MedLumics, a cardiac device company specializing in optically guided minimally invasive instruments, announced that it has raised 34.4M Euros in financing that will be used to help advance the product and clinical development of the company’s AblaView catheter, intended for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) and other arrhythmias. This financing is the largest in the history of medtech in Spain and one of the largest in Europe this year.
Led by Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners (EdRIP), the Series B round included funding from new investors Seroba Life Sciences, Innogest Capital and a strategic investor, as well as from existing investors, Ysios Capital Partners and Caixa Capital Risc. As a consequence, EdRIP’s Olivier Litzka, Seroba’s James Greene as well as Innogest’s Claudio Rumazza will join the board of directors of the company.
“While we have been actively advancing our lesion assessment technology for the last two years, we are very pleased to see that the significant Series B investment will give MedLumics the means to complete our best-in-class product, conduct a series of international clinical trials to prove its safety and efficacy, and market it to specialist centers. As the company advances and grows into new areas, we will now expand and develop the team internationally,” Eduardo Margallo, CEO of MedLumics, said.
“We believe MedLumics’ founders Eduardo Margallo and Jose Rubio have done a world class job in adapting and miniaturizing OCR technology such that it became applicable to an AF catheter. Based on our experience helping develop Endosense’s Tacticath to become the current gold standard in point-by-point ablation, we believe that MedLumics’ AblaView has all the necessary technological features to ultimately transform AF treatment by making the procedure significantly safer, more predictable and more successful,” Olivier Litzka, Partner at EdRIP said.
AF is the most common type of heart arrhythmia. An estimated 33.5 million people worldwide suffered from AF in 2010, and prevalence of the disease is expected to increase as the number of people over the age of 65 continues to expand. Although many technologies have emerged over the last several years to improve the catheter ablation treatment of AF, the procedure remains highly complex and in part difficult to predict. Broad registries reveal recurrence rates of up to 60 percent at the one-year follow-up time point. The major widely accepted cause of recurrence after initially successful treatment is pulmonary vein reconnection due to ineffective lesion formation.
MedLumics’ technology addresses exactly that problem with its AblaView catheter: it will provide the clinicians with direct, real-time information on lesion formation in the tissue surrounding the catheter’s radiofrequency electrode during the ablation process. Although AF patients are expected to benefit most from this innovation, AblaView is also expected to improve the accuracy of other arrhythmia ablation procedures. The company is currently completing development of a clinical version of the catheter with 360-degree, real-time “view” of the tissue around the catheter tip.
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