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Syncona Limited

11 November 2021

11 November 2021

Syncona Limited

Interim Results for the six months ended 30 September 2021

Continued focus on hands-on engagement with a maturing portfolio with key milestones ahead

Key highlights

-- Net assets of GBP1,152.8 million (31 March 2021: GBP1,300.3 million), or 171.7p ([1]) per share (31 March 2021: 193.8p per share), a NAV total return of (11.4) per cent ([2]) driven predominantly by the decline in share prices of two of our listed holdings, Freeline Therapeutics (Freeline) and Achilles Therapeutics (Achilles):

o Freeline experienced operational challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; these have now been addressed and the business re-initiated its clinical studies

o Achilles' share price has been impacted by market sentiment towards cell and gene therapies; Syncona's view is that the business is performing well and executing in line with its expected timelines

-- Continued operational progress across the portfolio, with decisive actions taken by a number of our portfolio companies during the period:

o Syncona CIO and Freeline Chair, Chris Hollowood closely engaged with the Freeline Board as it updated its executive leadership team

o Syncona CEO, Martin Murphy, took up the role of Chair of Autolus Therapeutics (Autolus), working with its board to ensure the company focused on the delivery of the AUTO1 (obe-cel) pivotal study

   --    Positive clinical progress across five clinical stage companies: 

o Autolus: further encouraging durability data from its lead therapeutic candidate AUTO1 for adult acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

o Gyroscope Therapeutics (Gyroscope): additional positive interim data in its Phase I/II FOCUS trial for the treatment of advanced dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

o Freeline: dosed second patient in its second clinical programme for Fabry disease and post period end announced encouraging data from the patient; enrolment begun in run-in study for its Phase I/II dose confirmation study for Haemophilia B

o Achilles: continued to make progress in ongoing Phase I/IIa studies in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and melanoma, enrolling patients in a higher dose process

o Anaveon: dosed its first patient in a Phase I/II study of ANV419, a selective interleukin-2 (IL-2) agonist with the potential to target cancer; several patients have now been dosed in the study

   --    Next generation of companies poised to enter the clinic: 

o Quell Therapeutics (Quell): continues to remain on track to enter the clinic with its lead programme in liver transplantation in Q1 CY2022

o SwanBio Therapeutics (SwanBio): commenced a natural history study evaluating patients to assess the course of adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN), post period published encouraging pre-clinical data for its lead programme and remains on track to enter the clinic in CY2022

   --    Continuing to deploy strategic capital base in line with deployment guidance: 

o GBP50.8 million deployed in the period; capital base of GBP534.9 million at 30 September 2021

o $30.0 million (GBP21.7 million ([3]) ) commitment into Clade Therapeutics (Clade), a next generation stem cell-based therapeutics business, backing a world-class operating team alongside a syndicate of long-term investors in a $87.0 million Series A financing, which was led by Syncona

-- Post period end: portfolio companies continuing to attract substantive capital from leading, long-term investors and companies; accessing $397.0 ([4]) million year to date with $30.0 million committed from Syncona

o Autolus announced a commitment of up to $250.0 million from Blackstone Life Sciences (Blackstone): investment of $100.0 million in equity and up to $150.0 million of product financing, of which $50.0 million is payable on the closing of the transaction and the remainder payable based on certain development and regulatory milestones

o Gyroscope announced an equity investment from Sanofi of up to $60.0 million: $40.0 million initial investment with $20.0 million contingent on a future qualifying investment round and subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions ([5]) ; investment validates potential of their investigational gene therapy

Martin Murphy, CEO of Syncona Investment Management Limited, said:

"Syncona has always taken a hands-on, partnership approach to supporting our companies as they progress towards key clinical, financial and operational milestones. This has been particularly important in recent months when our portfolio companies have needed to take decisive actions to address issues and adapt to specific challenges, some of which are inherent in clinical development.

Whilst we are disappointed by the decline in NAV during the period, we are continuing to build a diverse portfolio across the development cycle and therapeutic areas and remain confident in our companies' potential. The substantial capital that a number of our companies have accessed so far this year validate the significant opportunity ahead for them. With clinical data the key driver of value and risk for Syncona, we believe our companies are well positioned and on track to further validate our model and strategy in the next 12 months with the potential for a rich seam of data.

In addition to supporting our existing businesses, our expert team and strategic capital base mean we will be able to continue founding exciting companies around highly innovative science, with the potential to make a transformational difference to the lives of patients and deliver significant value for our shareholders."

Outlook

-- We continue to target building a diversified and sustainable portfolio of 15-20 companies over the long term. In doing so, we continue to expect to deploy between GBP100-175 million into our existing companies and new opportunities this year

15 key milestones by the end of CY2022

Key milestones in calendar year 2021 (CY2021)

-- Autolus to publish initial data on the AUTO1 (obe-cel) Phase 1b portion of its pivotal trial in relapsed refractory (r/r) adult ALL at the American Society of Haematology (ASH) in December 2021

-- Autolus to publish non-clinical and initial data on AUTO1/22 trial in paediatric ALL at ASH in December 2021

-- Freeline to publish long-term durability data from its Phase I/II dose-finding trial for Haemophilia B at ASH in December 2021

   --    Freeline to initiate trial site for Phase I/II dose-finding study in Gaucher disease Type 1 

Key milestones in calendar year 2022 (CY2022):

-- Autolus expects to progress its pivotal study in AUTO1 (obe-cel) r/r adult ALL and provide a data read-out from the primary endpoint of this programme in mid CY2022; on track to file BLA in CY 2023

-- Autolus expects to publish initial clinical data in AUTO4 in Peripheral T cell Lymphoma (H1 CY2022)

   --    Achilles expects to provide interim data from higher dose clinical cohorts of its clonal neoantigen-reactive T-cell (cNet) therapy in NSCLC and Melanoma (H2 CY2022) 
   --    Gyroscope expects to report further data from its Phase I/II FOCUS trial 
   --    Freeline expects to progress three clinical stage programmes: 

o Initiate clinical trial sites for Phase I/II dose-confirmation study in Haemophilia B in Q1 CY2022, with interim data expected by the end of the year

o Dose next patient in Phase I/II Fabry trial in Q1 CY2022 and publish interim data from the programme by the end of the year

o Publish interim data from the Phase I/II Gaucher Type 1 disease programme

-- Anaveon expects to publish initial data from the Phase I/II trial for its selective IL-2 agonist, ANV419 (Q1 CY2022); additional data published later in CY2022

   --    SwanBio expects to enter the clinic with its lead programme by end of the year 

-- Quell Therapeutics (Quell) expects to enter the clinic with its lead programme in liver transplantation, QEL-001 (Q1 CY2022)

Enquiries

Syncona Ltd

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About Syncona:

Syncona's purpose is to invest to extend and enhance human life. We do this by founding and building a portfolio of global leaders in life science to deliver transformational treatments to patients in areas of high unmet need.

Our strategy is to found, build and fund companies around exceptional science to create a diversified portfolio of 15-20 globally leading healthcare businesses for the benefit of all our stakeholders. We focus on developing treatments for patients by working in close partnership with world-class academic founders and management teams. Our balance sheet underpins our strategy enabling us to take a long-term view as we look to improve the lives of patients with no or poor treatment options, build sustainable life science companies and deliver strong risk-adjusted returns to shareholders.

Copies of this press release, a company results presentation, and other corporate information can be found on the company website at: www.synconaltd.com .

Forward-looking statements - this announcement contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to the portfolio of investments of Syncona Limited. These statements and forecasts involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend upon circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. In particular, many companies in the Syncona Limited portfolio are conducting scientific research and clinical trials where the outcome is inherently uncertain and there is significant risk of negative results or adverse events arising. In addition, many companies in the Syncona Limited portfolio have yet to commercialise a product and their ability to do so may be affected by operational, commercial and other risks.

Strategic and operational review

While our portfolio companies continued to make both pre-clinical and clinical progress during the period, we are disappointed to report a decline in net assets to GBP1,152.8 million or 171.7p per share, a (11.4) ([6]) per cent return in the six months (31 March 2021: net assets of GBP1,300.3 million, NAV per share of 193.8p) and a decline in the life science portfolio valuation to GBP617.9 million, a (21.3) per cent return ([7]) in the six months (31 March 2021: GBP722.1 million, 11.8 per cent return). Performance has been predominantly driven by the decline in the share prices of two of our listed holdings, Achilles and Freeline. In the case of Freeline, in addition to a softening of broader market sentiment towards gene therapies, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to operational challenges which the company has now addressed, whilst in the case of Achilles, there has been share price depreciation that we believe has been driven by broader market sentiment surrounding cell therapies, despite the business continuing to execute in line with its expected timeline.

We remain confident and focused on long-term value creation for our shareholders. The Syncona team has been proactive and moved decisively to support our companies in addressing any issues that have arisen. We believe our companies, which are built around highly innovative science and stewarded by world-class management teams, are well-positioned to deliver on their upcoming key milestones.

Hands-on, active engagement with the portfolio

A core part of the Syncona model is to take a hands-on, partnership approach to building our companies and supporting them as they navigate the complexities and risks of clinical development. This discipline and our strong relationships with the management teams of our companies continued to be critical as we navigated the last 6-12 months, where Autolus has moved to focus on its AUTO1 programme for adult ALL and Freeline has been working to re-initiate its clinical programmes which have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst the exact nature of the challenges our companies have faced were impossible to predict, these types of challenges are expected in our asset class, where assessing and managing risk is at the core of everything we do. Our team has a wealth of experience and expertise which means we know how to respond to these challenges and collaborate with our portfolio companies to support them in managing these effectively.

Optimising our financing approach

In light of the performance of our listed holdings, we have also further reviewed our approach to how our companies finance themselves. To date, our approach to building companies has provided them with the ability to access NASDAQ, enabling them to access capital at an appropriate scale. We have reviewed our experience and the varying approaches some of our companies have taken to accessing NASDAQ, assessing where we can improve and optimise our approach to manage the volatility that has been seen, whilst continuing to ensure our companies are funded at scale.

Our financing approach will now involve supporting our companies to take one of two core strategies:

-- Bringing external investors in early (before the point of clinical validation) to provide capital at scale, ensuring Syncona maintains a significant ownership position in the company whilst providing the company with a broader set of supportive investors (including the public market as an option)

-- Funding to be provided by Syncona on a sole basis to the point of clinical validation; beyond this point, a risk-based decision will be made as to whether to maintain sole ownership or syndicate to external investors (including the public market as an option)

Ken Galbraith, our Executive in Residence, who has 30 years' experience in biotech venture capital brings critical expertise that will be instrumental in helping us to continue to optimise our financing approach on an ongoing basis.

We are seeking to build and expose our shareholders to the returns that can be generated from a balanced portfolio of 15-20 companies over the long term. We believe that this financing approach will provide our shareholders with access to a set of privately held, high growth life science companies and a number of exciting, listed holdings built on our product-focused strategy.

Our strategic capital base and attracting long-term specialist investors to fund a maturing portfolio

Syncona maintains a strategic capital base of GBP534.9 million. We deployed GBP50.8 million in the first half, and we continue to expect to deploy between GBP100 million and GBP175 million this year into our existing portfolio companies and new opportunities. Our capital base provides us with the control and flexibility to take a long-term approach to building our companies and allows us to fund them over the time frames required to reach late-stage development and approval. It also provides us with the ability to support our companies through the volatility intrinsic to developing clinical assets, which is critical as the portfolio matures and the number of clinical-stage companies increases. At 30 September, Syncona had GBP103.4 million of uncalled commitments, of which GBP96.2 million is committed to life science portfolio companies and tranched against milestones as these companies progress their programmes through pre-clinical and clinical development.

