Whitney Haring-Smith

PORTFOLIO COMPANY UPDATES


Liquid Instruments Introduces Moku:Go – The Robust Lab Education Solution for the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers 

Liquid Instruments, an innovator in precision software-defined instrumentation, launched Moku:Go, a complete, portable platform designed to bring the engineering lab anywhere and usher in a new era of scientific and engineering education at universities around the world. Within higher education, current in-person lab instrumentation is stationary, expensive, hardware-limited and fixed at the time of purchase. Existing portable solutions lack the intuitive software interfaces that current and future generations of students have come to expect.
 
Colonel Brian J. Neff, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Head at the United States Air Force Academy, says, “Our students were thrilled when we first added Moku:Lab to our classroom two years ago, and after seeing the new capabilities of Moku:Go, I’m even more excited. It is clear that it will help take students’ educational experience into the modern era.”

For more information on Moku:Go, read the press release here.

Former US Congressman Joe Kennedy III Advocates for a Greener Future as he Joins 6K’s Board of Directors

6K, a rising star in the production of sustainable advanced materials, announced that former Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III has joined its Board of Directors. As a representative in the United States, Congress Kennedy has been a long-time supporter of climate action, clean energy development, and local manufacturing. 6K’s technology promises to revolutionize how advanced materials are produced, offering a tangible representation of the clean energy technology Kennedy pushed for during his tenure as a US Congressman, and can now drive forward as a member of 6K’s Board.

Kennedy states, “Today, there are virtually zero battery materials being produced in the United States costing the country good jobs and tremendous economic opportunity. 6K has huge potential to change this dynamic, enabling us to bring cost-effective and environmentally-friendly battery material production to US soil.”

Click here to read the full press release. 
          

Niron Magnetics Expands its Board of Directors and Advisor Network Ahead of Commercialization Efforts for Rare-Earth Free Magnets

Niron Magnetics, the company manufacturing the world’s first rare-earth free, high performance magnets, announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors, along with three executive advisors to support the firm’s rapid expansion.

These high-profile, experienced leaders have joined Niron to help the company commercialize its Clean Earth Magnet™ technology, as demand for magnets and rare earth alternatives soar. The growth in electric vehicle (EV) motor and wind turbine production are key demand drivers for magnets. Such applications are typically reliant solely on rare earth permanent magnets, which carry supply risks and are environmentally damaging. Niron’s technology offers a more cost-efficient and sustainable option to produce permanent magnets without rare earth materials and enable the long-term growth of a sustainable economy.

The new members of the Niron Board of Directors include:
Steve Bullock, former Governor of Montana and former chairman of the National Governors Association (NGA)

 
 
Larry Burns, Ph.Dformer Corporate Vice President of Research & Development and Strategic Planning at GM
 
 
The new executive advisors include:
  • Vice Admiral (Ret.) David Buss, retired Vice Admiral of the United States Navy and former Commander, Naval Air Forces
  •  
 
Dr. Ga-Lane Chen, Ph.D., CTO and Chief Investment Officer of Foxconn

 

 
Rick Wagoner, former President and CEO of General Motors
 



Click here to read the full press release.

 

InterVenn wins the Buzz of BIO as the 2021 Most Innovative Company in Diagnostics and Beyond

InterVenn, a proprietary glycoproteomic biomarker interrogation platform, has been recognized by Buzz of BIO as the 2021 Most Innovative Company for the Diagnostics and Beyond category. This award is given to companies with groundbreaking technologies that have the potential for improving lives. The Diagnostics and Beyond category is specifically for companies primarily focused on medical diagnostics, drug delivery, drug development tools, or digital health technologies. 
 
To learn more about the award, click here.

BioSkryb Announces the Winners of Its Grant Program to Aid Research Using Primary Template-directed Amplification Technology

Earlier this month, at the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) 2021 General Meeting held virtually, BioSkryb, Inc., a developer of genomic amplification technologies, announced the winners of a research grant program sponsored by the company. The grant program was created to accelerate innovation of single-cell genomic studies using the primary template-directed amplification (PTA) technology developed by BioSkryb and now commercially available as ResolveDNA™.

‘The recipients of the BioSkryb research grants are:

  • Dr. Joseph Gleeson, Rady Professor, UCSD Department of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego and Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine

 
  • Dr. Shao-bin Wang, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Virginia School of Medicine and UVA’s Center for Advanced Vision Science
 
 

Click here to read the full press release for details on the grant program winners. 

 
 
ImmunoScape and Valo Therapeutics Collaboration Identifies Immunogenic Peptides to Develop Pan Coronavirus vaccine

Valo Therapeutics Limited (Valo Tx), the developer of novel and adaptable immunotherapy platforms for cancer and infectious diseases, announced the completion of a successful collaboration with ImmunoScape to identify immunogenic peptides for the development of a pan Coronavirus vaccine. ImmunoScape has an immunomics-based technology platform that provides unprecedented insights into the human immune system. 

The analysis has been performed directly on blood cells from COVID-19 convalescent patients with different clinical outcomes and has allowed the identification of specific CD8+ T-cell responses relevant to Sars-CoV-2. 

For the full details on the study, please see the press release here.


Aspinity Joins STMicroelectronics Partner Program to Deliver Complete AnalogML Solutions for Always-on Edge Processing

Earlier this month, Aspinity, a pioneer in analog machine learning, joined the ST Partner Program to accelerate the integration of Aspinity’s ultra-low-power analog machine learning (analogML™) core with STMicroelectronics’ high-performance microcontrollers (MCUs) into small, power-constrained always-on sensing devices.

The collaboration between Aspinity and STMicroelectronics enables customers to rapidly adopt analogML to bridge the gap more efficiently between the analog physical world and the digital processing world. The companies achieve this by focusing data digitization and higher-order analysis only on important data.  
 
To learn more about the partner program, please see the press release here.
WELCOME TO ANZU
This past month, we were proud to welcome a few new Anzu team members:

Cherish Reynolds, Senior Corporate Paralegal

Cherish Reynolds is a Senior Corporate Paralegal at Anzu Partners. She brings over ten years of corporate governance and legal experience where she supported high-volume Corporate & Securities and M&A practice groups at both international and regional firms. She has also held in-house roles supporting Legal, Finance, C-Suite, and Board at international publicly-traded companies. Cherish has a BA in English and Political Science from University of Memphis.

Alyssa Wagner, Executive Assistant

Alyssa Wagner joins Anzu Partners as an Executive Assistant, supporting our Principals and Partners, and adding significant experience to the EA team's efforts to systematize support functions in a highly scalable manner. Alyssa has 5 years of progressive EA experience at McKinsey & Company, and has also worked in an operational capacity at Deloitte and the Artemis Partnership. Alyssa has a BS from the University of South Florida.

ANZU HIGHLIGHTS

Anzu SPAC Team Rings Nasdaq Closing Bell

March 18, 2021 was a big day for the Anzu SPAC team as they rang the Nasdaq Closing Bell! Anzu Managing Partner Whitney Haring-Smith also shared his excitement for the future as the CEO and Director of Anzu Special Acquisition Corp I in his opening remarks for the ceremony. 

Anzu Special Acquisition Corp I Announces Pricing of Upsized $420M Initial Public Offering

Anzu Partners has sponsored a SPAC focused on identifying high-quality businesses with transformative technologies for industrial applications - Anzu Special Acquisition Corp I (NASDAQ: ANZU.U). At the beginning of the month, they announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 42,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit. 

Click here to read the press release for the details.
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