Life Magnetics

Next-Gen RNA Solutions: Leveraging Graphene for a Healthier World

Last Funded January 2024


raised from 319 investors
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RNA is the future of medicine. The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are just the beginning
Partnership leading to profitability in 2024 performing livestock surveillance testing
Licensing offers from pharmaceutical companies to use the product for mRNA therapeutic delivery
$1.6 Million raised to date - $300K soft circled for this second round (reg D)

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I have been convinced for a long time that RNA is the future of medicine and biotechnology. During my semiconductor-focused PhD, I became captivated by the potential of graphene's interaction with nucleic acids and decided to develop a method to harness this interaction. Motivated by this potential, I founded Life Magnetics, which later led to an NSF-funded breakthrough and the creation of a market-ready graphene nanoparticle enabling RNA stabilization.

Graphene Nanoparticles to Extract, Protect and Deliver RNA

The inherent fragility of RNA has long presented an obstacle for the advancement of healthcare and biotechnology.

This vulnerability was evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, where stringent cold storage requirements complicated the distribution process, resulting in logistical challenges. It's also why you had to go to a testing center for a PCR test.

These challenges extend beyond mere inconveniences; they actively impede our capacity to respond swiftly to public health crises.

Life Magnetics has developed a novel graphene composition formed at high temperatures through laser plasma, which can isolate and stabilize RNA better than anything currently on the market.

Our C-prep RNA Kit is currently available to researchers.

We are now expanding into human therapeutics and livestock diagnostics. RNA drugs have a massive market potential ($320B Market), but it will take years to generate significant revenue in this field due to the lengthy drug development and FDA approval process.

In the meantime, the company plans to become profitable in 2024 through sales in livestock diagnostic testing. We have enthusiastic partners eager to use the technology for the surveillance of diseases in dairy cattle, which has been a growing problem in recent years due to the loss of genetic diversity. We see enormous opportunities within livestock testing in cattle and beyond.

Therapeutic Delivery

RNA drugs are transforming medicine, offering a level of precision and flexibility unmatched by traditional small-molecule drugs. Their design allows for highly specific targeting, reducing the likelihood of side effects commonly seen with small molecules that can affect multiple pathways. Moreover, RNA-based therapies have the advantage of a vast array of targets – over 870,000 regulatory RNA elements, far surpassing the limited 1,000 protein targets of small molecule drugs. 

For these reasons, RNA drugs are predicted to eclipse small-molecule drugs within 20 years.

However, delivering RNA drugs into cells efficiently and without triggering immune responses are challenges yet to be addressed.


What are the problems of RNA therapeutics that we are solving?

1) Complex Storage and Transport

RNA-based treatments, such as mRNA vaccines, degrade quickly at room temperature, requiring extremely cold storage conditions (as low as -70°C). This creates significant challenges in transportation and storage logistics. An example of this was seen with the distribution of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

2) Rapid Release and Side Effects

The quick release of RNA therapies can lead to a surge in dosage, potentially causing increased side effects. For instance, the temporary discomfort experienced by many after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine was due to a rapid, intense immune response. This is due to a sudden strong immune response and could be solved through a slow-release delivery mechanism. Also: You have to take a drug more frequently if it does not last that long.

3) Inefficiency in Entering Target Cells

Current delivery vehicles struggle with low transfection efficiency, meaning that they do not get a lot of the mRNA into the target cell.

Life Magnetics Solution

Life Magnetics, in collaboration with Esperovax and Novo Nordisk (the manufacturer of blockbuster drug Ozempic), is developing a delivery mechanism that can release a therapeutic over several days – with promising initial results.

The experiment demonstrates that Lipofectamine and LM’s C-prep both successfully enable cells to produce green fluorescent protein, as directed by the mRNA they carry. However, Lipofectamine releases mRNA rapidly, leading to a quick but short-lived expression of the protein. On the other hand, LM’s C-prep provides a steady release of mRNA that persists for over a week.