More broadly, our portfolio companies are continuing to attract substantial capital from leading, long-term investors and companies, accessing $397.0 million ([8]) year to date with $30.0 million committed from Syncona. Post period end, Gyroscope received a commitment of up to $60.0 million from Sanofi and Autolus attracted a commitment of up to $250.0 million from Blackstone. These financings validate the significant opportunity ahead for our portfolio and we think they are testament to the quality of the businesses that we have built. They are aligned with our optimised approach to financing companies, as we seek to take a disciplined approach to deploying our capital, whilst supporting our companies to access the scale of the funding they require to maximise their ambitions and deliver value for our shareholders.

Untapped promise of cell and gene therapy remains

Our growing and maturing portfolio is heavily enriched in cell and gene therapies and we remain excited about these fields. The data and impact on patients in these areas continues to be remarkable and our companies are executing against focused pathways to deliver products in areas of high unmet medical need. We believe there continues to be a significant commercial opportunity in these spaces for innovative biotech companies. As development has continued in these fields, there have been some issues identified, namely around safety in some approaches in the gene therapy space and managing manufacturing complexity in cell therapy. We remain confident that industry and regulators will collaborate to support the safe delivery of treatments in these fields, which are often targeting areas of extreme unmet need where therapeutic options are either limited or non-existent. The Syncona team monitors these issues closely and we are comfortable that our companies are navigating these risks appropriately and are continuing to strive to deliver safe and effective treatments for patients. Now with 10 companies in these fields, we continue to facilitate their collaboration on these issues and apply our learnings across the portfolio.

During the period, we made an exciting new investment in a company at the forefront of next-generation stem cell-based medicines, leading a $87.0 million Series A financing of Clade. Clade has been established with the aim of discovering and delivering scalable, next-generation, induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived medicines. This investment further enhances Syncona's leading position in cell therapy with a technology and leadership team that we think is best-in-class and moreover diversifies our cell therapy portfolio with our first extension into the allogeneic field.

Key value inflection points ahead and significant long-term growth potential

Looking ahead, data is the key driver of value and risk for Syncona, and we believe our companies are well positioned and on track to further validate our model and strategy in the next 12 months with the potential for a rich seam of data. Five of our portfolio companies are at clinical stage, including our three listed portfolio companies. While not without risk, we believe that these companies can create value as they deliver their clinical programmes and achieve their ambitions to deliver transformational treatments to patients.

We have shown, through our sales of Blue Earth Diagnostics and Nightstar Therapeutics, that taking a long-term approach to ownership that focuses on taking products to approval or beyond can deliver significant value for shareholders. Whilst we recognise there may be continued volatility along the way, we are focused on managing our portfolio of companies to deliver strong risk-adjusted returns for shareholders.

Life science portfolio review ([9])

Clinical

Gyroscope (13.3% of NAV, 54% shareholding)

-- Published further positive interim data from Phase I/II FOCUS trial in geographic atrophy secondary to AMD; continued to enrol Phase II trials

-- Decision made early in period to postpone IPO in light of challenging market conditions at the proposed time of launch

Gyroscope is developing gene therapy for a leading cause of blindness, dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), for which there are currently no approved treatments.

The company made strong clinical progress in the half, continuing to dose patients in its open-label Phase I/II FOCUS trial, which is assessing safety and dose response of GT005, Gyroscope's investigational one-time gene therapy being evaluated for the treatment of an advanced form of dry AMD called geographic atrophy (GA). The business announced further interim data from this trial at the Retina Society meeting and will share limited additional data this month at the upcoming American Academy of Opthalmology and Retina World Congress meetings ([10]) . The data at Retina Society showed GT005 continues to be well tolerated, with a high proportion of the patients treated showing sustained increases compared to baseline in levels of Complement Factor I (CFI), a protein that regulates the complement system - overactivity of the complement system has been linked to dry AMD. Gyroscope expects to continue reporting additional data from FOCUS in CY2022. Gyroscope is currently enrolling its randomised controlled Phase II trials, HORIZON and EXPLORE, which are assessing the safety and efficacy of GT005 for patients with GA.

The company took the decision in May to postpone plans for its IPO, in light of challenging market conditions at the time. We are confident in the potential of Gyroscope and excited about the clinical data that continues to be generated by the business. We were pleased to announce post-period end that Sanofi, a global biopharmaceutical company, has committed to investing up to $60.0 million in equity of Gyroscope, validating the potential of Gyroscope's therapies and supporting their ongoing Phase II programmes ([11]) . We believe recent Phase III data released by Apellis, a company also targeting the complement system to treat GA, validates the complement system as the right mechanism for treatment but leaves room on market for an improved therapy for patients with a disease that currently has no treatments. In this context, we think that Gyroscope is well-positioned to deliver on upcoming milestones.

Autolus (8.2% of NAV, 24% shareholding)

-- Published positive durability data from lead programme of obe-cel in adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL)

-- Announced appointment of experienced biopharma leader John H. Johnson as Chair; Edgar Braendle further strengthened senior team as CDO

   --    Post period end, commitment of up to $250 million from Blackstone 

Autolus is developing next generation programmed T-cell therapies for the treatment of cancer with a clinical pipeline targeting haematological malignancies and solid tumours.

During the period, the company presented encouraging data at the European Haematology Association (EHA) Congress from its lead programme of obe-cel in relapsed/refractory (r/r) adult ALL. This showed a stabilisation in levels of event free survival amongst patients suffering with adult ALL between 12 and 24 months, providing further validation of the sustained efficacy of this treatment, as well as favourable safety data. The company continues to progress its pivotal trial for this treatment and will deliver primary endpoint data from the study in mid CY2022, whilst targeting a Biologics License Application (BLA) filing in CY2023. The company also published data related to obe-cel in r/r indolent B cell lymphomas (IBCL), which showed that in this setting the therapy was well tolerated and demonstrated a favourable safety profile.

The company continues to receive accelerated pathways for its therapies, receiving Orphan Drug designations throughout its clinical portfolio in the period. Additionally, the company has signed an Option and License Agreement with Moderna, granting Moderna an exclusive license to develop and commercialise messenger RNA (mRNA) therapies incorporating Autolus' proprietary binders in up to four immune-oncology targets, which we believe provides further validation of Autolus' technology.

During the period, Syncona CEO, Martin Murphy, held the role of Chair at Autolus, working with its Board to ensure the company remained focused on its pivotal study whilst supporting the business. The company appointed John H. Johnson as Chair in September, bringing a wealth of experience from across the biopharmaceutical industry, including commercial leadership roles at Eli Lilly & Company, ImClone, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer; Martin remains a director on the company's Board. Autolus also strengthened its executive team, with Edgar Braendle joining as Chief Development Officer (CDO) from Sumitomo Dainippon, where he was Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Global Head of Development.

Post period end, Autolus announced a commitment of up to $250.0 million from Blackstone with an investment of $100.0 million in equity and up to $150.0 million in product financing, of which $50.0 million is payable upon the closing of the transaction and the remainder payable based on certain development and regulatory milestones. In return for this strategic investment, Autolus will pay Blackstone a capped mid-single digit royalty based on product revenues generated from worldwide net sales of obe-cel and potential next generation products, with Blackstone also appointing a representative to the Autolus board of directors. Syncona is pleased that Autolus has been able to attract a significant investment from Blackstone, further validating the potential of its obe-cel product and underlining the continued interest in autologous CAR-T cell therapies from high quality investors.

The business is now very well positioned to deliver on its upcoming clinical milestones as it moves into a pivotal trial with its lead programme and is funded through to the primary endpoint data from this study.

Achilles (5.6% of NAV, 27% shareholding)

-- Continued to make progress in ongoing Phase I/IIa studies in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and Melanoma, with trials moving to higher dose process

   --    Board strengthened by addition of Julie O'Neill 
   --    Well-funded with cash runway through to H2 CY2023 

Achilles, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing precision T cell therapies to treat solid tumours, continued to make good operational progress in the half.

During the period the company enrolled its first US patient in its ongoing Phase I/IIa study in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), meaning that the study is now active and enrolling in the US, EU and UK. The company has set out its future clinical plans for the ongoing Phase I/II studies in NSCLC and Melanoma and expects to begin enrolment to move the trials to its higher dose, VELOS(TM) Process 2 manufacturing by the end of CY2021. The business has published further data from the initial lower dose process as part of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) conference. This data, in Syncona's view, continues to support the company's move to the higher dose process, where we expect data in H2 CY2022.

The company also continues to expand its Board, with Julie O'Neill, previously Executive Vice President of Global Operations at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, joining as a non-executive director during the period. Whilst it has seen some share price volatility driven by broader market sentiment towards cell and gene therapies, we remain confident in the fundamentals of Achilles, with the company well-funded to deliver on its clinical pipeline with a cash runway through to H2 CY2023.

Freeline (4.2% of NAV, 45% shareholding)

-- Dosed additional patient in clinical trial for FLT190 Fabry therapy with data from the patient showing early promising efficacy; FLT201 in Gaucher expected to initiate trial site in CY2021

-- Announced operational changes, extending expected cash runway into Q1 CY2023; Michael J. Parini became CEO and Executive Director and post period end, Pamela Foulds, MD became CMO

Freeline, our gene therapy company focused on liver expression for a range of chronic systemic diseases, continued to progress its clinical pipeline in the period.

Freeline has now dosed its second patient in its MARVEL-1 clinical trial for its FLT190 Fabry therapy and expects to dose an additional patient in Q1 CY2022 and publish further data in CY2022 from the trial. The data from the second patient was in Syncona's view, highly encouraging, with the key enzyme required to treat the disease reaching near normal levels, enabling the patient to remain off enzyme replacement therapy more than 16 weeks post-treatment ([12]) . Whilst the patient also experienced mild and transient myocarditis, which was closely monitored, the patient is now stable, and the independent data monitoring committee has proposed the third patient be dosed the same level of dose as the second patient with increased cardiac monitoring. We look forward to seeing further progress from this study.

In its lead FLT180a Haemophilia B programme, Freeline has begun enrolling in its ECLIPSE run-in study for its upcoming Phase I/II dose-confirmation trial, which is targeting the initiation of clinical sites in Q1 CY2022. It also expects the clinical trial site to be live for FLT201 Gaucher programme before the end of CY2021, entering an indication in which there is currently no approved gene therapy. This means Freeline will have three live clinical studies by the end of CY2021, a significant milestone for the business.

Syncona also supported a number of operational changes during the half, with Syncona CIO and Freeline Chair, Chris Hollowood, working closely with the Freeline Board throughout the period to implement these. In August, Michael J. Parini became CEO and an Executive Director, having previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer. Michael is an experienced executive, having previously spent time in leadership positions at both Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer. The company also appointed a new CMO, Pamela Foulds, MD, a proven enterprise leader with a strong track-record of collaboration, trial design and execution in delivering impactful therapies to patients, who has previously worked at Aegerion Pharmaceuticals and Biogen.

Freeline undertook a thorough review of its operational plans during the period, re-defining its strategic priorities to accelerate value creation, with the refined plan extending its expected cash runway by nearly two quarters into the first quarter of CY2023. The business is also currently evaluating whether to extend further pre-clinical work on its Haemophilia A programme. In his role as Chair, Chris continues to work closely with the business on these plans and we remain positive about the potential of the company's technology to treat a wide range of systemic diseases.

Anaveon (1.7% of NAV, 51% shareholding)

   --    Initiated lead ANV419 clinical programme and making good progress dosing patients 

Anaveon is developing a selective Interleukin 2 ("IL-2") Receptor Agonist, a type of protein that could enhance a patient's immune system to respond therapeutically to cancer.

The company reached a key milestone in the period, entering the clinic in its Phase I/II study to evaluate the safety and tolerability of its lead ANV419 programme, dosing multiple patients in the half and executing well. The business expects to report initial data from the trial in Q1 CY2022, with all clinical sites having now opened and recruitment proceeding as planned. Whilst the IL-2 space is competitive, Anaveon's technology has the potential to show differentiation in selectivity, safety and level of activity based on positive pre-clinical data it has published to date which supports further development in patients with malignant tumours.

