ArtusLabs Closes $2.6 Million in Series A Funding

Durham, NC – ArtusLabs, a leading provider of life science software tools and data management solutions, today announced that the company has closed a $2.6 million round of venture financing. The Series A round was led by Hatteras Venture Partners and Southern Capitol Ventures.

ArtusLabs was founded by the award-winning management team that built Sythematix, the software solutions company that pioneered the Enterprise Electronic Lab Notebook marketplace and was eventually acquired by Symyx Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMMX) in 2005.

“We are thrilled to partner with Robin Smith and Brian Ballard to build the next generation research informatics company,” said Clay B. Thorp, General Partner, Hatteras Venture Partners. “Robin and Brian have assembled the same world-class team that we built with Synthematix. ArtusLabs is demonstrating the ability to generate rapid value by focusing this proven team of people on this tremendous pain-point in research informatics.”

ArtusLabs’s technology platform, Ensemble, has the potential to significantly reduce the research and development time a pharmaceutical or biotech organization spends discovering and developing novel therapeutic compounds. The company will use the funding round to invest and expand its technology platforms breadth of service, expand ArtusLabs marketing efforts and to fund new product development initiatives.

“A competitive marketplace has put intense pressure on life science companies to better streamline costs and increase operating efficiencies,” said David Jones, a principal at Southern Capitol Ventures. “ArtusLabs has developed software solutions with the latest Web 2.0 technologies that directly address these challenges. The company’s innovative technologies and outstanding management team makes it a very attractive addition to our portfolio.”

“We are all very excited to be working again with this group of investors,” said Robin Y Smith, CEO of ArtusLabs. “There is a growing pain-point in the life science industry when it comes to software solutions. From outdated platforms to obtuse licensing schemes, ArtusLabs was created to reinvent the way a life science enterprise uses its organizational data assets.”

About ArtusLabs

ArtusLabs is a technology company which is delivering scientific data management software and services designed to enhance workplace collaboration and accelerate the rate of drug discovery. ArtusLabs was founded by the same proven team that formed Synthematix, the start-up that pioneered the Enterprise Electronic Lab Notebook marketplace. This leadership team has extensive expertise in processing, mining and managing complex scientific data and information generated from research activities. The company’s flagship product, Ensemble for Life Science, is a unique software solution for organizing data. It blends social networking, personal publication, and refined data mining to both internal and external research communication and management. For more information visit www.artuslabs.com.