£2 million private equity group investment for Warwick pain relief innovation


Mercia Technologies PLC, the Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire-based investment group which targets innovative technology businesses with high growth potential from the UK regions, has announced an additional £2.0million direct investment as part of a circa £2.4million syndicated investment round into Medherant Limited, the Warwick-based clinical-stage company developing innovative products for pain and CNS diseases using a unique transdermal delivery technology, TEPI Patch®.

The global transdermal drug delivery market in which Medherant operates is expected to reach $7.1billion by 2023 from an estimated $5.7billion in 2018.

Medherant spun out of the University of Warwick in 2014 and received its first investment from Mercia’s managed funds in 2015. Since then the company has developed an extensive patent estate and secured an exclusive worldwide licence from Bostik SA for the medical use of a novel adhesive. Mercia now holds a 33.6% direct equity stake in the business. 

This latest investment will enable Medherant to finalise the selection of three TEPI Patch® products to take into clinical development.

Medherant will be showcasing its unique patch technology to over 16,000 attendees from 74 countries at the BIO International Convention in Philadelphia at the beginning of June.  

Nigel Davis, CEO of Medherant, said: “TEPI Patch® technology holds great promise as a better way of delivering many different types of drugs. We are pleased to have supportive investors led by Mercia who are enabling us to progress the development of patch products that will bring significant benefits to patients across the globe.”

Mark Payton, Chief Executive Officer at Mercia Technologies PLC, said: “Medherant represents Mercia’s second largest investment within our direct investment portfolio of Life Science & Biosciences companies, which combined account for circa 25% of our direct investment portfolio by value. We are encouraged by the progress the team is making and this latest round of syndicated investment will support the continued development of Medherant’s suite of unique transdermal patches, targeted at attractive high-growth markets with significant unmet medical needs.”