Pre-clinical

SwanBio (5.4% of NAV, 75% shareholding)

SwanBio is a gene therapy company focused on neurological disorders. Its lead programme is targeting the treatment of Adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN), a genetic neuro-degenerative disease affecting the spine.

During the period the company initiated a natural history study of AMN. This observational, multinational study will prospectively evaluate patients to assess the course of the disease, providing valuable insights for its planned clinical trial for SBT101, its preclinical gene therapy for the treatment of AMN. Post-period end, the company also announced encouraging pre-clinical data in SBT101 and the company remains on track to enter the clinic with this trial in CY2022.

Quell (3.9% of NAV, 74% shareholding)

Quell has been established with the aim of developing engineered T-regulatory (Treg) cell therapies to treat a range of conditions such as solid organ transplant rejection, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

The business continues to remain on track to begin its Phase I/II LIBERATE trial in Q1 CY2022, having received approval of its Clinical Trial Application (CTA) from the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) post period end. This will assess the company's lead candidate QEL-001, which is designed to prevent organ rejection in liver transplant patients. The company is also developing its operational capabilities in preparation for clinical entry and for the benefit of its broader pipeline, during the period announcing that it has entered into a collaboration with the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGTC) to expand Quell's clinical manufacturing capabilities within one of the CGTC's specialist large-scale manufacturing modules, with this adding a second good manufacturing practice (GMP) facility to Quell's operations.

The company continues to expand its team as it progresses its operational development, hiring Dominik Hartl, formerly Therapeutic Area Head - Translational Medicine/Biomarkers for Autoimmunity/Transplantation/Inflammation (ATI) at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR), as CMO in the period. Tracey Lodie has also now joined as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), bringing 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, most recently at Gamida Cell, where she served as CSO with responsibility for the entire cell therapy pipeline.

Purespring Therapeutics (1.6% of NAV, 84% shareholding)

Purespring was founded by Syncona in November 2020 and is one of the first kidney focussed AAV gene therapy companies, with the company seeking to advance gene therapies for the treatment of chronic renal diseases currently poorly served by existing treatments.

Over the last year, the company has been built out at scale and at pace. During the period, they have expanded their senior team, with world-class recruits, Dr Ronny Renfurm, formerly Group Head of Medical Science Nephrology at Astellas joining as CMO, and Julian Hanak, formerly Global Head of Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC) at Nightstar, joining as CDO. The company continues to develop its operational plans and has established fully operational labs and offices in less than a year. Purespring also started its CMC activities at speed and is executing upon a manufacturing strategy that draws upon Julian's significant expertise in gene therapy, which will be greatly enabling for Purespring's AAV platform. On the research front, the business is making progress towards candidate selection with three programmes in preclinical development whilst continuing to work successfully on its proprietary delivery to the kidney as well as its pipeline engine FunSel ([13]) , under the world-class leadership of CEO Richard Francis and co-founder and CSO Professor Moin Saleem.

Neogene Therapeutics (1.0% of NAV, 9% shareholding)

Neogene is developing an engineered cell therapy product for solid tumours based on a patient's own neoantigens. The company was founded in 2018 around the work of world-class founders, Dr Ton Schumacher and Dr Carsten Linnemann.

Neogene continues to attract world class leaders to the company, appointing Brent Pfeiffenberger as Chief Operating Officer during the period. Brent was most recently senior vice president of U.S. Oncology at Bristol Myers Squibb and will lead and scale the company's global business operations. The company also welcomed Han Lee as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), with Han joining from Arcellx, Inc, where he served as CFO. The company is delivering on its strategic and operational plan and remains on course to file its CTA in the Netherlands by the end of CY2021.

Clade Therapeutics (1.0% of NAV, 23% shareholding)

Syncona made a $30 million (GBP21.7 million) commitment to Clade Therapeutics, leading a $87.0 million (GBP62.8 million) Series A financing in the company. Clade has been established with the aim of discovering and delivering scalable next-generation induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived medicines. There is vast potential in iPSC technology, with Clade's proprietary platform technology enabling the "cloaking" of human pluripotent stem cells, meaning that cells can be introduced to patients whilst being protected from the immune system, potentially allowing for long-term persistence and the development of next-generation stem cell-based medicine.

The business is led by a world-class operational team with Dr. Chad Cowan, scientific co-founder of CRISPR Therapeutics and former Associate Professor at Harvard University in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology holding the role of Chief Executive, and Dr. Jim Glasheen, a co-founder of Atlanta Therapeutics and former general partner at Technology Partners Venture Capital, serving as Clade's Executive President and Chief Business Officer. Also participating in the round were specialist investors including LifeSci Ventures, Emerson Collective, and global biopharma leader Bristol Myers Squibb. This investment marks an expansion by Syncona into next generation stem cell-based therapeutics. The first tranche of $15.0 million (GBP10.8 million) ([14]) has been invested by Syncona (equal to current holding value) and Syncona will have a 22.6 per cent stake in the business at the point all current commitments are invested.

Syncona CEO Martin Murphy will be joining the Board of the company whilst Syncona Partner Michael Kyriakides will act as a Board observer as it moves to the next phase in its development.

Resolution Therapeutics (0.6% of NAV, 79% shareholding)

Resolution is a cell therapy company investigating the use of the restorative effect of macrophages in the treatment of end stage liver disease.

During the period the company expanded its Board, with Lisa Bright joining as a non-executive director, bringing 30 years' experience in biopharma, most recently on the executive team at Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. Resolution continues to progress development of its engineered macrophage cell therapy, with the ongoing academic MATCH 2 trial of non-engineered autologous macrophages in liver cirrhosis completing recruitment during the period.

Drug discovery:

OMass (1.9% of NAV, 49% shareholding)

OMass is a biotechnology company identifying small molecules against highly validated target ecosystems such as membrane proteins or intracellular complexes. The company's unique technology platform comprises of novel biochemistry techniques, next generation native mass spectrometry and custom chemistry. The company has now selected a pipeline of five candidates, with a focus on immunological and orphan diseases. OMass' lead programme, MC2, is targeting orphan endocrine diseases and is expected to enter lead optimisation stage in the near future.

Life Science Investments:

Beyond our core portfolio of 12 life science companies, we have a small number of life science investments. Post period end, Cambridge Epigenetix (CEGX), a life sciences tools and analytics company, raised $88.0 million in a Series D financing led by Temasek. Given Syncona's relatively low ownership stake in the business, we regard our holding in CEGX as an investment. In this context, we remain supportive of the business but did not participate in the financing round. We are, however, delighted that they have been able to attract high quality investors to provide further funding as they seek to deliver on their strategy, with this financing a validation of the company's potential. The financing round has resulted in a GBP15.4 million uplift to Syncona's previous holding value in the company.

Next key milestones for clinical programmes at 30 September 2021

 
 Autolus - cell therapy / oncology 
 AUTO1 / Adult           Initial data on the Phase 1b portion of the pivotal 
  ALL                     trial to be presented at ASH in December CY2021. 
                          Progress pivotal study and provide primary endpoint 
                          data in mid CY2022. 
                        ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 AUTO1/22 / paediatric   Publish clinical data in at ASH in December 2021. 
  ALL 
                        ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 AUTO4 - T cell          Publish clinical data in H1 CY2022. 
  Lymphoma 
                        ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 Freeline - gene therapy / systemic diseases 
 Haemophilia             Publish long-term durability data from Phase I/II 
  B                       dose-finding trial at ASH in December 2021. 
                          Initiate clinical trial sites for Phase I/II dose-confirmation 
                          study in Haemophilia B in Q1 CY2022, with interim 
                          data expected by the end of the year 
                        ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 Fabry disease           Dose next patient in Q1 CY2022 and publish interim 
                          data from the programme in CY2022. 
                        ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 Gaucher                 Initiate clinical site for Phase I/II dose-finding 
                          study in Q4 CY2021 and publish interim data from 
                          the programme in CY2022. 
                        ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 Gyroscope - gene therapy / retinal diseases 
 FOCUS - Phase           Expect to report further data in CY2022. 
  I/II open-label; 
  Geographic Atrophy 
                        ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 Achilles - cell therapy / oncology 
 Non-small cell          Dosing patients in higher dose cNet therapy in first 
  lung cancer             half of CY2022, interim data expected H2 CY2022. 
                        ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 Melanoma                Dosing patients in higher dose cNet therapy in first 
                          half of CY2022, interim data expected H2 CY2022. 
                        ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 Anaveon - biologics 
 Selective IL-2            Data in Phase I/II ANV419 study to be published 
  agonist                   Q1 CY2022; additional data to be published in CY2022. 
                          ---------------------------------------------------------------- 
 
 

Next key milestones for pre-clinical programmes at 30 September 2021

 
 SwanBio - gene therapy / neurological diseases 
 Adrenomyeloneuropathy   Expect to enter the clinic in CY2022. 
  (AMN) 
                        -------------------------------------------------- 
 Quell - cell therapy / autoimmune diseases 
 Liver transplant        Phase I/II initiation of lead programme targeting 
                          liver transplant; well-placed for clinical entry 
                          in this programme in Q1 CY2022. 
                        -------------------------------------------------- 
 

Life science valuation table:

 
    Company      31 Mar      Net       Valuation      FX      30 Sep    % of    Valuation     Fully          Focus 
                  2021    investment     change    movement    2021     Group     basis      diluted          area 
                            in the                                       NAV      ([15])    owner-ship 
                            period                                                ([16])      stake 
                                                                                  ([17]) 
                         -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
                 (GBPm)   (GBPm)       (GBPm)      (GBPm)     (GBPm)                        (%) 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Portfolio 
  Companies 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Clinical 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Gyroscope        150.1            -           -        3.4    153.5     13.3   PRI                 54   Gene therapy 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Autolus           81.2            -        11.6        2.1     94.9      8.2   Quoted              24   Cell therapy 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Achilles         133.1            -      (70.4)        1.4     64.1      5.6   Quoted              27   Cell therapy 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Freeline         167.9            -     (121.0)        1.1     48.0      4.2   Quoted              45   Gene therapy 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Anaveon           18.5            -           -        0.7     19.2      1.7   Cost                51   Immunoncology 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Pre-Clinical 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Quell             35.1         10.1           -          -     45.2      3.9   Cost                74   Cell therapy 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 SwanBio           53.7          7.6           -        1.5     62.8      5.4   Cost                75   Gene therapy 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Purespring         3.9         14.6           -          -     18.5      1.6   Cost                84   Gene Therapy 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Neogene           11.0            -           -        0.4     11.4      1.0   Cost                 9   Cell Therapy 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Clade                -         10.8           -        0.4     11.2      1.0   Cost                23   Cell Therapy 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Resolution         7.4            -           -          -      7.4      0.6   Cost                79   Cell therapy 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Drug 
 discovery 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 OMass             16.4          5.1           -          -     21.5      1.9   Cost                49   Therapeutics 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Life Science 
  Investment 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 CRT Pioneer                                                                    Adj Third 
  Fund             36.6        (1.1)           -          -     35.5      3.1    Party              64   Oncology 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 CEGX               1.5                     15.4          -     16.9      1.5   PRI                  9   Epigenetics 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Adaptimmune        5.3            -       (0.1)        0.1      5.3      0.5   Quoted               1   Cell therapy 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Forcefield         0.4          2.1           -          -      2.5      0.2   Cost                82   Biologics 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 Total Life 
  Science 
  Portfolio       722.1         49.2     (164.5)       11.1    617.9     53.7 
                -------  -----------  ----------  ---------  -------  -------  ----------  -----------  -------------- 
 

Board activity

We are announcing today that Nigel Keen is to retire as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 31(st) December 2021. Nigel co-founded Syncona Partners in 2012 with Syncona CEO, Martin Murphy and the Wellcome Trust and has been actively involved since, first as Chairman of Syncona Partners and then as a non-executive Director with Syncona Limited and Chairman of Syncona Investment Management Limited. He has made an invaluable contribution to the whole business over the last nine years as Syncona has grown from GBP200m of commitments at foundation in 2012 to GBP1.1bn of net assets today and retires as a Non-Executive Director with the Company well positioned for the next stage of its development.