The benefits of LM’s C-prep are threefold: firstly, it may help avoid the adverse effects of the sudden surge in protein expression typical of high initial dosages. Secondly, its prolonged action could reduce the need for frequent dosing. Finally, it is also superior in terms of the efficiency at which it introduces mRNA into the cell, meaning that less of the drug can achieve more of the desired effect.

Furthermore, RNA-based therapeutics are stable for at least 25 days at room temperature when attached to our beads, simplifying logistics and minimizing spoilage. This would bring down the cost associated with RNA-based drugs, possibly reducing the price for patients. It would also make mRNA therapeutics like a vaccine easy to ship to developing countries with less advanced cooling supply chains for therapeutics, saving lives in a future pandemic.

Our carbon nanoparticle enters the cell and through the changing level in Calcium concentration, the mRNA molecules are released. These are then translated by the ribosome, which produces the corresponding protein. The protein could be anything from ... to GLP-1.
Our carbon nanoparticle enters the cell and through the changing level in Calcium concentration, the mRNA molecules are released. These are then translated by the ribosome, which produces the corresponding protein.

Esperovax, in partnership with Ford Health and Novo Nordisk, is conducting animal studies to confirm that the LM technology works as the initial tests indicate. Specifically, they will use C-prep to transport mRNA that codes for GLP-1. Novo Nordisk's GLP-1 drugs, Ozempic and Wegovy, are used to treat diabetes and (off-label) obesity and are predicted to bring in $15 Billion in revenue this year. An improved version of this drug, based on our technology, presents an attractive long-term exit potential for investors coming in during this round.

Livestock Testing

Livestock is the ideal beachhead market for us, as there is a strong need for cheap and accurate testing especially because of the large number of samples that are common in the industry. For example, our initial customer and development partner, Central Star, processes over 5 million samples annually. Furthermore, there is no FDA approval needed, which allows us to get to revenue quickly.

Over the last few years, we have used the knowledge from our therapeutics project to develop extraction methods for diagnostic testing. Before a test can be utilized in downstream applications like PCR, the DNA and RNA have to be extracted from a sample (e.g. milk or blood). LM's C-prep is not just good at stabilization but also at pulling nucleic acids from samples.

We use LM’s C-prep to streamline the testing procedure, eliminating the need for hazardous chemicals and significantly reducing labor time as well as cost. 


Livestock animals have changed drastically over the last 50 years. Selective breeding has been pushed to it’s limit. This has improved productivity but also reduced genetic diversity, which is now causing disease outbreaks to be more common and severe. 

The most costly disease in dairy farming is Mastitis, estimated to cause up to $35 Billion in industry losses annually. It mainly causes decreased milk production in cows, but some bacterial strains causing the disease are antibiotic-resistant, spread incredibly fast and can even kill a cow.

Farmers rely on good herd health information to effectively tackle the disease, but those are difficult to come by. Current testing methods are either cheap and inaccurate or expensive and accurate. This puts farmers, who are already working with extremely tight profit margins, into a difficult situation and possibly a vicious cycle of worsening herd health and falling income.

Life Magnetics Solution

The unique interactions of our graphene technology with nucleic acids allow us to improve the current milk testing protocol for mastitis significantly. We eliminate the need for dangerous and costly chemicals needed to treat the milk before an extraction, we require no heating or shaking of the sample and we can put the beads directly into the PCR, skipping a few steps at the end of the process. In Mastitis testing, for example, we can reduce testing costs by up to 50%.

We solve the problem of livestock testing by making accurate testing affordable, allowing farmers to manage diseases in their herd better - improving their bottom line and the well-being of their animals.


We have been developing and testing extraction methods for a few livestock diseases with our partner and first customer, Central Star. They are one of the largest dairy laboratories in North America, serving nearly 2000 producers with over 600,000 animals. They are currently validating our Mastitis kit in their lab. We are expecting a sale as early as Q1 '24 and we will be able to use their endorsement and validation data to approach other similar organizations.