Accelr8 Technology Corporation (Amex: AXK) announced today that an investment group formed by Jack Schuler, John Patience, and Larry Mehren will invest a total of up to $35 million in Accelr8’s common stock. The purpose is to complete the product development and market introduction of Accelr8’s BACcel™ culture-free, diagnostic system for same-shift identification and antibiotic resistance testing of bacterial and fungal pathogens.
Jack Schuler and John Patience are the principals and founders of Crabtree Partners LLC. Crabtree has been instrumental in the success of numerous companies including founding Stericycle, and leading the investment group that provided the capital for Ventana Medical Systems’ first instrument. As Chairman and Vice-Chairman for over ten years, Jack Schuler and John Patience were instrumental in the growth of both organizations, resulting in the successful sale of Ventana to Roche for $3.4B, and the growth of Stericycle’s current market capitalization to over $7.4B.
Prior to forming Crabtree, Jack Schuler was the President and COO of Abbott Laboratories. He is a principal shareholder and director of Quidel Corp. (NASDAQ: QDEL), a point of care diagnostics company, a current director of Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) and the lead director of Stericycle (NASDAQ: SRCL).
John Patience headed the worldwide healthcare consulting practice of McKinsey & Co., Inc. and was a co-founder of Marquette Venture Partners. He is a director of Stericycle and Biodesix.Larry Mehren was most recently Head of Global Business/COO of Roche Tissue Diagnostics and, immediately prior to that, CFO of Ventana Medical Systems. He is a director of Medical Referral Source, and a former investment banker. He will be named CEO of Accelr8 upon closing. “We are enthusiastic about the potential of our company and technology, and realized we needed the right partner,” says Tom Geimer, CEO of Accelr8. Tom further states that, “After a thorough and deliberate process, the board chose Crabtree due to their unique hands-on expertise in life sciences development, operations, and commercialization, as well as their unparalleled track record of creating shareholder value for the companies they invest in.”