As previously announced at annual results, Nicholas Moss will also step down as Non-Executive Director on 31(st) December 2021 after serving nine years on the Board. Nicholas has been working to enable a smooth transition of responsibilities over the last five months. From 1(st) January 2022 Virginia Holmes will take over the role of Senior Independent Director and Gian Piero Reverberi will take over the role of Chair of the Remuneration Committee. We would also like to thank Nicholas for his contribution and counsel to Syncona over nine years, including serving as Senior Independent Director, Audit Committee Chair, and Remuneration Committee Chair.

As set out in our Annual Report, the Board continues to seek to recruit further high-quality Directors and has undertaken a global recruitment search to seek new Directors with US-based life science experience. We expect to announce an appointment to the Board in the near future.

Audit tender update

As disclosed in the Group's 2020 and 2021 Annual Report, the Company's Audit Committee intended to carry out a competitive audit tender during FY2020/21 or FY2021/22. The tender process was carried out during the first half of the current financial year and following a recommendation from the Audit Committee, the Board have approved that Deloitte LLP be proposed for re-appointment as its external auditor for FY2022/23. A resolution to approve their appointment will be proposed to shareholders at the Company's AGM in 2022. Further details of the tender process will be provided in the Report of the Audit Committee in the 2022 Annual Report.

Supplementary information

   --    GBP832 million invested in life science portfolio since foundation in 2012 
 
 Syncona Generations of portfolio     Multiple 
  companies 
 Syncona Generation 1: Autolus,       3.2x [18] 
  Blue Earth Diagnostics and 
  Nightstar 
                                     ---------- 
 Syncona Generation 2: Freeline, 
  Gyroscope and Achilles              0.8x 
                                     ---------- 
 Syncona Generation 3: OMass,         1.0x [19] 
  Resolution, SwanBio, Quell 
  and Anaveon 
                                     ---------- 
 Syncona Generation 4: Purespring, 
  Clade and Neogene                   1.0x 
                                     ---------- 
 

Managing risk and uncertainty around the disclosure of clinical trial data in open-label trials

Currently, our portfolio companies are progressing 12 clinical trials, 10 of which are open-label trials. These trials represent both a significant opportunity and risk for each company and for Syncona.

Open label trials are clinical studies in which both the researchers and the patients are aware of the drug being given. In some cases, the number of patients in a trial may be relatively small. Data is generated as each patient is dosed with the drug in a trial and is collected over time as results of the treatment are analysed and, in the early stages of these studies, dose-ranging studies are completed.

Because of the trial design, clinical data in open-label trials is received by our portfolio companies on a frequent basis. However, individual data points need to be treated with caution, and it is typically only when all or substantially all of the data from a trial is available and can be analysed that meaningful conclusions can be drawn from that data about the prospect of success or otherwise of the trial. In particular it is highly possible that early developments (positive or negative) in a trial can be overtaken by later analysis with further data as the trial progresses.

Our portfolio companies may decide or be required to announce publicly interim clinical trial data, for example where the company or researchers connected with it are presenting at a scientific conference, and we will generally also issue a simultaneous announcement about that clinical trial data. We would also expect to announce our assessment of the results of a trial at the point we conclude on the data available to us that it has succeeded or failed. We would not generally expect to otherwise announce our assessment of interim clinical data in an ongoing trial, although we review all such data to enable us to comply with our legal obligations under the EU Market Abuse Regulation or otherwise.

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

The principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company for the second half of the financial year are substantially the same as those disclosed in the Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021: https://www.synconaltd.com/media/ftofwusb/6295-syn-ar21-21-06-28-lo.pdf. These include:

Enterprise risks:

- People in the Syncona team

- Access to capital

- Strategy and governance

- COVID-19

Portfolio risks:

- Early-stage investments

- Clinical trial and regulatory approval

- Commercialisation

- People in portfolio companies

- Capital pool

Operational risks:

- Systems and controls

Going Concern

The Company has an indefinite life. The net assets held by the Group and within investment entities controlled by the Group currently consist of securities and cash amounting to GBP1,152.8 million (31 March 2021: GBP1,300.3 million) of which 41.23 per cent (31 March 2021: 41.89 per cent) are readily realisable in three months in normal market conditions, and liabilities including uncalled commitments to underlying investments and funds amounting to GBP103.4 million (31 March 2021: GBP115.5 million).

The Group has considered the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Group and each of its portfolio companies. Given the experience of the past year the Group has concluded that the impact will vary from investment to investment, with delays in certain programmes of work (expected to be three to six months in the majority of cases) and potential associated additional capital requirements. This remains consistent with the assessment made on 31 March 2021. The Group has taken account of the COVID-19 pandemic in the valuation of its investments as at period end.

Given the Group's capital pool of GBP534.9 million on 30 September 2021 the Directors consider that the Group has adequate financial resources to continue its operations, including existing commitments to its investments and additional capital requirements identified in the review, for 12 months following the approval of the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. Hence, the Directors believe, having considered the impact of COVID-19, that it is appropriate to continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities

The directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge:

(a) the condensed set of interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union;

(b) the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R (indication of important events and their impact during the first six months and description of principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year); and

(c) the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R (disclosure of related parties' transactions and changes therein).

The Directors of Syncona Limited are:

Melanie Gee, Chair

Virginia Holmes, Non-Executive Director

Rob Hutchinson, Non-Executive Director

Kemal Malik, Non-Executive Director

Nicholas Moss, Non-Executive Director

Nigel Keen, Non-Executive Director

Gian Piero Reverberi, Non-Executive Director

INDEPENT REVIEW REPORT TO SYNCONA LIMITED

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2021 which comprises the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Net Assets Attributable to Holders of Ordinary Shares, Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows and related notes 1 to 14. We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

Directors' responsibilities

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union. The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the European Union.

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Financial Reporting Council for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2020 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

Use of our report

This report is made solely to the company in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Financial Reporting Council. Our work has been undertaken so that we might state to the company those matters we are required to state to it in an independent review report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company, for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.

Deloitte LLP

St Peter Port, Guernsey

10 November 2021

SYNCONA LIMITED

UNAUDITED GROUP PORTFOLIO STATEMENT

As at 30 September 2021

 
                                               % of                       % of                    % of 
                                          Group NAV                  Group NAV               Group NAV 
                          Fair value   30 September  Fair value   30 September  Fair value    31 March 
                             GBP'000           2021     GBP'000           2020     GBP'000        2021 
 
Life science 
 portfolio 
Life science 
 companies 
Achilles Therapeutics 
 plc                          64,099            5.6      72,413            5.3     133,127        10.2 
Anaveon AG                    19,245            1.7           -              -      18,575         1.4 
Autolus Therapeutics 
 plc                          94,926            8.2     143,705           10.5      81,180         6.2 
Cambridge Epigenetics 
 Limited                      16,913            1.5           -              -           -           - 
Freeline Therapeutics 
 Holdings plc                 48,035            4.2     227,248           16.6     167,902        12.9 
Gyroscope Therapeutics 
 Holdings plc                153,504           13.3      81,975            6.0     150,062        11.5 
Omass Therapeutics 
 Limited                      21,563            1.9           -              -      16,436         1.3 
Purespring Therapeutics 
 Limited                      18,500            1.6           -              -           -           - 
Quell Therapeutics 
 Limited                      45,171            3.9           -              -      35,069         2.7 
SwanBio Therapeutics 
 Limited                      62,792            5.4      32,974            2.4      53,689         4.1 
Companies of 
 less than 1% 
 of NAV                       37,587            3.2      72,515            5.4      29,526         2.4 
Total life science 
 companies (1)               582,335           50.5     630,830           46.2     685,566        52.7 
 
CRT Pioneer Fund 
 (2)                          35,523            3.1      35,761            2.6      36,576         2.8 
 
Total life science 
 portfolio (3)               617,858           53.6     666,591           48.8     722,142        55.5 
                          ----------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ----------  ---------- 
 
Capital pool 
 investments 
 
UK treasury bills            362,865           31.5     479,999           35.1     344,862        26.5 
 
Legacy funds                  77,070            6.7      87,457            6.4      72,366         5.6 
 
Total capital 
 pool investments 
 (2)                         439,935           38.2     567,456           41.5     417,228        32.1 
                          ----------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ----------  ---------- 
 
Other net assets 
Cash and cash 
 equivalents (4)             112,396            9.8     165,639           12.1     199,833        15.4 
Charitable donations         (2,061)          (0.2)     (2,393)          (0.2)     (4,710)       (0.4) 
Other assets 
 and liabilities            (15,378)          (1.4)    (30,543)          (2.2)    (34,204)       (2.6) 
 
Total other net 
 assets                       94,957            8.2     132,703            9.7     160,919        12.4 
                          ----------  -------------  ----------  -------------  ----------  ---------- 
 
Total NAV of 
 the Group                 1,152,750          100.0   1,366,750          100.0   1,300,289       100.0 
                          ==========  =============  ==========  =============  ==========  ========== 
 

(1) The fair value of Syncona Holdings Limited amounting to GBP802,272,987 is comprised of investments in life science companies of GBP582,334,992, investments in Syncona Investment Management Limited of GBP5,793,776, other net assets of GBP218,609,656 in Syncona Portfolio Limited and other net liabilities of GBP4,465,437 in Syncona Holdings Limited.

(2) The fair value of the investment in Syncona Investments LP Incorporated amounting to GBP363,719,588 is comprised of the investment in the capital pool investments of GBP439,935,066, the investment in the CRT Pioneer Fund of GBP35,523,330 cash of GBP103,871,577 and other net liabilities of GBP215,610,385.

(3) The life science portfolio of GBP617,858,322 (30 September 2020: GBP666,591,246, 31 March 2021: GBP722,142,341) consists of life science investments totalling GBP582,334,992 (30 September 2020: GBP630,829,763, 31 March 2021: GBP685,566,309) held by Syncona Holdings Limited and the CRT Pioneer Fund of GBP35,523,330 (30 September 2020: GBP35,761,483, 31 March 2021: GBP36,576,032) held by Syncona Investments LP Incorporated.

(4) Cash amounting to GBP578,591 (30 September 2020: GBP548,029, 31 March 2021: GBP13,916) is held by Syncona Limited. The remaining GBP111,816,947 (30 September 2020: GBP165,090,943, 31 March 2021: GBP199,819,232) is held by its subsidiaries other than portfolio companies ("Syncona Group Companies"). Cash held by Syncona Group Companies other than Syncona GP Limited is not shown in Syncona Limited's Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position since it is included within Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss.

See note 1 for a description of Syncona Holdings Limited and Syncona Investments LP Incorporated.

SYNCONA LIMITED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the period ended 30 September 2021

 
                                                        Unaudited      Unaudited 
                                                       six months     six months       Audited 
                                                               to             to          year 
                                                     30 September   30 September   to 31 March 
                         Notes  Revenue    Capital           2021           2020          2021 
                                GBP'000    GBP'000        GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
Investment income 
Other income                     17,114          -         17,114         12,865        19,934 
Total investment 
 income                          17,114          -         17,114         12,865        19,934 
                                -------  ---------  -------------  -------------  ------------ 
 
Net (losses)/gains 
 on financial assets 
 at fair value through 
 profit or loss            5          -  (162,884)      (162,884)        122,823        58,605 
Total (losses)/gains                  -  (162,884)      (162,884)        122,823        58,605 
                                -------  ---------  -------------  -------------  ------------ 
 
Expenses 
Charitable donations       6      2,061          -          2,061          2,393         4,710 
General expenses                     42          -             42         13,376        20,671 
Total expenses                    2,103          -          2,103         15,769        25,381 
                                -------  ---------  -------------  -------------  ------------ 
 
(Loss)/profit for 
 the period                      15,011  (162,884)      (147,873)        119,919        53,158 
Taxation                              -          -              -              -             - 
(Loss)/profit for 
 the period after 
 tax                             15,011  (162,884)      (147,873)        119,919        53,158 
                                =======  =========  =============  =============  ============ 
 
(Loss)/earnings per 
 Ordinary Share            9      2.26p   (24.48)p       (22.22)p         18.06p         8.00p 
                                =======  =========  =============  =============  ============ 
(Loss)/earnings per 
 Diluted Share             9      2.24p   (24.31)p       (22.07)p         17.86p         7.93p 
                                =======  =========  =============  =============  ============ 
 

The total columns of this statement represent the Group's Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union.

The (loss)/profit for the period is equivalent to the "total comprehensive profit/(loss)" as defined by International Accounting Standards ("IAS") 1 "Presentation of Financial Statements". There is no other comprehensive profit/(loss) as defined by IFRS.

All the items in the above statement derive from continuing operations.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

SYNCONA LIMITED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

As at 30 September 2021

 
                                            Unaudited      Unaudited      Audited 
                                         30 September   30 September     31 March 
                                 Notes           2021           2020         2021 
                                              GBP'000        GBP'000      GBP'000 
ASSETS 
Non-current assets 
Financial assets at fair value 
 through profit or loss            7        1,165,993      1,391,333    1,327,946 
 
Current assets 
Bank and cash deposits                            579            548           14 
Trade and other receivables                     5,522          7,930       10,446 
Total assets                                1,172,094      1,399,811    1,338,406 
                                        -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 
Non-current liabilities 
Share based payments               8           11,658         20,117       23,505 
 
Current liabilities 
Share based payments               8            6,558          9,581        8,836 
Payables                                        1,128          3,363        5,776 
Total liabilities                              19,344         33,061       38,117 
                                        -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
EQUITY 
Share capital                      9          767,999        767,999      767,999 
Capital reserves                              374,263        601,365      537,147 
Revenue reserves                               10,488        (2,614)      (4,857) 
Total equity                                1,152,750      1,366,750    1,300,289 
                                        -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
Total liabilities and equity                1,172,094      1,399,811    1,338,406 
                                        -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
Total net assets attributable 
 to holders of Ordinary Shares              1,152,750      1,366,750    1,300,289 
                                        =============  =============  =========== 
 
Number of Ordinary Shares in 
 Issue                             9      666,733,588    664,580,417  664,580,417 
                                        -------------  -------------  ----------- 
Net assets attributable to 
 holders of Ordinary Shares 
 (per share)                       9          GBP1.73        GBP2.06      GBP1.96 
                                        -------------  -------------  ----------- 
Diluted NAV (per share)            9          GBP1.72        GBP2.03      GBP1.94 
                                        =============  =============  =========== 
 

The unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements were approved on 10 November 2021.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

SYNCONA LIMITED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HOLDERS OF ORDINARY SHARES

For the period ended 30 September 2021

 
                                             Share    Capital    Revenue 
                                  Notes    capital   reserves   reserves      Total 
                                           GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000 
 
As at 31 March 2020 (audited)              767,999    478,542          -  1,246,541 
 
Total comprehensive income 
 for the period                                  -    122,823    (2,904)    119,919 
 
Transactions with shareholders: 
Share based payments                             -          -        290        290 
 
As at 30 September 2020 
 (unaudited)                               767,999    601,365    (2,614)  1,366,750 
                                          ========  =========  =========  ========= 
 
Total comprehensive loss 
 for the period                                  -   (64,218)    (2,543)   (66,761) 
 
Transactions with shareholders: 
Share based payments                             -          -        300        300 
 
As at 31 March 2021 (audited)              767,999    537,147    (4,857)  1,300,289 
                                          ========  =========  =========  ========= 
 
Total comprehensive loss 
 for the period                                  -  (162,884)     15,011  (147,873) 
 
Transactions with shareholders: 
Share based payments                             -          -        334        334 
 
As at 30 September 2021 
 (unaudited)                               767,999    374,263     10,488  1,152,750 
                                          ========  =========  =========  ========= 
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

SYNCONA LIMITED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

For the period ended 30 September 2021

 
                                                  Unaudited      Unaudited 
                                                 six months     six months 
                                                         to             to  Audited year 
                                               30 September   30 September   to 31 March 
                                       Notes           2021           2020          2021 
                                                    GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
Cash flows from operating activities 
(Loss)/profit for the period                      (147,873)        119,919        53,158 
Adjusted for: 
(Gains)/losses on financial 
 assets at fair value through 
 profit or loss                          5          162,884      (122,823)      (58,605) 
Movement in share based payment 
 provision                                         (14,722)          4,262         6,374 
                                              -------------  -------------  ------------ 
Operating cash flows before 
 movements in working capital                           289          1,358           927 
Decrease/(increase) in other 
 receivables                                          4,924          1,201       (1,315) 
(Decrease)/increase in other 
 payables                                           (4,648)        (2,028)           385 
                                              -------------  -------------  ------------ 
Net cash generated from/(used 
 in) operating activities                               565            531           (3) 
                                              -------------  -------------  ------------ 
 
Net increase/(decrease) in 
 cash and cash equivalents                              565            531           (3) 
Cash and cash equivalents at 
 the beginning of the period                             14             17            17 
                                              -------------  -------------  ------------ 
Cash and cash equivalents at 
 the end of the period                                  579            548            14 
                                              =============  =============  ============ 
 

Cash held by the Company and Syncona Group Companies is disclosed in the Group portfolio statement.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

SYNCONA LIMITED

CONDENSED NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the period ended 30 September 2021

1. GENERAL INFORMATION

Syncona Limited (the "Company") is incorporated in Guernsey as a registered closed-ended investment company. The Company's Ordinary Shares were listed on the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange ("LSE") on 26 October 2012 when it commenced its business.

The Company makes its life science investments through Syncona Holdings Limited (the "Holding Company"), a subsidiary of the Company. The Company maintains its capital pool through Syncona Investments LP Incorporated (the "Partnership") in which the Company is the sole limited partner. The general partner of the Partnership is Syncona GP Limited (the "General Partner"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. Syncona Limited and Syncona GP Limited are collectively referred to as the "Group".

Syncona Investment Management Limited ("SIML"), a subsidiary, was appointed as the Company's Alternative Investment Fund Manager ("Investment Manager").

2. ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The accounting policies applied in these interim accounts are the same as those applied by the Group in its Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 and shall form the basis of the 2022 Annual Report and Accounts. No new standards that have become effective in the period have had a material effect on the Group's financial statements.

Information reported to the Board (the Chief Operating Decision Maker ("CODM")) for the purpose of allocating resources and monitoring performance of the Group's overall strategy to found, build and fund companies in innovative areas of healthcare, consists of financial information reported at the Group level. The Capital pool is fundamental to the delivery of the Group's strategy and performance is reviewed by the CODM only to the extent this enables the allocation of those resources to support the Group's investment in life science companies. There are no reconciling items between the results contained within this information and amounts reported in the financial statements. IFRS requires operating segments to be identified on the basis of the internal financial reports that are provided to the CODM, and as such the Directors present the results of the Group as a single operating segment.

Statement of compliance

The Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the European Union, and should be read in conjunction with the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended March 2021, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union, and are in compliance with The Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008. The financial information in these interim accounts was approved by the Board and authorised for issue on 10 November 2021. The financial information is unaudited but has been subject to a review by the Group's independent auditor.

Basis of preparation

The Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared under the historical cost basis, except for investments held at fair value through profit or loss, which have been measured at fair value.

Going concern

The Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are prepared on a going concern basis. The net assets held by the Group and within investment entities controlled by the Group currently consist predominantly of securities and cash amounting to GBP1,152.8 million (30 September 2020: GBP1,366.8 million, 31 March 2021: GBP1,300.3 million) of which 41.23% (30 September 2020: 53.6%, 31 March 2021: 41.89%) are readily realisable within three months in normal market conditions, and liabilities including uncalled commitments to underlying investments and funds amounting to GBP103.4 million (30 September 2020: GBP87.1 million, 31 March 2021: GBP115.5 million).

Given the experience of the past year the Group has concluded that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on each investment and the portfolio company will vary with delays in certain programmes of work (expected to be 3 to 6 months in the majority of cases) and potential associated additional capital requirements. This remains consistent with the assessment made at 31 March 2021. The Group has taken account of the COVID-19 pandemic in the valuation of its investments at the period end. Given the Group's capital pool of GBP534.9 million (30 September 2020: GBP700.1 million, 31 March 2021: GBP578.2 million) the Directors consider that the Group has adequate financial resources to continue its operations, including existing commitments to its investments and additional capital requirements identified in the review, for 12 months following the approval of the financial statements. Hence, the Directors believe, having considered the impact of COVID--19, that it is appropriate to continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Basis of consolidation

The Group's Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements consist of the financial statements of the Company and the General Partner.

The results of the General Partner during the period are consolidated in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income from the effective date of incorporation and is consolidated in full. The financial statements of the General Partner are prepared in accordance with United Kingdom ("United Kingdom"). Accounting Standards under Financial Reporting Standard 101 "Reduced Disclosure Framework". Where necessary, adjustments are made to the financial statements of the General Partner to bring the accounting policies used in line with those used by the Group. During the periods and year ended 30 September 2021, 30 September 2020 and 31 March 2021, no such adjustments have been made. All intra-group transactions, balances and expenses are eliminated on consolidation.

Entities that meet the definition of an investment entity under IFRS 10 "Consolidated Financial Statements" are held at fair value through profit or loss in accordance with IFRS 9 "Financial Instruments'. The Company, the Partnership and the Holding Company meet the definition of Investment Entities. The General Partner does not meet the definition of an Investment Entity and is therefore consolidated.

3. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING JUDGEMENTS, ESTIMATES AND ASSUMPTIONS

The preparation of the interim results requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses at the reporting date. However, uncertainties about these assumptions and estimates, in particular relating to underlying investments of private equity investments and life science investments could result in outcomes that require a material adjustment to the carrying value of the assets or liabilities in future periods.

In preparing these interim results, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those applied to the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021.

The key critical accounting judgement is the basis for determining the fair value of life science investments. Further information can be found in note 3 of the Annual Report and Accounts.

The key sources of estimation uncertainty are the valuation of the Holding Company's life science investments, the investment in the CRT Pioneer Fund, the Partnership's private equity investments (legacy funds) and the valuation of the share based payment liability.

The inputs and assumptions which result in estimation uncertainty when determining the valuation of the share based payment liability are described in note 2 of the Annual Report and Accounts. Sensitivity of the share based payment liability to changes in these inputs is not currently material to the financial statements as a whole.

The unquoted investments within the life science portfolio are very illiquid. Many of the companies are early stage investments and privately owned. The Company has analysed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the portfolio companies through a bottom-up review and does not consider that any COVID-19 revaluations are required, however the final impact of the pandemic is not yet certain and may have effects on the portfolio companies that have not been anticipated. Accordingly, the amounts ultimately realised may differ from the fair value and these differences may be material. The accounting policy for all investments is described in note 2 of the Annual Report and Accounts and the fair value of all investments is described in note 12. Sensitivity to a 25% movement in the valuation of private company investments is included in note 12. The range of 25% (September 2020: 20% March 2021: 18%) identified by management reflects their estimate of the range of reasonably possible valuations over the next financial year, taking into account the position of the portfolio as a whole. Key technical milestones considered by management and that typically trigger value enhancement (or deterioration if not achieved) include the generation of substantial clinical data.

4. INVESTMENT IN SUBSIDIARIES AND ASSOCIATES

The Company meets the definition of an investment entity in accordance with IFRS 10. Therefore, with the exception of the General Partner (which provides investment related service to the Group), the Company does not consolidate its subsidiaries and indirect associates, but rather recognises them as financial assets at fair value through profit or loss.

Direct interests in subsidiaries

 
                                                                Unaudited     Unaudited     Audited 
                                                             30 September  30 September    31 March 
                         Principal 
                             place                                   2021          2020        2021 
                                                               % interest    % interest  % interest 
Subsidiary             of business      Principal activity            (1)           (1)         (1) 
Syncona GP Limited         Guernsey          General Partner          100%          100%        100% 
Syncona Holdings 
 Limited                   Guernsey     Portfolio management          100%          100%        100% 
Syncona Investments 
 LP Incorporated           Guernsey     Portfolio management          100%          100%        100% 
 

There are no significant restrictions on the ability of subsidiaries to transfer funds to the Company.

Indirect interests in subsidiaries

 
                                                                                  Unaudited     Unaudited     Audited 
                                                                               30 September  30 September    31 March 
                             Principal 
                                 place                                                 2021          2020        2021 
                                                                    Principal    % interest    % interest  % interest 
Indirect subsidiaries      of business      Immediate parent         activity           (1)           (1)         (1) 
Syncona Discovery               United   Syncona Investments        Portfolio 
 Limited                       Kingdom       LP Incorporated       management          100%          100%        100% 
Syncona Portfolio                           Syncona Holdings        Portfolio 
 Limited                      Guernsey               Limited       management          100%          100%        100% 
Syncona IP Holdco               United     Syncona Portfolio        Portfolio 
 Limited                       Kingdom               Limited       management          100%          100%        100% 
Syncona Investment              United      Syncona Holdings        Portfolio 
 Management Limited            Kingdom               Limited       management          100%          100%        100% 
Forcefield Therapeutics         United     Syncona Portfolio 
 Limited                       Kingdom               Limited     Gene therapy           86%            -%         47% 
SwanBio Therapeutics            United     Syncona Portfolio 
 Limited                        States               Limited     Gene therapy           76%           83%         76% 
Purespring Therapeutics         United     Syncona Portfolio 
 Limited                       Kingdom               Limited     Gene therapy           76%            -%         65% 
Quell Therapeutics              United     Syncona Portfolio 
 Limited                       Kingdom               Limited     Cell therapy           73%           74%         83% 
Resolution Therapeutic 
 Limited (formerly 
 Syncona Collaboration          United     Syncona Portfolio 
 (E) Limited)                  Kingdom               Limited     Cell therapy           66%           37%         66% 
Gyroscope Therapeutics          United     Syncona Portfolio 
 Holdings plc                  Kingdom               Limited     Gene therapy           59%           81%         59% 
Freeline Therapeutics           United     Syncona Portfolio 
 Holdings plc                  Kingdom               Limited     Gene therapy           53%           52%         53% 
Omass Therapeutics              United     Syncona Portfolio 
 Limited                       Kingdom               Limited   Small molecule           51%           49%         49% 
                                           Syncona Portfolio 
Anaveon AG                 Switzerland               Limited        Biologics           50%           41%         50% 
 

Indirect interests in associates

 
                                                                              Unaudited     Unaudited     Audited 
                                                                           30 September  30 September    31 March 
                             Principal 
                                 place                                             2021          2020        2021 
                                                                Principal    % interest    % interest  % interest 
Indirect associates        of business    Immediate parent       activity           (1)           (1)         (1) 
 
Azeria Therapeutics             United   Syncona Portfolio   In voluntary 
 Limited                       Kingdom             Limited    liquidation           34%           34%         34% 
Autolus Therapeutics            United   Syncona Portfolio 
 plc                           Kingdom             Limited   Cell therapy           27%           27%        28 % 
Clade Therapeutics              United   Syncona Portfolio 
 Inc                            States             Limited   Cell therapy           20%            -%          -% 
Achilles Therapeutics 
 plc (formerly Achilles         United   Syncona Portfolio 
 Therapeutics Limited)         Kingdom             Limited   Cell therapy           27%           51%         27% 
 

(1) Based on undiluted issued share capital and excluding the Management Equity Shares ("MES") issued by Syncona Holdings Limited (see note 8).

5. NET (LOSSES)/GAINS ON FINANCIAL ASSETS AT FAIR VALUE THROUGH PROFIT OR LOSS

The net (losses)/gains on financial assets at fair value through profit or loss arise from the Group's holdings in the Holding Company and Partnership.

 
                                      Unaudited      Unaudited 
                                     six months     six months 
                                             to             to  Audited year 
                                   30 September   30 September   to 31 March 
                           Notes           2021           2020          2021 
                                        GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
Net (losses)/gains from: 
The Holding Company         5.a       (154,936)        124,232        60,551 
The Partnership             5.b         (7,948)        (1,409)       (1,946) 
                                      (162,884)        122,823        58,605 
                                  =============  =============  ============ 
 

5.a Movements in the Holding Company:

 
                                            Unaudited      Unaudited 
                                           six months     six months 
                                                   to             to  Audited year 
                                         30 September   30 September   to 31 March 
                                                 2021           2020          2021 
                                              GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
Expenses                                         (44)           (45)          (89) 
Movement in unrealised (losses)/gains 
 o n life science i n vestments 
 at fair value through profit or 
 loss                                       (154,892)        124,277        60,640 
Net (losses)/gains on financial 
 assets at fair value through profit 
 or loss                                    (154,936)        124,232        60,551 
                                        =============  =============  ============ 
 

5.b Movements in the Partnership:

 
                                            Unaudited      Unaudited 
                                           six months     six months 
                                                   to             to  Audited year 
                                         30 September   30 September   to 31 March 
                                                 2021           2020          2021 
                                              GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
Investment income                                  11             55           117 
Rebates and donations                             225           (11)            18 
Other income                                        -              -            53 
Expenses                                        (120)          (141)         (273) 
Realised (losses)/gains on financial 
 assets at fair value through profit 
 or loss                                        (690)          6,235        33,479 
Movement in unrealised gains/(losses) 
 on financial assets at fair value 
 through profit or loss                         8,818          7,073      (10,740) 
Gains/(losses) on foreign currency                922        (1,755)       (4,666) 
                                        -------------  -------------  ------------ 
Gains on financial assets at fair 
 value through profit or loss                   9,166         11,456        17,988 
Distributions                                (17,114)       (12,865)      (19,934) 
                                        -------------  -------------  ------------ 
Net losses on financial assets 
 at fair value through profit or 
 loss                                         (7,948)        (1,409)       (1,946) 
                                        =============  =============  ============ 
 

6. CHARITABLE DONATIONS

For the year ended 31 March 2022, the Group agreed to make a donation to charity of 0.35% of the total net asset value ("NAV") of the Group calculated on a monthly basis, 0.15% to be donated to The Institute of Cancer Research and 0.20% to be donated to The Syncona Foundation, and these donations are made by the General Partner. There were no changes in the percentages from 30 September 2020 and 31 March 2021.

During the period, charitable donations expense amounted to GBP2,060,805 (30 September 2020: GBP2,392,865, 31 March 2021: GBP4,710,217 ). As at 30 September 2021, GBP2,060,805 (30 September 2020: GBP2,392,865, 31 March 2021: GBP4,710,217 ) remained payable.

7. FINANCIAL ASSETS AT FAIR VALUE THROUGH PROFIT OR LOSS

 
                                 Unaudited      Unaudited  Audited year 
                              30 September   30 September      31 March 
                      Notes           2021           2020          2021 
                                   GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
The Holding Company    7.a         802,273      1,019,129       956,279 
The Partnership        7.b         363,720        372,204       371,667 
                                 1,165,993      1,391,333     1,327,946 
                             =============  =============  ============ 
 

7.a The net assets of the Holding Company

 
                                                Unaudited      Unaudited  Audited year 
                                             30 September   30 September      31 March 
                                                     2021           2020          2021 
                                                  GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
Cost of the Holding Company's investment 
 at the start of the period                       494,810        493,310       493,310 
Purchases during the period                             -          1,500         1,500 
Cost of the Holding Company's investments 
 at the end of the period                         494,810        494,810       494,810 
Net unrealised gains on investments 
 at the end of the period                         311,928        528,696       465,891 
                                            -------------  -------------  ------------ 
Fair value of the Holding Company's 
 investments at the end of the period             806,738      1,023,506       960,701 
Other current liabilities                         (4,465)        (4,377)       (4,422) 
Financial assets at fair value 
 through profit or loss at the end 
 of the period                                    802,273      1,019,129       956,279 
                                            =============  =============  ============ 
 

7.b The net assets of the Partnership

 
                                            Unaudited      Unaudited  Audited year 
                                         30 September   30 September      31 March 
                                                 2021           2020          2021 
                                              GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
Cost of the Partnership's investments 
 at the start of the period                   418,472        682,750       682,750 
Purchases during the period                   363,641        677,160     1,075,333 
Sales during the period                     (344,872)      (810,000)   (1,340,000) 
Return of capital                             (1,527)        (6,073)      (33,090) 
Net realised (losses)/gains on 
 disposals during the period                    (690)          6,235        33,479 
                                        -------------  -------------  ------------ 
Cost of the Partnership's investments 
 at the end of the period                     435,024        550,072       418,472 
Net unrealised gains on investments 
 at the end of the period                      44,150         53,145        35,332 
                                        -------------  -------------  ------------ 
Fair value of the Partnership's 
 investments at the end of the period         479,174        603,217       453,804 
Cash and cash equivalents                     103,872        156,640       189,440 
Other net current liabilities               (219,326)      (387,653)     (271,577) 
Financial assets at fair value 
 through profit or loss at the end 
 of the period                                363,720        372,204       371,667 
                                        =============  =============  ============ 
 

8. SHARE BASED PAYMENTS

Share based payments are associated with awards of MES in the Holding Company, relevant details of which are set out in note 2 of the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021.

The total cost recognised within general expenses in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income is shown below:

 
                                       Unaudited      Unaudited 
                                      six months     six months 
                                              to             to  Audited year 
                                    30 September   30 September   to 31 March 
                                            2021           2020          2021 
                                         GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
Charge related to revaluation of 
 the liability for cash settled 
 share awards                            (5,665)          8,541        10,561 
Total                                    (5,665)          8,541        10,561 
                                   =============  =============  ============ 
 

Amounts recognised in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, representing the carrying amount of liabilities arising from share based payments transactions are shown below:

 
                                         Unaudited      Unaudited  Audited year 
                                      30 September   30 September      31 March 
                                              2021           2020          2021 
                                           GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
Share based payments - current               6,558          9,581         8,836 
Share based payments - non-current          11,658         20,117        23,505 
Total                                       18,216         29,698        32,341 
                                     =============  =============  ============ 
 

When a participant elects to realise vested MES by sale of the MES to the Company, half of the proceeds (net of anticipated taxes) will be settled in shares of the Company, with the balance settled in cash.

The fair value of MES has been established using an externally developed model, which is consistent with that used as at 31 March 2021. Key inputs described in note 2 of the Annual Report and Accounts have been determined based on internally generated data as at 30 September 2021. Vesting is subject only to the condition that employees must remain in employment at the vesting date. Each MES is entitled to share equally in value attributable to the Holding Company above the applicable base line value at the date of award provided that the applicable hurdle value of 15% or 30% growth in the value of the Holding Company above the base line value at the date of award has been achieved.

The fair value of awards made in the period ended 30 September 2021 was GBP2,710,500 (30 September 2020: GBP2,656,000, 31 March 2021: GBP2,907,000 ). An award was made on 15 July 2021 at 35p per MES.

The number of MES outstanding are shown below:

 
                                           Unaudited      Unaudited  Audited year 
                                        30 September   30 September      31 March 
                                                2021           2020          2021 
 
Outstanding at the start of the 
 period                                   43,873,239     41,937,713    41,937,713 
Issued                                     7,744,257      5,400,902     5,902,624 
Realised                                 (7,253,638)    (3,953,906)   (3,953,906) 
Lapsed                                   (1,153,546)              -      (13,192) 
Outstanding at the end of the period      43,210,312     43,384,709    43,873,239 
                                       =============  =============  ============ 
Weighted average remaining unvested 
 life of outstanding MES, years                 1.57           1.60          1.24 
Vested MES at the end of the period       40,761,540     25,051,692    38,502,646 
Realisable MES at the end of the 
 period                                   10,190,406      8,114,801     9,625,668 
 

As at 30 September 2021, if all MES were realised, the number of shares issued in the Company as a result would increase by 4,621,710 (30 September 2020: 7,463,741, 31 March 2021: 6,177,787). The undiluted per share value of net assets attributable to holders of Ordinary Shares would fall from GBP1.73 to GBP1.72 if these shares were issued (30 September 2020: GBP2.06 to GBP2.03, 31 March 2021: GBP1.96 to GBP1.94).

9. SHARE CAPITAL

9.a Authorised share capital

The Company is authorised to issue an unlimited number of shares, which may or may not have a par value. The Company is a closed-ended investment company with an unlimited life.

As the Company's shares have no par value, the share price consists solely of share premium and the amounts received for issued shares are recorded in the share capital in accordance with The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008.

 
                                          Unaudited      Unaudited    Audited 
                                       30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                               2021           2020       2021 
                                            GBP'000        GBP'000    GBP'000 
Ordinary share capital 
Balance at the start of the period          767,999        767,999    767,999 
Scrip dividend shares issued during 
 the period                                       -              -          - 
Balance at the end of the period            767,999        767,999    767,999 
                                      =============  =============  ========= 
 
 
                                         Unaudited      Unaudited      Audited 
                                      30 September   30 September     31 March 
                                              2021           2020         2021 
                                            Shares         Shares       Shares 
Ordinary share capital 
Balance at the start of the period     664,580,417    663,665,537  663,665,537 
Share based payment shares issued 
 during the period                       2,153,171        914,880      914,880 
Balance at the end of the period       666,733,588    664,580,417  664,580,417 
                                     =============  =============  =========== 
 

The Company has issued one Deferred Share to The Syncona Foundation for GBP1.

9.b Capital reserves

Gains and losses recorded on the realisation of investments, realised exchange differences, unrealised gains and losses recorded on the revaluation of investments held at the period end and unrealised exchange differences of a capital nature are transferred to capital reserves.

9.c Earnings/(loss) per share

The calculations for the earnings/(loss) per share attributable to the Ordinary Shares of the Company are based on the following data:

 
                                           Unaudited       Unaudited 
                                          six months      six months 
                                                  to              to   Audited year 
                                        30 September    30 September    to 31 March 
                                                2021            2020           2021 
 
(Loss)/earnings for the purposes 
 of (loss)/earnings per share       GBP(147,873,000)  GBP119,919,000  GBP53,158,000 
 
Basic weighted average number of 
 shares                                  665,486,396     664,050,487    664,314,726 
Basic revenue earnings/(loss) per 
 share                                         2.26p         (0.44)p         (0.8)p 
Basic capital (loss)/earnings per 
 share                                      (24.48)p          18.50p           8.8p 
Basic (loss)/earnings per share             (22.22)p          18.06p           8.0p 
 
Diluted weighted average number 
 of shares                               670,108,106     671,514,228    670,492,513 
Diluted revenue earnings/(loss) 
 per share                                     2.24p         (0.43)p         (0.8)p 
Diluted capital (loss)/earnings 
 per share                                  (24.31)p          18.30p           8.7p 
Diluted (loss)/earnings per share           (22.07)p          17.86p           7.9p 
 

9.d NAV per share

 
                                        Unaudited         Unaudited           Audited 
                                     30 September      30 September          31 March 
                                             2021              2020              2021 
 
Net assets for the purposes of 
 NAV per share                   GBP1,152,750,142  GBP1,366,749,584  GBP1,300,287,998 
Ordinary Shares in issue              666,733,588       664,580,417       664,580,417 
NAV per share                               172.9            205.7p            195.7p 
Diluted number of shares              671,355,298       672,044,158       670,758,204 
Diluted NAV per share                       171.7            203.4p            193.9p 
 

10. DISTRIBUTION TO SHAREHOLDERS

The Company may pay a dividend at the discretion of the Board.

During the period ended 30 September 2021, the Company did not declare or pay a dividend (30 September 2020: nil, 31 March 2021: nil ).

11. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

The Group has various related parties: life sciences investments held by the Holding Company, the Investment Manager, the Company's Directors and The Syncona Foundation.

Life science investments

The Group makes equity investments in some life science investments where it retains control. The Group has taken advantage of the investment entity exception as permitted by IFRS 10 and has not consolidated these investments, but does consider them to be related parties. The total amounts included for investments where the Group has control are set out below:

During the period, the total amount invested in life science investments with control was GBP39,668,846 (30 September 2020: GBP55,501,037, 31 March 2021: GBP145,075,244).

The Group makes other equity investments where it does not have control but may have significant influence through its ability to participate in the financial and operating policies of these companies, therefore the Group considers them to be related parties. The total amounts included for investments where the Group has significant influence are set out below:

During the period, the total amount invested in life science investments with significant influence was GBP10,835,801 (30 September 2020: GBP11,384,489, 31 March 2021: GBP29,767,748).

Commitments of milestone payments to the life science investments are disclosed in note 13.

During the period, SIML, charged the life science investments a total of GBP105,464 (30 September 2020: GBP77,668, 31 March 2021: GBP188,965) in relation to Director's fees and other fees of GBP184,450 (30 September 2020: GBPnil, 31 March 2021: GBP116,854).

Investment Manager

SIML, an indirectly held subsidiary of the Company, is the Investment Manager of the Group.

For the period ended 30 September 2021 SIML was entitled to receive an annual fee of up to 1.05% (30 September 2020: 1.05%, 31 March 2021: 1.05%) of the Company's NAV at the previous year end per annum.

 
                           Unaudited      Unaudited 
                          six months     six months 
                                  to             to  Audited year 
                        30 September   30 September   to 31 March 
                                2021           2020          2021 
                             GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
Amounts paid to SIML           5,223          4,029         8,177 
                       =============  =============  ============ 
 

During the period, SIML received fees from portfolio companies of GBP259,914 (30 September 2020: GBP77,668, 31 March 2021: GBP305,819).

Company Directors

At the period end, the Company had seven Directors, all of whom served in a Non-Executive capacity. The Directors Nicholas Moss and Rob Hutchinson also serve as Directors of the General Partner.

Thomas Henderson resigned as Director of the Company with effect from 3 August 2021.

Nigel Keen is Chairman of the Investment Manager and receives a fee of GBP136,764 per annum (30 September 2020: GBP132,205, 31 March 2021: GBP133,430), payable by the Investment Manager, in respect of his services to the Investment Manager.

Directors' remuneration for the periods and year ended, excluding expenses incurred, and outstanding Directors' remuneration as at the end of the year, are set out below.

 
                                      Unaudited      Unaudited 
                                     six months     six months 
                                             to             to  Audited year 
                                   30 September   30 September   to 31 March 
                                           2021           2020          2021 
                                        GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
Directors' remuneration for the 
 period                                     210            235           386 
                                  =============  =============  ============ 
Payable at end of the period                  -              -             - 
                                  =============  =============  ============ 
 

The Syncona Foundation

Charitable donations are made by the Company to The Syncona Foundation. The Syncona Foundation was incorporated in England and Wales on 17 May 2012 as a private company limited by guarantee, with exclusively charitable purposes and holds the Deferred Share in the Company. The amount donated to The Syncona Foundation during the period ended 30 September 2021 was GBP2,091,553 (30 September 2020: GBP2,632,809, 31 March 2021: GBP2,632,809).

12. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENT

IFRS 13 "Fair Value Measurement" requires the Group to establish a fair value hierarchy that prioritises the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value. The hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1 measurements) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3 measurements). The three levels of the fair value hierarchy under IFRS 13 are set as follows:

   --      Level 1 Quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities; 

-- Level 2 Inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability either directly (that is, as prices) or indirectly (that is, derived from prices) or other market corroborated inputs; and

-- Level 3 Inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (that is, unobservable inputs).

The level in the fair value hierarchy within which the fair value measurement is categorised in its entirety is determined on the basis of the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement. For this purpose, the significance of an input is assessed against the fair value measurement in its entirety. If a fair value measurement uses observable inputs that require significant adjustment based on unobservable inputs, that measurement is a Level 3 measurement. Assessing the significance of a particular input to the fair value measurement requires judgement, considering factors specific to the asset or liability.

The determination of what constitutes "observable" requires significant judgement by the Group. The Group considers observable data to be market data that is readily available, regularly distributed or updated, reliable and verifiable, and provided by independent sources that are actively involved in the relevant market.

The following table presents the Group's financial assets and liabilities by level within the valuation hierarchy as at 30 September 2021, 30 September 2020 and 31 March 2021:

 
30 September 2021                Level 1  Level 2    Level 3      Total 
Assets (unaudited)               GBP'000  GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000 
 
Financial assets at fair value 
 through profit or loss: 
The Holding Company                    -        -    802,273    802,273 
The Partnership                        -        -    363,720    363,720 
Total assets                           -        -  1,165,993  1,165,993 
                                 =======  =======  =========  ========= 
 
 
30 September 2020                Level 1  Level 2    Level 3      Total 
Assets (unaudited)               GBP'000  GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000 
 
Financial assets at fair value 
 through profit or loss: 
The Holding Company                    -        -  1,019,129  1,019,129 
The Partnership                        -        -    372,204    372,204 
Total assets                           -        -  1,391,333  1,391,333 
                                 =======  =======  =========  ========= 
 
 
31 March 2021                    Level 1  Level 2    Level 3      Total 
Assets (audited)                 GBP'000  GBP'000    GBP'000    GBP'000 
 
Financial assets at fair value 
 through profit or loss: 
The Holding Company                    -        -    956,279    956,279 
The Partnership                        -        -    371,667    371,667 
Total assets                           -        -  1,327,946  1,327,946 
                                 =======  =======  =========  ========= 
 

The investments in the Holding Company and the Partnership are classified as Level 3 investments due to the use of the unadjusted net asset value of the subsidiaries as a proxy for fair value. The subsidiaries hold some investments valued using techniques with significant unobservable inputs as outlined in the sections that follow.

The following table presents the Holding Company's investments by level within the valuation hierarchy as at 30 September 2021, 30 September 2020 and 31 March 2021:

 
Asset type           Level      Unaudited      Unaudited    Audited       Valuation         Significant         Impact 
                             30 September   30 September   31 March       technique        unobservable             on 
                                     2021           2020       2021                              inputs      valuation 
                                  GBP'000        GBP'000    GBP'000                                            GBP'000 
                                                                           Publicly 
                                                                          available 
                                                                        share price 
                                                                      as at balance 
Listed investments     1          212,344        379,457    387,514      sheet date                 n/a            n/a 
                     -----  -------------  -------------  ---------  --------------  ------------------  ------------- 
                                                                                               The main 
                                                                                           unobservable 
                                                                                           input is the 
                                                                                         quantification 
                                                                                        of the progress 
                                                                                            investments 
                                                                                           make against 
                                                                                               internal 
                                                                                       financing and/or 
                                                                                              corporate 
                                                                                             milestones 
Calibrated                                                                           where appropriate. 
 price of                                                                            A reasonable shift 
 recent investment                                                                    in the Fair Value 
 ("PRI")                                                                 Calibrated   of the investment 
 (1)                   3          369,991        249,818    296,497             PRI    would be +/-25%.  +/- GBP92,498 
                     -----  -------------  -------------  ---------  --------------  ------------------  ------------- 
                                                                                      Carrying value of 
                                                                                             assets and 
                                                                                            liabilities 
                                                                                          determined in 
                                                                                             accordance 
                                                                                         with generally 
                                                                                               accepted 
                                                                                             accounting 
                                                                         Unadjusted         principles, 
                                                                         net assets             without 
SIML                   3            5,794          5,721      5,752         of SIML         adjustment.     +/- GBP288 
                     -----  -------------  -------------  ---------  --------------  ------------------  ------------- 
 

(1) Valuation made by reference to price of recent funding round, which may be equal to cost, unadjusted following adequate consideration of current facts and circumstances.

During the period, there were no movements from Level 1 to Level 2 (30 September 2020: nil, 31 March 2021: nil). During the period, there were no movements from Level 3 to Level 1 (30 September 2020: GBP150,722,983, 31 March 2021: GBP150,722,983 and GBP94,772,653 ).

The following table presents the movements in Level 3 investments of the Holding Company for the period ended 30 September 2021:

 
                                                        Unaudited         Unaudited    Audited 
                                  Life                 six months        six months    year to 
                               science            to 30 September   to 30 September   31 March 
                           investments     SIML              2021              2020       2021 
                               GBP'000  GBP'000           GBP'000           GBP'000    GBP'000 
 
Opening balance                298,052    5,752           303,804           363,476    363,476 
Transfer (from)/to 
 Level 3                             -        -                 -         (150,723)  (245,496) 
Purchases                       50,455        -            50,455            49,743    151,014 
Sales                                -        -                 -                 -    (3,017) 
Gains on financial 
 assets at fair value 
 through profit or loss         21,485       41            21,526           (5,402)     37,827 
                          ------------  -------  ----------------  ----------------  --------- 
Closing balance                369,992    5,793           375,785           257,094    303,804 
                          ============  =======  ================  ================  ========= 
 

The net gain for the period included in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income in respect of Level 3 investments of the Holding Company held at the period end amounted to GBP21,526,000 (30 September 2020: GBP52,149,874 gain, 31 March 2021: GBP37,827,000 gain).

The following table presents the Partnership's investments by level within the valuation hierarchy as at 30 September 2021, 30 September 2020 and 31 March 2021:

 
               Level      Unaudited      Unaudited    Audited            Valuation          Significant         Impact 
                       30 September   30 September   31 March            technique         unobservable   on valuation 
                               2021           2020       2021                                    inputs        GBP'000 
                            GBP'000        GBP'000    GBP'000 
                                                                          Publicly 
                                                                         available 
                                                                          price at 
UK treasury                                                          balance sheet 
 bills           1          362,865        479,999    344,862                 date                  n/a            n/a 
               -----  -------------  -------------  ---------  -------------------  -------------------  ------------- 
                                                                         Valuation 
                                                                          produced 
                                                                           by fund 
                                                                    administrator. 
Legacy funds                                                           Inputs into 
 -                                                                 fund components 
 Unlisted                                                                 are from 
 fund                                                                   observable 
 investments     2           26,643         26,356     26,098               inputs                  n/a            n/a 
               -----  -------------  -------------  ---------  -------------------  -------------------  ------------- 
                                                                                               The main 
                                                                                           unobservable 
                                                                                      input include the 
                                                                                      assessment of the 
                                                                                     performance of the 
                                                                                     underlying fund by 
                                                                                               the fund 
                                                                                         administrator. 
                                                                                           A reasonable 
Legacy funds                                                                                   possible 
 -                                                                       Valuation    shift in the Fair 
 Long-term                                                                produced         Value of the 
 unlisted                                                                  by fund          instruments 
 investments     3           50,427         61,101     46,268        administrator     would be +/-10%.   +/- GBP5,043 
               -----  -------------  -------------  ---------  -------------------  -------------------  ------------- 
                                                                                    Unobservable inputs 
                                                                                       include the fund 
                                                                                    managers assessment 
                                                                                     of the performance 
                                                                                      of the underlying 
                                                                                        investments and 
                                                                                            adjustments 
                                                                                           made to this 
                                                                                             assessment 
                                                                                        to generate the 
                                                                                                 deemed 
                                                                                          fair value. A 
                                                                         Valuation           reasonable 
                                                                          produced    possible shift in 
                                                                           by fund    the Fair Value of 
                                                                     administrator      the instruments 
CRT Pioneer                                                           and adjusted                would 
 Fund            3           35,523         35,761     36,576        by management           be +/-23%.   +/- GBP3,552 
               -----  -------------  -------------  ---------  -------------------  -------------------  ------------- 
 

During the period ending 30 September 2021, there were no movements from Level 1 to Level 2 (30 September 2020: nil, 31 March 2021: nil).

Assets classified as Level 2 investments are underlying funds fair-valued using the latest available NAV of each fund as reported by each fund's administrator, which are redeemable by the Group subject to necessary notice being given. Included within the Level 2 investments above are investments where the redemption notice period is greater than 90 days. Such investments have been classified as Level 2 because their value is based on observable inputs.

Assets classified as Level 3 long-term unlisted investments are underlying Limited Partnerships which are not traded or available for redemption. The fair value of these assets is derived from quarterly statements provided by each Limited Partnership's administrator. The Group does not have transparency over the inputs of this valuation.

The following table presents the movements in Level 3 investments of the Partnership for the six months to 30 September 2021, the six months to 30 September 2020 and the year to 31 March 2021:

 
                                                            Unaudited      Unaudited 
                                                           six months     six months    Audited 
                                               Capital             to             to    year to 
                              CRT Pioneer         pool   30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                     Fund   investment           2021           2020       2021 
                                  GBP'000      GBP'000        GBP'000        GBP'000    GBP'000 
 
Opening balance                    36,575       46,269         82,844         92,980     92,980 
Purchases                             542          445            987          2,372      5,748 
Return of capital                 (1,594)            -        (1,594)        (6,073)   (34,491) 
(Losses)/gains on financial 
 assets at fair value 
 through profit or loss                 -        7,429          7,429          7,583     18,607 
Closing balance                    35,523       54,143         89,666         96,862     82,844 
                              ===========  ===========  =============  =============  ========= 
 

The net gain for the period included in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income in respect of Level 3 investments of the Partnership held at the period end amounted to GBP7,429,000 (30 September 2020: GBP7,583,968 gain, 31 March 2021: GBP18,607,213 gain).

13. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

The Group had the following commitments as at 30 September 2021, 30 September 2020 and 31 March 2021:

 
                                         Unaudited      Unaudited  Audited year 
                                      30 September   30 September      31 March 
                                              2021           2020          2021 
                                           GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
Life science portfolio 
Milestone payments to life science 
 companies                                  96,162         76,233       106,854 
CRT Pioneer Fund                             4,521          6,948         4,888 
 
Capital pool investment                      2,760          3,959         3,751 
                                                    -------------  ------------ 
Total                                      103,443         87,140       115,493 
                                     =============  =============  ============ 
 

There were no contingent liabilities as at 30 September 2021 (30 September 2020: nil, 31 March 2021: nil). The commitments are expected to fall due in the next 36 months.

14. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

These Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements were approved for issuance by the Board on 10 November 2021.

On 5 October 2021, SIML incorporated a 100% owned subsidiary, SIML Switzerland AG.

GLOSSARY

 
Company                     Syncona Limited 
 
Capital pool/Capital        Capital pool investments plus cash plus less 
 base                        other net liabilities. 
 
                            The underlying investments consist of cash 
                             and cash equivalents, including short-term 
                             (1, 3, and 6 month) UK treasury bills and 
Capital pool investments     legacy fixed term funds. 
 
Company                     Syncona Limited. 
 
                            The Cancer Research Technologies Pioneer 
                             Fund LP. The CRT Pioneer Fund is managed 
                             by Sixth Element Capital and invests in oncology 
CRT Pioneer Fund             focused assets. 
 
General Partner             Syncona GP Limited. 
 
                            Syncona Limited and Syncona GP Limited are 
Group                        collectively referred to as the "Group". 
 
Holding Company             Syncona Holdings Limited. 
 
Investment Manager          Syncona Investment Management Limited. 
 
IRR                         Internal Rate of Return. 
 
                            The underlying investments in this segment 
                             are those whose activities focus on actively 
                             developing products to deliver transformational 
Life science portfolio       treatments to patients. 
 
                            Gross Life Science portfolio return for 30 
                             September 2021: (21.3) per cent; 30 September 
                             2020, 24.8 per cent; 31 March 2021: 11.8 
                             per cent. 
 
                             This is calculated as the valuation change 
Li fe s cien ce portfol      including FX movement as a % of the opening 
 io retu rn                  Life Science portfolio value. 
 
  A Opening Life Science Portfolio                                           722.14 
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
  B Net deployed capital                                                      49.18 
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
  C Valuation movement                                                     (153.46) 
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
  D Closing Life Science Portfolio                                           617.86 
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
Life Science Portfolio       Life science portfolio total return 
 Return Calculation           (C/A)                                         (21.3%) 
                             -------------------------------------------  --------- 
 
MES                         Management Equity Shares. 
 
                            Net asset value ("NAV") is a measure of the 
                             value of the company, being its assets - 
                             principally investments made in other companies 
Net asset value, net         and cash and cash equivalents held - minus 
 assets or NAV               any liabilities. 
 
                            NAV per share is calculated by dividing net 
                             assets by the number of shares in issue adjusted 
                             for dilution by the potential share-based 
                             payment share issues expressed as pence per 
                             share. NAV takes account of dividends payable 
NAV per share                on the ex-dividend date. 
 
                            NAV total return ("NAVTR") is the measure 
                             of how the net asset value per share has 
                             performed over a period, considering both 
                             capital returns and dividends paid to shareholders. 
                             NAVTR is calculated as the increase in NAV 
                             between the beginning and end of the period, 
                             plus any dividends paid to the shareholders 
NAV total return             in the year. 
 
  Opening NAV per fully diluted share 
   (note 9)                                                                   193.9 
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
  Closing NAV per fully diluted share 
   (note 9)                                                                   171.7 
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
  Movement                                                                   (22.2) 
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
                            Dividend paid in the period (note 10)                 - 
                            --------------------------------------------  --------- 
  Total movement                                                             (22.2) 
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------  --------- 
                             Total movement/opening NAV per fully 
NAVTR calculation             diluted share                                 (11.4)% 
                             -------------------------------------------  --------- 
Partnership                  Syncona Investments LP Incorporated. 
 
                             A Simple Rate of Return is the method used 
Return                        for return calculations. 
 
SIML                         Syncona Investment Management Limited. 
 
                             The Company and its subsidiaries other than 
Syncona Group Companies       those companies within the life science portfolio. 
 
                             The Foundation distributes funds to a range 
                              of charities, principally those involved 
The Syncona Foundation        in the areas of life science and health care. 
 
Total Shareholder Return     Movement in share price plus dividends. 
 

[1] Fully diluted , please refer to note 9 in the condensed consolidated financial statements

[2] Alternative performance measure , please refer to glossary

[3] FX rate for initial investment as at 11 August 2021, the date of initial investment

[4] Includes Clade Series A financing

[5] Syncona holding will continue to be valued at Price of Recent Investment in line with the Series C financing round and IPEV guidelines

[6] Alternative performance measure, refer to glossary

[7] Alternative performance measure, refer to glossary

[8] See footnote 4

[9] Syncona shareholdings reported as fully diluted

[10] Details of the data presented at the Retina Society meeting are available on the Gyroscope website . Details of the data presented at the American Academy of Opthalmology (AAO) and Retina World Congress (RWC) meetings will also be available on the Gyroscope website and RWC websites 13 November and 21 November respectively.

[11] See footnote 5

[12] Data cut-off date of 6 October 2021

[13] Purespring's unbiased in-vivo screening platform which comprehensively screens for protective factors that could have applications across several kidney diseases

[14] FX rate taken on date of initial investment

[15] Primary input to fair value

[16] The basis of valuation is stated to be "Cost", this means the primary input to fair value is capital

invested (cost) which is then calibrated in accordance with our Valuation Policy

[17] The basis of valuation is stated to be "PRI", this means the primary input to fair value is price of recent

investment which is then calibrated in accordance with our Valuation Policy

[18] Includes capital invested in CEGX and write off of 14MG

[19] Includes write off of Azeria

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